Team Representative: Joana Gil Ribeiro (PT) – architect; Associates: Rui Cunha (PT) – architect
Contributor: Carolina Gil Ribeiro (PT) – urbanist
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R. Cunha, C. Gil Ribeiro & J. Gil Ribeiro
VIDEO (by the team)
1. How did you form the team for the competition?
The team is formed by family members: two sisters and one husband. Some of us worked together in an architectural firm, while others have different work experiences that were crucial for this competition. Each of us has different skills, so we believed that we could come up with a well-rounded team.
2. How do you define the main issue of your project, and how did you answer on this session main topic: the place of productive activities within the city?
We identified that the project main issue was to create a plan and a program that could regenerate the area in a sustainable way while taking the site history into account. With this idea in mind and considering that the site was a former farm and research centre, we decided to create a Farm incubator that would support a village around it. Recognizing that the contemporary young generation has little connection and knowledge to farming industry, the idea was to create a place where this knowledge could be tested and learned and applied in the same site.
3. How did this issue and the questions raised by the site mutation meet?
We proposed a plan that it is intended to be flexible to the needs of the Farm Incubador, but we also had in mind the idea of mutation of the uses by proposing housing systems based on a greenhouse structure. By adding CLT models the greenhouse structure can be converted into different typologies of housing (or even into public programs, such as kindergartens) and then, if needed, converted back to a greenhouse again.
4. Have you treated this issue previously? What were the reference projects that inspired yours?
We have not dealt with farming systems before, but our experience as architects in the housing market has given us some perspective on the importance of assuring that a project can live and remain useful decades after being built.
We had in mind several reference projects specifically focused on building housing inside greenhouses, from Bengt Warne in the 1970s to more contemporary projects, like the Regen Villages by EFFEKT Architects, as this was something we wanted to experiment in Finland. The relation between farming and urbanity was also present in reference projects as Europacity by BIG archietcts.
5. Urban-architectural projects like the ones in Europan can only be implemented together with the actors through a negotiated process and in time. How did you consider this issue in your project?
We considered it before choosing the site, it was important for us that the winning prize had this possibility clearly stated. After contacting with the Tuusula Municipality, we found the necessary openness and availability to negotiate between what was proposed and the hopes of the inhabitants without compromising the vision that both the municipality and we had for the site.
The site briefing requested that a planning of the site construction could be set through building stages and, as we see it, it is a healthy process that will allow us to debate and define the right solution for the site.
6. Is it the first time you have been awarded a prize at Europan? How could this help you in your professional career?
It was the first time that we have been awarded and participated. It has already helped our professional career because we have been offered the possibility to continue the project with the Tuusula Municipality.
Functions: Architects. One of our team members is a Territory Engineer, currently on a PHD on Climate Studies. This was essential for us because we wanted to
Average age of the associates: 35 years old
Has your team, together or separately, already conceived or implemented some projects and/or won any competition? If yes, which ones?
We have 10-12 years of work experience, but in different offices. This was the first time we have worked as a team.