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Europan 14: Productive Cities


City: Lillestrøm
Title: The 5th landscape

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In times of uncertain economics and lacking politics, unpredictable dynamics and outcomes, we are moving towards a jobless society, one in which the dominant syllogism will be: by 2040 robotisation replace up to 60% of the workforce in developed countries, causing massive unemployment and requiring higher basic incomes. In such context, what will production become? Since urban-strategic planning has proven its inability to predict the future, adapt to unstable conditions, direct changes and sustain growth, what will happen once all coordinates and reliable data are lost? The 5th Landscape sublimates all critical factors of Nesa South in a three-phases coherent process of regeneration. At first, the cooperative project of soil remediation on the edge of the site ignites the public interest while creating a physical base for coming constructions and the active landscape of plinths connected by a bike route; afterwards, the Dynea factory is transformed into a mixed cultural center (following successful projects like Essen’s Zeche Zollverein) with venues, schools and programs for starters; in the end, the plinths melts down adding a layer of fresh soil to the continuous landscape, a brand new ground of possibilities is born!

The necessity is to change the perception that people have of Nesa South, and what better chance to create interested clients than make them feel part of a bottom-up process of development? The vision of a collective process to improve the quality of the contaminated soil is a step by step story of collaboration between private developers and citizens.The definition activities to fill the buildings of Dynea should consider art and education as its main engine of development: the vertical extensions of existing shed will create the conditions for galleries and the largest venues, while smaller buildings can easily be turned into lofts, ateliers and workshops. At the same time, all office buildings can host service functions and commercial activities: thanks to an open ground floor, these anonymous architectures will be integrated in the continuous landscape of coloured surfaces  at the DCC. Public space becomes the primary connective element of the DCC. A patchwork of impermeable grounds with different colours will define the thematic areas of the center while all elevated infrastructures of the Dynea industry (pipes, tanks, overheads) will be projected on the ground to design a network of paths and amenities leading to the main facilities.