Project Heracles. 200 postcards from the Straits

200 ideas, designs and proposals received following Project Heracles, Domus's call for ideas for an imaginary infrastructure connecting Africa and Europe.

 

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Until 19 July you can send ideas/postcards to the The Gopher Hole gallery in London.

Last May, inspired by an email exchange between philosophers Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage, Domus invited readers to send in their ideas for possible ways to connect the European and African continents across the Strait of Gibraltar. The results range in scale—and feasibility—from a simple cablecar to a giant floating Mediterranean city, frequently questioning the troubled history of the relationship between the two continents.

Project Heracles: Call for ideas
Project Heracles: A Eurafrican Bridge
An open letter to the President of the European Council
Project Heracles exhibition in London

Project Heracles #1:Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage comment on selected contributions to Project Heracles

Project Heracles #2: Geoff Manaugh comments on selected contributions to Project Heracles

Frequency with which certain design strategies recur among the 200 projects received:
21 Islands and archipelagos
10 Ship chains
6 Bridge-cities
6 Red Sea
5 Bridges suspended with air ballons
4 Tensile structures
4 Funiculars
4 Tightropes
3 Rainbows
3 Markets
3 Airships
2 Underwater bridges
2 Roller coasters
2 Tunnels
1 No bridge
1 Geoengineering
1 Shopping mall
1 Zebra crossing
1 New continent
1 Swimming Pool

The exhibition Project Heracles: 200 Postcards from the Eurafrican Border inaugurates at The Gopher Hole in London on 19 July 2011.

Above postcard by: Fabrizio Tozzoli & Eliana Salazar (San Lazzaro di Savena, Italy)

Project Heracles: Call for ideas
 

Project Heracles: Call for ideas

Bridge? Tunnel? Cablecar? Dam? Metropolis? Market? Power plant? Museum? Icon? Prison? Park? Airport? Send us a postcard with your ideas for a connection between Africa and Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar.

 

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An open letter to the President of the European Council

After surveying proposals for a Eurafrican bridge, a plea to marshal the Heraclean effort to complete the last great juncture between earth's landmasses.

 

Op-ed / Joseph Grima

200... Ideas to Connect Two Continents

An exhibition at London's Gopher Hole gallery on the results of Project Heracles opens on July 21

 

Past-events

Project Heracles #1
 

Project Heracles #1

Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage comment on selected contributions to Project Heracles.

 

Architecture / Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage

Project Heracles: where the EURO meets the AFRO
 

Project Heracles: where the EURO meets the AFRO

Bjarke Ingels/BIG contributes designs for new EU and African currencies for an exhibition of proposals for a Eurafrican Bridge at London's The Gopher Hole.

 

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Project Heracles #2
 

Project Heracles #2

Geoff Manaugh initiates a series of guest-curated proposals for Project Heracles, selecting the most intriguing projects among the hundreds received.

 

Architecture / Geoff Manaugh

Emergency Pediatric Clinic, Darfur
 

Emergency Pediatric Clinic, Darfur

In Nyala, this NGO children's hospital functions as a large "thermal machine" designed to adapt to extreme environmental conditions.

 

Architecture / Raul Pantaleo,Gino Strada