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Europan 13: Adaptable City 2

Self-organization, Sharing, Process

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City: Trondheim
Title: The false mirror

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Against the 20th century superimposed approach, the idea of flexibility over permanence represents the new panorama of the adaptable.
However, to what extents this innovative approach-often based on standardized solutions-will be able to represent the optimal response to our cities without falling in neutralization of the cities specificity?
In order to subvert such an overwhelming approach, the false mirror envisages a profound shift in paradigm.
Enlarging the field of investigation to a multi-perspective able to include matters such as morphology, typology and symbolism, we propose a new form of adaptability, that categorically refuses the conventional approach to promote the inverted process: from global tools to site specific investigations.

The false mirror focuses on what adaptable can mean: the rejection for neutrality becomes the adapted solution for Trondheim sustainable future. The false mirror sets up a coherent strategy able to inform a new hybrid between the persistence of traditional forms and the flexibility of a rapid transformation process.
This new hybrid is conceived through the re-signification of four different and complementary archetypes steeped in the history of Trondheim: the traditional waterfront warehouses, the urban opening process through canalization, the site manufactured sea vessels fleet, the adoption of land and water infrastructure such as ferries and new tram lines. The hybrid of past forms and future necessities is the “new” adaptability.