ASDAK’s Europan 12 entry investigated the potential for an inclusive, bottom-up Urbanism in the town of Haninge outside Stockholm. Our playful, esoteric, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, scheme received a special mention and this rather lyrical synopsis from the jury:
“This project gives life to a very specific planning of every part of the site and it is very suggestive in the catalogue of urban situations that is able to show. Maybe there are even too many, but looking at them not as a project, but as collection of experiences, the configuration of these characteristics areas is a challenge concerning the possibilities of imagination about how our cities could be. It deals with a sensitive taxonomy of urban units: the “colour canyon” or the “enchanted forest” are examples of this. It is appreciated that these strategies include the lakeshore and try to reorganize in an ambitious way the urban space in multiple perceptive or more specifically haptic dimensions.”
Here follows the full proposal manifesto:
Can we build a city that reflects the plurality of our hopes and relationships?
Water, Forest, Apartment, Road, Parking, Shopping. Each of our daily activities is mapped out on the ground in Haninge, as if our private lives were subjected to the same categorization and measurement as a taylorist workplace. If we so rigidly divide, categories, and define our public lives, what separates our time from work time?
Haninge is a single gesture, a simple and misleading division of life into constituent parts. It lacks the diversity of thought and intention that accrues in real cities and places. If it is to survive as vibrant moment in the poly-centric city, than it needs new ideas, new thoughts, made physical, made liveable.
We propose a catalogue of interventions: some dramatic, some less dramatic, that aim to stir up the neatly packaged functions of today’s Haninge. These interventions act at different scales to break open the rigid planing along Gamla Nynäsvägen to allow for possibility, growth, and representation.
We believe that it is important to use the existing structures where possible. To add more than we take away. This way, we increase the diversity of ideas and histories, rather than repeating the pattern of destruction of the old in favour of the new. The past deserves a place in the new city as much as the future.
But this future must be a flexible and evolving organism. Every city is made up of key parts, arranged to create a greater whole. The house, the apartment, the garden, the balcony, all combine as a collection of physical representations of individual dreams wishes and lives. If we wish this unit to be truly representative, it must be accessible to all and be flexible to the changes and desires of all. In short, these representations should not occur only through the homogenising influence of large commercial interests. The city must become a pluralistic landscape a space we all feel like we have a stake.
The proposed catalogue of an interventions can be divided into two categories,
BLENDING and INTERVENTIONS.
BLENDING aims to blur the strict linear nature of the spaces along Gamla Nynäsvägen with 5 alleyways; the Natural Bridge, the Market Town, the Colour Canyon, the Market Garden and the Enchanted Forest. Each alleyway has a distinctive character accentuating unique locations in the plan, and unique departure and destination points.
INTERVENTIONS are a series of architectural actions that bring life and variation into the spaces between these 5 passages.
The Nature Bridge
…And the competition boards: