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Reconceptualizing of Brighton Seafront

• Reconceptualizing of Brighton Seafront, London

Reconceptualizing of Brighton Seafront

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Reconceptualizing of Brighton Seafront
Landscape design, coastal resilience
Holta Deda
Holta Deda
Brighton, London, UK
Project Study
2019-2020
– m2


Enrico Evangelisti, Inigo Cornago Bonal, Kristof Fatsar

Photomontage (model+photography of the site)
Photomontage (model+photography of the site)

Brighton represents an overly complex and dynamic cityscape within a dense urban area alongside the seafront. Very distinctive buildings across the seafront represent traces of the past and create a collection of architectural features infused with contemporary buildings.

genplan
Genplan

The prime examples of these features are Brighton Palace – Pier, Volk’s Electric Railway, Madeira Terrace, Madeira Drive Road. All these unique urban elements host, at various times of the year, a wide range of cultural activities and are vital for the economy of the city.

Rikonceptimi i bregdetit Brighton
Conceptual design

Brighton is also a city at risk. It needs to protect against the climate changes such as sea storms (causing flooding and soil erosion) and the magnitude of population mobility between different seasons. Climate change is showing an increase in the water levels from tidal activities in the next 50-100 years of about 30-50 cm. These changes in sea levels will have a significant effect on the city and it’s ability to host social and economic events in the future.

Schematic concept analyses

This project will have a significant positive impact to retain the cultural and economic strength of the city with direct impact on the resident’s standards of living and the tourism activity in the city.

Site plan
Site plan
SECTION
Elevation
Elevation

The proposed idea is based on protecting and enhancing the seaside area by combining the grey and green infrastructure with the Rip Rap stone technique in the area between the beach and the electric railway.

Existing situation Sketch
Existing situation Sketch
Rikonceptimi i bregdetit Brighton
Proposed situation
Storm Event scenario
Storm Event scenario

These stones are combined with effective local vegetation that serve not only as attractive features but as important elements of the public realm. Increasing flower beds (shrubs) where possible contributes in the quality of the area particularly plants such as the Madeira terrace by implementing a green roof terrace with a path for pedestrian access.

Rikonceptimi i bregdetit Brighton
View from the Madeira Terrace
Photography of the model Sc 1:500
Photography of the model Sc 1:500

about HOLTA DEDA

  • Urban Planner / Landscape Architect
  • Kingston University London (Postgraduate Student MA for Landscape & Urbanism)
  • An exceptionally unique experience of landscape, urban design and architectural work in the UK and overseas including high profile projects with creative design solutions and a ‘working together’ approach that ensures quality and results.
  • Experience in a wide range of development projects from international competitions, high profile housing, large residential developments, hospitality and other projects in Tirana and across Albania as part of Dea Studio.
  • A unique project experience as a project manager, onsite design supervision, senior architect and urban planner.

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