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Europan 14: Productive Cities


City: Narvik
Title: Synchronicity

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NTQ is a city: a building made of neighborhoods; a synchronic interaction of its fragmented condition.

The rise of the creative worker as a motor for post-industrial economy has driven productivity in technological sectors to depend their ability to generate ideas products that are innovative. Contemporary working dynamics expand productivity to an innovative ecosystem based on interactions between knowledge, technology and markets.
Nowadays, the success of any holistic productive process depends directly on the ability of space to foster these interactions.

Our vision for the NTQ is to create a productive ecosystem based on the interaction and economic recirculation of the three main programmatic categories: knowledge production, technological production and social visibility.
The intention is to promote a creative and communicated environment, and encourage through architectural means, all positive relations, interactions and collisions between the three programmatic categories and its actors.
Every action, every decision and every analytical tool in this proposal, is directly oriented to foster the interaction within the productive ecosystem.

The main urban concern is to transform the city into a sum of inputs and resources for the productive ecosystem: our strategy does not attend to urban morphology, and is centered on detecting opportunities, actors and institutions which can be a positive reinforcement for the innovation ecosystem.
The NTQ offers the city a new common space in which to redirect and connect existing programs.

Good news! The existing buildings in the site are of an extremely heterogeneous condition: we have a varied collection of spatial resources as typologies, dimensions, heights…
This variety is extremely positive for the productive ecosystem, as it allows to host different scales in highly interwoven, versatile and stimulating spaces, and to foster creative dynamics by disrupting homogeneous spaces.
The intervention is oriented to reinforce and connect the fragmented condition by adding three more autonomous volumes, which are not conceived as symbolic, isolated additions to the technological quarter, but rather as connecting structures. Their contiguity among the existing structures creates a unitary system of neighborhoods that unite the disparate elements around 3 open plazas.