GARDENURBIA is public space by working urbanity and nature. interface between urbanity and nature.
The public realm in Gardenurbia is reclaimed from cars by pedestrians. A street from the can have many more functions than only transportation. In Gardenurbia the street is a park.
GARDENURBIA is diversity by mixing. Socially Gardenurbia is introducing a mixed urban structure of different programs and public spaces of varied scales and functions, allowing inhabitants and guests to interact naturally open but respectful. Economically by combining large and small programs, providing ground for macro and microeconomics within the urban blocks and the neighbourhood. Ecologically by balancing modernism and garden city ideologies, bringing the qualities of suburban life into the city and reducing the need for cars. Life in Gardenurbia is strongly connected to nature, making it part of everyday life.
This scheme is based upon the potential of green space, in its public, semi-public and private forms, to increase the quality of the public realm. This is seen as an appropriate and productive focus in the context of Haugesund's obvious shortage of green public space.
The proposed urban fabric mitigates between the dense grid of the city centre and the less dense urban fabric of the surrounding neighbourhoods, and in doing so, it introduces a permeability to the site, connecting the new neighbourhood to the existing city.
The Jury challenged, however, the robustness of the proposed urban structure, along with the proposal to place program at below grade level. The latter in particular was questioned based on both issues of functionality as well as the history of the site as a former landfill.
Andreas Lyckefors (SE)
Johan Zetterholm (SE)
Jonas Tjäder (SE)
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