- PROGRAM: Research Laboratories, Park, Hiking path
- CLIENT: Regione Calabria
- PARTNER IN CHARGE: Alessandro Orsini
- PROJECT ARCHITECT: Anna Perelman
- TEAM: Ronald Dapsis
The proposal for the solar park takes on a mixture of environmental responsibilities and experiments in the form of pursuing new solutions to our persistent energy problems. In the process of finding further efficient ways to travel, the older roads are left behind unused. To invigorate the older route and give it purpose, we propose to combine the hard science of solar energy experiments and the soft ideals and principles of interacting with nature through parks while researching environmental and sustainable energy studies. The solar park emerges through phasing, which initiates between the furthest point away from the faster new route and the slower old route. The pressure from incoming and outgoing traffic engages the parts that are existing agriculture, indicated in yellow, and introduces the areas that can be allocated for solar energy collection and sustainable energy experiments, indicated in blue. We propose to convert the slower route as a bike route and along which both the agriculture and solar park begin mixing. The final phase would introduce a terracing technique along the side of the mountain when the solar park begins expanding past the plateau of the mountain and wind power collection coming of the sea along the viaducts. The introduction of the solar park can appear anywhere along the highway and can spread the entire stretch of Calabria from Bagnara Calabra to Scilla. The provisional cost for the first and second phases would be estimated lower than the cost of the destruction of the older route. Depending on how successful the solar proposals are in the first two phases, ideally the first two phases would self generate the costs of the third phase.