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Europan 14: Productive Cities

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City: Lillestrøm
Title: The Techno Monks

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If corporate campuses and industrial cities are counterproductive urban spaces and landscapes, it’s because tech companies builds in its own image, as a global island and not as production commons of the place they grow from.
The contemporary productive city is also much more than urban farming and beehives in roof terraces. It is about an architecture and city structure that reflects the innovation behind the region’s growth. It is about empowering citizens so even small one person companies can have access to high tech equipment and facilities.

Knitting the sweater while the wool is still growing:
Despite its clear reference to the site, the resultant model is sufficiently potent to generate its own organizational and regulating ‘forces’.

What if small scale artisans could rent industrial robots currently not easily available for non-industrial production?
What if a landscape of technified manufacture could trigger a new generation of Norwegian craftsmanship?
What if beautiful objects of the highest quality are created with pride literally in your backyard. As a kind of evolution of the so called Man-cave. No more garages workshops.
What if the cycles of light, weather and student life define the use of certain big boxes. Long sun lit hours in the summer become spaces for recreation while the dark days and nights of the winter are landscapes without humans into full production. What if the most beautiful chairs are produced here?
What if living with the robots triggers creativity in unexpected ways?
What if these processes are visible to kids while they play in the kindergarten?

Yes to all: In your backyard

What is today made and designed in Norway?
Norway has unique opportunities for small scale production of high quality arts and craft. By bringing small workshops, manufacture, co-working spaces into the core of dense blocks it is possible to invite target audiences interested in boosting these manufacture economies, and in turn make use of technologies not easily available to small producers and companies.

By proposing a model based on productive monasteries, the boundaries between production, display, occupation recreation and living are blurred and do not depend on a strong corporate branding. New occupants as a kind of techno monks with enjoy and share among the machines. A landscape initially perverse that in reality resembles picturesque life among productive animals.