New Mersea Common





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Iga Swiercz 
2021 - 2022
Jatiphak Boonmun (Animation)
Karlis Kukainis (3D)
Iga Swiercz (3D)
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Still from an animation of a community driven design project located on Mersea Island.





The diverse ecosystems and community of Mersea Island are under the threat of extensive coastal erosion and flooding. Coastal managers realize that in manysituations attempting to stop erosion through structural or non-structural solutions is a losing battle.






Designing with community, at local and bioregional scales allows for multiple futures for the New Mersea Commons.




To address this issue a new managed retreat is proposed and the communication tools and language are investigated to support the community. The self-made Mersea Commons design plan supports the community in creating a common methodology for the relocation. The project act as a catalyst to the introduction of participatory tools in relocation projects and investigates how approaches with people and at local scales allow for preservation instead of the loss of traditional referents while creating resilient relocation strategies.











Mersea Style




The participatory citizen science recognizes and addresses the needs of the citizens of Mersea Island while enabling the renewal and preservation of the ecosystems and ‘Mersea Style’.













The film delves into the managed retreat of people and at local scales allow for preservation instead of the loss of traditional referents while creating resilient relocation strategies. Show casing life within the new Mersea Common through section. This involves incorporating the scenes with island's cultural heritage and traditional industries, such as fishing and osyter farming, into the new community's design and lifestyle. The film also show the preservation of the island's natural ecosystem, recognizing its crucial role in sustaining the community's livelihoods and well-being.


























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