Smout Allen

Ness Lafoy - Curating Wilderness

A New Alpine Convention is proposed with an equal focus on the European Alps permanent residents and tourists.

Aggressive resort development and infrastructure has devastating ecological consequences on the region. With sites across the Alps ready for development, is there a more sustainable future development model for the Alps, a new type of hybrid resort, which seeks to initiate a collaboration between skiing and the preservation of the natural environment? The Convention critiques the development of tourism in the Alps and uses the establishment of alpine architectural clichés and visual landscape cues in an attempt to move towards a new alpine typology, which gradually adapts to a future without the ski industry. Acting as the Headquarters for the French Alpine Commission’s efforts to rewild the alps and as a ski resort, the project provides a future-proof alternative to unsustainable resort construction.

Back to the Future 2017