EXTENSIVE URBAN WORKSHOP_ A CHANGEABLE URBAN CELL, WHERE ITS RESIDENTS DECIDE ABOUT ITS MORPHOLOGY AND FUNCTIONS.
Team: m. avramidou
objectives of the proposal
Project’s main objective is to “Re-condense City” through theorizing sustainability in urban scale. The proposal relates to a new residential unit, part of a larger area, which has the capacity to change according to the needs of its residents. The residents together with a specialist periodically decide and design the new public space that is created within the four urban blocks. The new urban space is actually a wooden platform hosting all of the urban functions.
The wooden platform consists of some changeable and some fixed parts. The changeable parts are composed of cubical wooden surfaces with dimensions of 2x2m that can removed and replaced by other materials and functions (plants, water, light, seats). On either side of them, there are the fixed parts for the installation of street furniture, the storage of the wooden surfaces of the changeable parts and also for the service of the entrance in residences. In addition, there are rods for hanging shades or other items in order for the space to be used in all seasons. This creates a sense of social responsibility and maintenance of public space by the residents and the platform is a key expression of its people. Furthermore, the uncovered interior spaces of the apartment blocks and the reused urban voids are the “lungs” of the new residential unit, as they house urban agriculture and vegetation, changing the microclimate and biodiversity locally and supralocal. The proposal is offered to residents in the initial phase, as shown below, ie, the variable part of the cross blank to form by the residents with the advice of the specialist
Sustainability and sustainable development through the proposal.
Sustainability lies in the flexibility of the plan in order to allow future changes without affecting the structural integrity of buildings. The design aims to achieve optimal ventilation and cooling, the use of natural resources to produce energy, improve air quality and reduce noise, reduce the temperature during summer and enhance the biodiversity and aquifer recharge. Furthermore, the management of waste is proposed (recycling, biomass). The social dimension of the design provides public spaces, increases the value of urban space as passage and strengthens social contact and social interaction. The economic dimension aimed at attracting economic activity will increase the value of the land and bring development. Finally, the mixed land use will result in reduction of trips to the city center and will lead to the "suburbanization" and the restoration of the traditional concept of the neighborhood.
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Architectural Design Competition/// project team: Maria Avramidou September 2011