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Europan 13: Adaptable City 2

Self-organization, Sharing, Process


City: Bergen
Title: Responsive Bergen

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The adaptable city is a city that forms by its people, today as well as tomorrow. The city alone cannot take responsibility to provide the necessary transformations in the urban realm that makes up livability:

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody” (J. Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities).

Responsive Bergen explores how citizens can be given the responsibility of designing, managing, and maintaining the dynamic nature of the city according to their current needs and desires. In the same time the city needs to fulfill its responsibilities of accessibility, and sustainability. These responsibility areas make up the foundation of the adaptable city where together city and people are co-creators.

The proposal consists of a responsive framework for the people to utilize and that is built upon the idea that the city is a continuing process. The framework ensures that the new neighbourhood works with the urban context and that the area maintains qualities such as order and diversity. It provides possibilities for sharing of spaces, ideas, and goods, and possibilities for rapid as well as long-term changes. In conclusion it supports the people to create their livable city.