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Pico: A Productive Landscape

Part 2 Project 2015
Daniel Titchener
Kingston University Kingston-Upon-Thames UK
Pico is one of nine volcanic islands in the Azores colonised in 1460 by the Portuguese. The growth of vines soon became necessary for the Catholic Eucharist and established a unique type of grape cultivation. Due to the exposure to Atlantic salt spray and a lack of soil, it forced vines to grow through the cracks in the basalt rock. Protected by dry-stone walls called “Currais”, they created a lace like pattern around Pico’s coastline, however, its economy was drastically hit when disease struck the vines in the mid-nineteenth century. This left large areas of Currais abandoned and overgrown by a homogenous shrub thicket. Neighbouring Madalena, Pico’s main town and harbour, a large part of the island gained UNESCO world heritage status in 2004.

Today, Pico has an incentive of doubling wine production in the next 10 years. A new proposal aspires to reestablish Pico’s vinicultural economy with a connection between Madalena and the Currais, creating a definitive edge to Madalena and a belvedere for its surroundings. A winery and market employs an architecture that blends with Pico’s ruinous qualities and reclaims the interior as a contiguous part of the town, from which one is connected to the landscape.

Daniel Titchener

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Daniel Rosbottom
2015
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