Active Edge is a radical strategy that specifically addresses the unitary dimension (spatial and biological) characterizing every landfill, retracing it in order to visualize and nurture its presence;
Active Edge understands such residual spaces as potential autopoietic systems: urban organisms able to constantly (re)produce their own components and relative network of processes;
Active Edge focuses on the landfill's border to generate a space of friction (denser exchange) which filters external energies (people, water. watts) through a self contained and artificial landscape;
Active Edge programs the complex of liminal activities in terms of dichotomies: research/waste collection (west), leisure/water treatment (south), leisure/landscape (north and east):
Active Edge moulds three inner landscapes to control planting and stormwater while implementing the use of the edge: cultivation-composting (west), education (baricenter), reforestation (east):
Active Edge is both programmatic cause and visible effect of the autopoietic landfill-organism (the bottom space of cities): it won't be possible to ignore it, it would be absurd not to learn from it.
This proposal greatly benefits from the clear idea of the perimeter necklace as the predominant spatial organizing device. The scheme challenges the given perimeter of the site by incorporating the golf course which is in fact an important element of the earlier waste-dump site. By concentrating circulation and programs along the perimeter, the scheme places less pressure on the densely piped interior.
The edge offers both specificity and new identity to the site. Additionally, the loop as a device overcomes an apparent Norwegian aversion to dead end leisure routes. While this project was beautifully visualized, the scale and disposition of the architectural interventions, particularly the EcoDesign Center, were questioned, in addition to the potential for the project to be realized in small increments.
Iliari Ariolfo (IT)
Alessandro Bua (IT)
Andrea Alessio (IT)
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