How diverse is a mixed-use city in reality? In many urban development projects housing is the main program. We add some offices and public amenities, bars and shops to create a “genuine vibrant urban neighbourhood”. But one program has been excluded – the productive economy, it has exited the city proper and remains at the periphery.
There is now a spatial and social mismatch between living and working conditions in many European cities. The city provides high-skilled professionals with many working possibilities while a large part of low-skilled workers have no opportunities to live and work amongst them. This mis-match generates many problems with regard to economy, mobility and sociality. Production should be encouraged in the city, be part of the fabric, it should be seen, connected to shared daily life, nurtured and celebrated.
1. How to integrate some of the production activities in the city – food, energy, services, new indus-trial products – to enhance relations between citizens?
2. How to live in productive fields and to produce in the living environment? How to manage the tensions between production and local life?
3. How to integrate production cycles considering distribution, waste and consumption, encouraging a diversity of cycles in local contexts and integrate them to a larger eco-scale?
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Johanna Palomäki (FI) – Master planning architect, City of Lahti
Johanna Palomäki steers the continuous strategic planning process at the city of Lahti. She is an outspoken advocate of walkable cities and collaborative planning practices. Palomäki promotes the efficient use of geographic information in planning. She also ensures the aesthetic quality of the living environment at early stages of planning, as it is linked to people’s well-being.
Martin Videgård (SE) – Architect, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Martin Videgård is a co-founder and lead architect at Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, based in Stockholm. The practice ha s attracted attention for its experimental approach and innovative built works. Their projects have won several national and international awards, most recently the Kasper Salin Prize 2015 for the new KTH School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In 2017 the Spanish publisher El Croquis released a monograph showing the work of Tham & Videgård. Videgård is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and regularly teaches and lectures at schools of architecture in Sweden and abroad.
Juha Kostianen (FI) – Senior Vice President, Sustainable Urban Development, YIT
Juha Kostiainen is the director of urban development at YIT. He is an avid advocate of urbanism, a participant in public debate, and has served various public mandates. In 2002 he completed his Ph.D. about the competetivness of urban regions. He has published several scientific articles about the development of urban regions and housing and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampere. Kostiainen has experience in urban strategic development, communications and branding. He writes about urban issues in his blog nokkelakaupunki.fi.
Tina Saaby Madsen (DK) – City Architect, City of Copenhagen
Tina Saaby has been the City Architect of Copenhagen since 2010. She inspires, facilitates and advices the politicians and City Administration. Her responsibility is to help define architectural guidelines and visions in developing the city based on the City of Copenhagen’s Architectural Policy. She is Visiting Professor at the Sheffield University and external examiner at the University of Roskilde and the University of Copenhagen. She is also the former Vice President of the Danish Architects’ Association.
Riikka Kuittinen (FI) – Architect, LUO Architects
Riikka Kuittinen is a founding partner at LUO Architects, an Oulu based office founded in 2014. LUO is a member of the Uusi Kaupunki – New Urban Collective of 11 young and ambitious design offices. LUO has received awards in several architectural competitions, including Europan 13. Kuittinen’s expertise lies in northern urban housing and city planning and nature-based tourism architecture. She also teaches Contemporary Architecture at the University of Oulu.
Jon Sundell (FI) – Social entrepreneur
Jon Sundell is a social entrepreneur with a focus on economic, environmental and social sustanability. Jon is an urbanist from an early age. He spent 10 years in Los Angeles in the film industry and returned to facilitate urban movements in Helsinki. Reclaiming public space with block parties and taking an active role in defining the future of his own neighborhood is a passion for Sundell. He was also the founder of Made in Kallio, a “prototype of a future factory”; a fusion of maker-space, incubator and café where artisans could visibly develop and promote their work amongst the local community.
Antti Lehto (FI) – Architect, Serum Architects
Antti Lehto is a founding partner at Serum Architects in Helsinki. Serum has been awarded in several architectural competitions in the fields of urban and housing design. They were also awarded the Pietilä prize for young architects in 2014 for their holistic approach to design characterized by social awareness, environmental sustainability and high architectural quality. Lehto teaches Urban and Housing Design at the Aalto University.
Who can participate?
You can participate if you are under 40 years of age on July 9, 2017 – the last date of the submissions. Competitors are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams, including at least one architect. Students are allowed to participate as collaborators. See more at Europan rules.
1. prize €12 000
2. prize €6 000
Each site will receive two prizes. The jury may also award innovative entries with special mentions. Thanks to Finnish tax laws you don’t have to pay taxes on prizes paid in Finland.
Registration and entries
You can download any competition brief for free. To receive a complete set of competition material you must register at www.europan-europe.eu.
Entries will be submitted digitally. The required material, three A1 panels, will be printed by local Europan organizations for evaluation and display.
What is Europan?
Europan is an international competition for architects and urban designers under the age of 40. Europan provides a forum for young professionals to develop and present their ideas for current urban challenges. For the cities and developers Europan is a tool to find innovative architectural and urban solutions for implementation.