A new narrative for the region
The task at hand involves working in different scales and with a diverse set of mechanisms blending urban planning, programming, operative and recreational landscapes, infrastructure and communication.
[Europan Norway / E13 / Stavanger site description]
With a combination of applied tools to build a grid of public spaces where promote the "something to do" (either go for a walk, play, play sports or meet with each other) and limit the kilometres of street-roads falsely urbanized that only serve for (car) circulation use.
The potential of smart place-making activities to reinforce the mixture of uses is significant in the improvement of isolated designed spaces.
The nature component introduces a new discourse in the urbanized grid and facilitates the community to recover spaces from where it was excluded by the predominance of the non-human scale.
Strategy for the conurbation of Stavanger.
. Draw back urban sprawl
. Retract urbanized surfaces in Forus
. Restore natural landscape in the crossing of the municipalities of Sola-Stavanger-Sandnes
. Preserve surrounding farmland
. Establish partnerships to share resources and facilities in new hybrid models
. Preserve local identity
The opportunity to conduct a pilot study to establish a consensual basis for the transformation of Forus is faced.
The 'New Forus' venue
A Co-creation centre.
A Pop-up spaces container.
An open space to hold events and seminars aimed to generate connections and help to boost the vital pulse, creativity and, as a result, the future of the economy.
A venue for citizen promoted initiatives and pilot projects.
The plot management can start in a cooperation mode between the administration, with the budget it can devote, and the community.
Firstly the collectives with easier initiative are convened (as university groups, social work associations, sports clubs...). They start an inertial forward movement that attract others to join in. The Forus businesses also take part as members of the district improvement platform. The aim is to create a self-organized centre with proactive capacity and DolfTogether philosophy. A middle out process.
The jury describes Indigo as a manifesto project that deals with the reuse of existing landscape and resources. The resources are defined both as technology/know-how, and natural and human resources. The project is concerned with a development strategy where reducing and redefining are tools to create a sustainable environment and less urban sprawl. The authors believe in a diversification of industries and functions, but suggest that they be clustered in high density nodes leaving more landscape undeveloped. This creates an opportunity to re-naturalize larger landscapes such as the drained lake upon parts of which Forus was initially built. Key to the project, and suggested as a first step in the reconsidering of Forus, is the set-up of a ‘Central plant’ meant to function as an open forum for discussions on future urbanism through participatory processes.
Indigo tells its story through a narrative where natural resources are being recovered. This is emblematic in the powerfully illustrated story about “the lost lake” which is potentially a very strong driver of change but could have been brought into focus and discussed more rigorously since its imagery presents a much more interesting proposition than many of the more literal reuses of post-petroleum-age. The jury also believes that the image of the lost lake is a much more interesting provocation than the images of the literal reuse of post-petroleum structure or the less attractive central plant. The jury believes that “the lost lake” can create a landscape of change in Jæren.
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