MAKE LAAJASALO PRODUCTIVE AGAIN
The main goal of this project is to bring production back to the city. Production is considered here as a life centered process, whose purpose is to satisfy material and social needs of communities, and at the same time to continuously re-create and sustain the conditions that enable it.
Working towards this goal requires expanding the perspective on production, as well as on exchange, labour, property, and other aspects of economic processes, beyond models embedded in the free market system.
This means going beyond the economy following the logic of exchange value. A plethora of social and cultural activities involve production that hinges not on exchange, but on use value. While many of such activities may appear mundane, obvious or “unproductive” in terms of economic exchange, they underpin our society.
By expanding the definition of production to embrace activities that do not work towards generating exchange value, we are also trying to unveil the kind of “productive” model of urbanism that may be encouraged, how it may be implemented, and who should be the key agents involved in its development.
PRINCIPLES AND DIRECTIONS OF PRODUCTIVE URBANISM
An explicit and coherent process is as important as the outcome itself. Therefore, rather than proposing a closed and complete strategy for productive urbanism, we delineate three PRINCIPLES we believe are central to making any neighbourhood productive in a fair, flexible and sustainable way: Embeddedness, Progressivity and Self-Management. This principles in turn guide open DIRECTIONS for Laajasalo’s transformation: Collectivization, Renaturalization and De-Mobilization.
LAAJASALO’S TRANSITION AS A PARTICIPATIVE PROCESS
The transformation of the neighbourhood we are proposing gives central role to local inhabitants. Through a variety of participative tools and methods they should be involved and empowered to co-manage each of the stages. The process begins by identifying FISSURES in which we propose to install versatile PLUG-INs that can continuously adapt to changing socio-spatial and ecological conditions. Finally these dispositives can be filled with adaptable PROGRAMMES which involve diverse models of use. This three stages are not necessarily consecutive nor mandatory, they can go back and forth, stop and restart at any point according to the needs of the community.