Kiev Islands eco-tourism proposal

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The aim of this competition project is to define a new sustainable landscape for the Kiev Islands.

The sustainable landscape places habitat creation, maintenance and protection to the fore in an effort to preserve and enhance local and regional biodiversity.  The sustainable landscape, by necessity, provides facilities for a growing population in Kiev that is seeking ever more diverse recreational pursuits and a healthy environment in which to pursue those activities.

It is envisaged that the sustainable landscape of the Kiev Islands (the Pearls of the Dnieper project) will define a new approach to 21st Century landscape design placing the City at the vanguard of environmental design in the Ukraine.  The project will have a strongly educational role and it is expected that it will act as a seed from which new ideas in regard to sustainable landscape design shall spring forth.

Beautiful pearls are the result of a biological process; they are an oyster’s way of protecting itself from foreign substances.  The islands of the Dnieper can be described as pearls only when they function as self-sustaining ecosystems that fend off negative impacts on the environment and to achieve this requires environmentally sustainable design, collective understanding of that design and its considered maintenance in perpetuity.

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Design Inspiration

The inspiration for the design comes from a number of sources including but not limited to:

  • A pearl necklace in which the individual pearls are linked together to create a unified masterpiece
  • Traditional Ukrainian buildings and ancient Ukrainian statuary as featured in the Ukrainian folk museum in Pyrohiv and the “Stone Babas” collection of the ancient stone sculptures in the Dnepropetrovsk Historical Museum.
  • Ukrainian cultural symbols, such as painted eggs
  • Wildlife of the Dnieper
  • Amsterdam’s Bospark which sought to define a new urban recreational park for the twentieth century, countering urbanisation and in which nature conservation was a primary goal and the use of native planting was triumphed.
  • The Cliffs of Moher interpretive centre, Co. Clare, Ireland

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In order to provide a point of reference for visitors, it is proposed that three types of symbol will be used to provide a language of connectivity for the project site.

1) The white eagle reflecting the importance of nature to the project.  This will be used on waymarkers, signage and features related to wildlife.

2) The painted egg indicates items of cultural or artistic importance

3) The Ukrainian totem indicates items of historical importance

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Design Proposals

The primary design proposals for the Kiev Islands incorporates the following elements:

  • Masterplan design indicating the primary functions and organisation of each island: access, tourist facilities, land art, wildlife preservation
  • A habitats management plan for each island
  • A variety of bird-watching hides to accord with the habitat in which they are located
  • A universal access route between all the islands (the healthy heart route).
  • A public hub building to be located in the centre of Venetsianski island
  • Organisational design for the islands of Venetsianski and Dolobetski

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