The real asset of any society in today's globalised world lies in its cultural heritage and identity. The old town of Levanger has in its own urban and architectural constraints, its greatest value. Our project builds upon these ideals to transform the old town into a future-proof, vibrant and dynamic town.The project understands city dynamics as a whole and identifies the pieces of the puzzle that can have a real impact. This way, a new organizational scheme is laid out, understanding the unique condition of Levanger as a town between two bodies of water, encouraging the relationship towards and along them, limiting the traffic, prioritizing pedestrian and bicycles over cars, creating a system of green corridors and focusing development on culture organized around the Park Axis.
The jury grants Kultur-hub-set! A special mention for its comprehensiveness. The proposal delivers a clear-cut concept with a very good analysis. The jury also appreciates the particular focus on the programming and activating the streetscape. Another strength of this project is the platform for public-private co-creation. Finally the jury would also like to credit this proposal for its relatively radical take on mobility and parking solutions as well as the densification strategy that repurposes abandoned buildings.
Associates: Jorge López Sacristán (ES), Lucía Andérica Recio (ES), Javier Ortiz Temprado (ES) – architects
zurich + madrid
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1. How did you form the team for the competition?
The team was formed three years ago, when we decided to take part in the Europan 15 competition. We had already worked together several years ago, both at university and in architectural practices, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try developing our own ideas.
2. How do you define the main issue of your project, and how did you answer on this session main topic, Living cities?
The main theme of our project is “Revitalization”. Our aim is to bring life back to the listed city centre through a number of interventions that work together to recover the original values of the town.
3. How did the issues on metabolic and inclusive vitalities and the questions raised by the site mutation meet?
The town of Levanger sits on a very pregnant location, between two bodies of water (the River and the Fjord) and is cut through by a Park Axis. We understand that these physical constraints can also be its most important values, and tried to carefully interweave existing and new synergies together, reducing the strong dependence on the car.
4. Have you treated this issue previously? What were the reference projects that inspired yours?
The contact with a linear body of water was a key issue in our awarded Europan 15 proposal for Innsbruck. In Levanger we have been able to continue our research and further develop many of the strategies that we had successfully employed there. Besides, the three of us have lived in different cities around the world and have been able to see how different strategies impact positively the urban landscape. In this regard, projects like Cassiopeiasteg in Zurich (Balz Amrein Architekten) or the pedestrianization processes of various European city centres have had a significant influence on our proposal.
5. Urban-architectural projects like the ones in Europan can only be implemented together with the actors through a negotiated process and in time. How did you consider this issue in your project?
The “slow-cooked” nature of the implementation processes is a main focus in our project. We propose and develop a platform to bring all the main actors involved together in a democratic, well-connected common space, both physically and online. We understand that a collective effort is the key to real, resilient changes, and we provide the platform to make this interconnection possible.
6. Is it the first time you have been awarded a prize at Europan? How could this help you in your professional career?
We were awarded a Runner-Up Prize ex aequo in Europan 15 Innsbruck (Austria). Our project provides an extensive framework to bolster the regeneration of the historical city centre. We hope that the implementation process will eventually take off and allow us to continue developing and testing our ideas.
Average age of the associates: 32 years old
Has your team, together or separately, already conceived or implemented some projects and/or won any competition? if yes, which ones?
We were awarded with a Runner-Up Prize ex aequo in the last edition of Europan 15 Innsbruck, Austria. After the kick-off meeting the implementation process has slowed down due to the challenging times we are all living.
Does your team share a common workplace? if yes, give us a short description:
We live in different cities in Europe and thus usually work together remotely.
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