Russia, by EEA
If this design would end up as a success, by the year 2030 we might have similar islands all over the world representing each country. The size of the island would be connected to the national product of a country, its wealth, leaving AfricaÂ with tiny islands littering its seas and lakes.
The idea seems simple. After example of â€˜The Worldâ€™ in Dubai, just take the image of a country and built it. And to take the idea just a step further into the literal; recreate the main geographical features of the land: â€œThe Russian river network is used as a reference for the island’s waterways; the high mountains inspire the island reliefâ€, EEA writes.
Beyond this simple image â€“ is it a â€˜hookâ€™ to get the attention of the president? â€“ the exact contents of the design are somewhat more complex. â€˜The Worldâ€™ and Palms of Dubai are an effect of a strategy to extent the coastline, this island though hasÂ pretty much the shortest coastline imaginable â€“ if the â€˜shoresâ€™ of the waterways are not taken into account. And more striking: the coast itself is kept pristine. There is no need for beaches, just a need for an image.
ThisÂ reminds me of the architecture of national pavilions on World Expoâ€™s. A national pavilion is also mostly designed to transmit an image of a country. To just recreate the map of a country is a simple representation of a country. A bit too simple maybe, as the country is presented as an island, while it in reality isnâ€™t. With â€˜The Worldâ€™ in Dubai in mind, the reading of this project is like: The world; that is Russia. And that on the other hand can be considered a virtue by the Russian Government, I think.
Within the constraints of iconography an alternative to representing the map could be to represent anÂ nationalÂ icon. Canada plans a floating maple leaf, Switzerland has build an embassy in the form of their white cross, and for Holland we might consider building a tulip. For Russia though, what can we think of? A giant hammer and sickle? Haha, thatâ€™s no virtue. Compared to that, a map is safely neutral.
I just realize that from an investment point of view this â€˜resortâ€™ could really work. It might be build for the Winter Olympics of 2014 in the Black Sea. But after that it could very well get a second life as a vacation resort. And that means profit.
Erick van EgeraatÂ meets President PoetinÂ (Copyright EEA)