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1. How did you form the team for the competition?
We have been friends and colleagues for many years so it was a natural decision for us to work together, even though we live in different countries and work in different companies now. Each of us has our own strengths, which we cherish and which we try to make the most of.
2. How do you define the main issue of your project, and how did you answer on this session main topic, Living cities?
The main issue of the site is the lack of attention, maintenance and investments and, as a result, poor quality of the outdoor and public spaces of Risøy island. At the same time, the site has incredible potential and an excellent location. There are enough municipal areas including green parks that can be developed into high-quality outdoor spaces and be actively used by all generations and social groups. There are also several municipal or semi/private buildings that have a great potential to become successful commercial public places. The project tells a story of how the potential of the island is used to create a place with a high quality of living, a place where people with different backgrounds could communicate and share their experiences. The focus is not on the creation of new buildings, but on the restoration, development and adaptation of existing structures and implementation of greenery.
The goal of the project is to create strong social connections and social sustainability. The project consists of many small interventions which will have a strong impact on social behaviour and provoke people to act and develop. Small but accurate natural adjustments will help to maximise the usability of the sites that are almost abandoned now. The small architectural adjustments will start big social changes, just like seeds grow into trees in nature.
We do not have a lot of experience in working with projects with similar issues. We were mostly inspired by the site itself but also referred to the way our colleagues (urbanists and landscape architects) work.
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?
The project presupposes and promotes active involvement of the local community in the process of the activation of the residential area. A starting point can be an arrangement of meetings and dialogues between the municipality, owners of the private property and current residents. It is important to set a common goal and share the responsibility. Residents can begin with the small changes on their properties around their houses. This will already improve the appearance of the streets. Some of them may be eager to transform their properties and create small public places where people could communicate. Gradually the involvement of the municipality becomes more active with bigger transformations of residential streets, parks and squares.
6. Is it the first time you have been awarded a prize at Europan? How could this help you in your professional career?
This is the first time we participate in Europan competition and we are happy that our project is awarded. Although we didn't win, this achievement is beneficial for our CV.
IDENTITÉ DE L'ÉQUIPE
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Fonction : architecture
Âge moyen des associés : 35 ans
Has your team, together or separately, already conceived or implemented some projects and/or won any competition? if yes, which ones?
2015 - Beebreders / Bangkok Fashion Hub – 1st Prize