JINEN | regenerative forest

The installation “JINEN | regenerative forest ”is a circular architecture project that began in May and ended on December 1st, with a ceremony to return the seedlings to Vallevecchia in Venice. Thus begins a second phase of the JINEN project which, after having been carefully uninstalled, is reborn again in a different place.
Based on the oriental concept of “Jinen (occurring by itself)”, Tono Mirai’s earthen architectural work “Regenerating Forest – JINEN” symbolically represents the regenerating Venetian “forest” with the theme of circulation.. The work of art is in fact a structure made with natural materials: earth, wood and bamboo that symbolize the city of Venice and the Venetian ecosystem. The installation encourages viewers to reflect on a lifestyle in perfect harmony with nature.

The work was exhibited at the “Time Space Existence” exhibition organized by the ECC (European Cultural Center), a collateral event of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia.

Change of attitude in the use of the beaches

The supervision of the dune sites and the awareness of those who frequent them have led to encouraging results in terms of limiting anthropogenic disturbance. The coordination between the staff of the LIFE Redune project and the associations operating in the area has made it possible to share with tourists and stakeholders good practices for a sustainable use of the beaches, allowing the coexistence between use of the beach and conservation of dune ecosystems. With the 2018-2021 environmental education activities, over 8,300 tourists and residents (adults and children of elementary, middle and high schools) were reached and, thanks to the solicitations of the LIFE Redune project in coordination with public bodies, a condition was restored of normality even where a situation of strong anthropogenic pressure had emerged.

The experience of the LIFE Redune project therefore highlights the value of communication, environmental education and active control of dune sites. In order for these actions to be of support to the concrete actions for the restoration of dune habitats, it is necessary that these are implemented well in advance of the concrete actions, so as to create the social and cultural conditions necessary to guarantee the long-term sustainability of the project. These activities will represent an important chapter in the after LIFE plan.