Europan's goal is not only to have new ideas emerge in the urban-architectural field and give a "label" to the winning teams; it also aims at transforming the winning ideas into operational developments of different shapes.
The first day of the Inter-Sessions Forum studies the potential or already engaged implementation processes after the E12 competition. Many projects on “The Adaptable City” proposed “projects-processes”, not “objects”, considering the new paradigms of a sustainable city in a new way to produce urban space.
Each Lecture/Debate –dealing with 4 topics qualifying the sites mutations– begins with a lecture on the innovations found in the results; 2 implementations from former sessions are then presented, followed by a debate on E12 “projects-processes” presented by the teams and clients. The goal is to show how cities can use these ideas/tools to develop interesting urban strategies and to compare them, creating stimulation for new processes.
Working on Ecorhythms means basing urban development on a strong synergy between urban and natural environments in order to break the principle of opposition that has separated city dwellers from natural realities and gradually undermined those realities.
Dynamic Urban Platforms
The (re-)development of obsolete areas can be approached in many ways: as a refreshment by multifunctional spaces, with temporary or extendable structures acting as acupunctures; or as a trial balloon to put a site on the map, initiate private co-financing or investment and find new intensity rhyhms.
Either in a concrete mobility infrastructure or in a virtual network of relationships between a number of urban nodes, the communities inhabiting or using these spaces may be small and apparently isolated. But the connections with the network open up possibilities for a richer urban life, a new mix of different programs and a more complex urbanity.
From Mono-Large to Multi-Mix
If one part of an area becomes redundant, it can await change or replacement without too great an impact on the whole. If new needs arise, these can be absorbed more smoothly into a differentiated pattern of distribution. A fine urban mix is more adaptable than a large mono-functional cluster.