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Europan 15: Productive Cities 2

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City: Guovdageaidnu
Title: Guovdageaidnu was’t built in a day

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Building cities is the single most important act of production (and reproduction) within society”. According to this, which is the meaning of building a city today? How can we define a productive society within a territory that has been shaped by the nomadic nature of inhabitants? It is not just a mere constructive issue, it is about space and how the inhabitants use it.

In a particular context as Guovdageaidnu, thinking about a productive city means to reflect on possible new relations between people and space. Traditionally linked to the Sami culture, Guovdageaidnu could be considered as a flux. It is the slow migration along the reindeer path, it is a snowy way to reach a shop, it is the distance for the nearest city. In this sense, we consider this diffuse city as a flow where people and knowledge can circulate freely. Mobility and collective actions make the centre. In fact, there is not a single center, but there is a widespread and linear spatiality. This condition suggests us a reflection on the street and its rhythms. The street is the public space and in its continual movement it needs some pauses. So, we focus on a first main strategy that regulate the movement defining: continuous flows, brakings related to the context and expansions linked to public spaces.

This step activates some “urban episodes” where productivity takes place. Combining historical habits in dynamic composition, this system focuses on a circular economy supported by the inhabitants’ daily life. These phenomena take place without the need of new architectures. Investing in new buildings could be not economically sustainable. The process foresees the integration of pre-existing functions with new public actions and the inclusion of private activities in a shared system. Any conversion is possible. The spatial changes show a new perception of the ordinary, moving on different levels of sharing and privacy.

The city grow with a set of “urban episodes” arranged on a matrix. Each section of this matrix considers a five minutes by steps. The alternation of the episodes allows a mixitè able to reduce the distances, so that citizens can quickly reach the services they needs. In this sense, production comes from small scale urban interactions. Public and private are integrated into a single residential and productive system. In fact, most of production could be done on a kitchen table, or immediately out of our home doors. Far from accepting domestic space as a simple way of being, the project focuses on its architectural nature in which the relations with the others play a fundamental role. This approach defines open spaces that will be turned into public places. The place of ‘work’ can no longer be confined so precisely to a specific space. This has not only become true in terms of city planning but also at the smaller scale of our individual experience. Home is the space of the family tradition and share it could become an act of production.

We propose a scenario which considers the real conditions and needs of a community. This project aims to investigate the consequences of breaking the barrier between inhabiting, working and living.