LIVING CITIES /2
REIMAGINING ARCHITECTURES BY CARING FOR INHABITED MILIEUS
The aim is to explore the regenerative capacities of living milieus amidst new ecologies that attempt to overcome the opposition between nature and culture and anthropocentrism during times marked by natural disasters and a climate emergency.
How can we care for inhabited milieus?
The increasingly alarming nature of the different IPCC reports, most recently that of March 2022, and the COVID-19 pandemic with its planet-wide impact, have made the vulnerabilities of the living world and the metamorphoses of habitability even more starkly apparent. The very possibility of living is now in doubt for all, given the excessive consumption of natural resources by certain human groups to the detriment of the needs of the global population, exceeding what planet earth can replace.
Climate emergency, overexploitation, pollution, inequality and iniquity – all these ills, upheavals and disorientations demand actions of “care” that address the coexistence and interrelationship of all the elements of the living world, and thus mandate a radical shift in paradigm. Sensitivity, responsibility, creativity are aspects of care and of interest in other beings.
This demands an awareness of the affiliations and interactions at work in the situations put forward for the competition. For Europan 17, the contexts demand a radical change towards a more immersive approach to the conception and production of space, an approach founded in care for living milieus. A new paradigm is at work, prompting us to wonder how to reconcile things and beings at a time when the habitability of Planet Earth is in question. Local and translocal strategies are be associated both with issues of metabolism (new ways of managing flows of natural elements, materials and human beings with the aim of developing circular economy) and issues of fairness and solidarity (inclusivity of actors in processes) which were already partially operative in certain contexts in E16.
Reimagining architectures that are embodied in “visions” or “narratives” of the evolution of sites between present and future
In response to these territorial challenges, it is more than necessary to create complex, global and dynamic spatial reconfigurations in damaged inhabited milieus in order to revitalise biological and human communities. The care-based approach will lead to a necessary interplay of innovative, dynamic and varied project processes:
– producing an active understanding of what is already in place (biological + socio-anthropological scales), a situational intelligence;
– on the basis of this immersion, repairing mistreated territories/spaces by subtraction and recreation;
– reinforcing, regenerating or creating qualities of hybridisation between nature and culture;
– linking the scale of strategic and dynamic reflection on territories (the large-scale structuring ecological challenges) with the scale of local spaces and their re-conception (everyday spaces and shared spaces);
– imagining/creating spaces today with a view to the connection between present and future and therefore their production and adaptability over time (sustainable development);
– tackling projects with a readiness for design and production processes that involve all actors with their diversity and their differing roles.
In order to achieve this complexity, the situations that will be chosen for the Europan 17 competition must be such that the projects submitted can activate in different contexts and at different scales:
– symbiotic links between the living world and the cultural world, vital relations between human and nonhuman beings;
– spatial synergies (actions conducted in concert between different elements, entities or stakeholders): these are types of natural and cultural re-liances at different scales between elements that have become fragmented as a result of the modernist development of milieus;
– natural and human temporalities (cycles and rhythms of the living world and the social world) in process-projects
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Inter Sessions Forum with Winners
Anssi Lassila (FI) – Architect, OOPEAA Office For Peripheral Architecture; Professor, Oulu University
photo: Mikko Virta
Anssi Lassila, Architect (SAFA), is the founder and director of OOPEAA Office For Peripheral Architecture and Professor of Practice in Contemporary Architecture at the Oulu School of Architecture. His architecture combines a sculptural form with skilful handling of materials and innovative techniques. The work of Lassila has been recognised with some of the highest merits achievable both in Finland and internationally. OOPEAA works on a wide range of projects from churches and public buildings to housing and urban visions, many of which are created as a result of an architectural competition. There is an active focus on research and development with an emphasis on solutions that support social and ecological sustainability.
Lassila is the Chairman of the National Jury of Finland
Elisa Lähde (FI) – Landscape Architect (MARK); Professor, Aalto University
Elisa Lähde is Professor of Landscape Architecture in Aalto University. Her research concentrates on water sensitive urban design and green infrastructures. Lähde is interested in biodiversity, green infrastructures and climate change adaptation in urban development and landscape planning processes. Lähde is experienced with co-creation methods and sees it both as an important tool to scale up urban sustainability and an interesting research method in landscape architecture and has 20 years of experience in practice in the field of landscape architecture.
Pia Kuusiniemi (FI) – Landscape Architect (MARK), LOCI Landscape Architects
Pia Kuusniemi has been actively involved in developing Finnish urban planning to a more sustainable path by promoting the importance of natural areas and urban nature for wellbeing. In her design, she emphasizes a special knowledge of the history and characteristics of the place, so that already existing elements can be utilized in the design: resource wisdom and the spirit of the place are the very starting points when starting a new project. She is a founding partner in LOCI Landscape Architects Ltd, and the President of the Association of Finnish Landscape Architects. Kuusiniemi has achieved considerable success also in numerous competitions and competition teams.
Jonas Nordgren (DK) – Architect (MAA, SAR), Schauman Nordgren Architects
Jonas Nordgren is the co-founder of Schauman Nordgren Architects, who believe that enhancing the experience for communities and creating places of inclusion is the key to unlocking new possibilities within the fields of architecture, urban plans, and design. Nordgren has also graduated as a furniture designer, and works with different scales and functions since timeless architecture is always experienced on several levels. Before own practice (2016-), which has had success in both architectural and urban design competitions, he was working at COBE Architects with a range of praised projects such as the PFA office building in Copenhagen, ESS, European Spallation Source and Science Village Scandinavia in Lund.
Dan Mollgren (FI) – Architect (SAFA); Director of Urban Development, City of Porvoo
Dan Mollgren is the Director of Urban Development in the City of Porvoo, where he first started as the Head of City Planning in 2019. Previously he was Head of Project in Helsinki working with zoning tasks in the Pasila district focusing on mixed-use development in a dense urban context. In his work Mollgren emphasises sustainability and has completed many projects including public transportation, wooden architecture and social housing. He is the chairman of The Nordic Wooden Town Network and a board member of The Historic Towns in Finland association.
Arto O. Salonen (FI) – Professor of Sustainable Well-being
Arto O. Salonen is Professor of Sustainable Well-being at the Department of Social Sciences in University of Eastern Finland. His expertise is related to the transition to a sustainable society and his approach is interdisciplinary and future-oriented. His theoretical research is characterized by efforts to update the vision of civilization and progressive thinking; empirical research focuses on the concrete implementation of social change.
Salonen is also a member of the Finnish Expert Panel for Sustainable Development, and holds several other academic positions.
Helena Wessberg (SE) – Architect (SAR/MSA), Urban Planning Strategist
Helena Wessberg, is the Urban Planning Strategist at the City Planning Office of Stockholm., where she among other things managed the Stockholm Architecture Policy project and rewarded with the Swedish Association of Architects planning prize 2022. She’s currently working with developing design strategies for the increasingly densifying Stockholm. Previous work at the planning department included several larger project areas such as the Slaughterhouse, southern Skanstull and Hagsätra/Rågsved, She’s also been one of the cofounders of Kod arkitekter, an award winning Stockholm based office with focus on research, urban planning and different forms of housing.
Europan -prosessissa edetään hankkeissa kilpailukohteiden mahdollisuuksien laajan kartoittamisen ja tavoitteiden asettamisen kautta varsinaiseen kilpailuun, jonka tuloksena saatuja ideoita ja suunnitteluratkaisuja on tarkoitus jatkotyöstää kohti toteutuskelpoisuutta. Kunkin maan Europan organisaatio tukee kilpailun ratkettua varsinaisten toimeksiantojen syntyä tilaajien ja suunnittelijoiden välillä.
Suomessa jatkotoimeksiannot ovat käsittäneet usein esim. viitesuunnitelmien laatimista asemakaavan muutosten pohjaksi; kilpailun myötä nuoret suomalaiset arkkitehtitoimistot ovat saaneet toteutettavakseen myös asuntorakentamiskohteita ainakin Jyväskylään, Kuopioon ja Vaasaan.
What is Europan?
Europan is a thematic competition of ideas / projects, followed by processes of implementations.
Europan is a tool for European cities and urban actors to find and develop innovative strategies for their sites in transformation.
Europan is a platform for young professionals of urban, landscape and architectural design under 40.
More info: Europan Europe and Kirsti Rantanen, General Secretary / Europan Suomi Finland (tel + 358. 40 163 6025 / info(at)europan.fi
Euroopan alueella toimiva Europan-kilpailuorganisaatio on perustettu Ranskassa 1988, ja sen kattojärjestö Europan Europe koordinoi kansallisten osiensa toimintaa, huolehtii yhteisten kokousten ja tapahtumien järjestelyistä sekä esim. valmistelee eri kausien teemat, seuraa toteutuksia, julkaisee tuloksista kirjat ym. Apunaan Europan Europella on tieteelliset ja tekniset komiteat. Europan Europe pitää lisäksi yllä Europanin yhteisiä verkkosivuja, joilta löytyy tietoa aikaisempien kausien voittajia, toteutuksia, teemoja, yhteenvetoja foorumeilla pidetyistä workshopeista ja keskusteluista ja esim. asiaan liittyviä kirjoituksia ja tutkielmia (Think Tank).
Maakohtaiset organisaatiot kuten Europan Suomi Finland (ESF) vastaavat kotimaidensa kilpailujärjestelyistä, edistävät jatkosuuunnittelusopimusten syntymistä sekä auttavat osaltaan kattojärjestön tasolla tapahtuvaa kehitystyötä. Suomen arkkitehtiliitto (SAFA) on perustanut Europan Suomi Finland -rahaston vuonna 1995.
ESF:n tarkoituksena on alle 40-vuotiaiden arkkitehtien ammatillisen toiminnan edistäminen. Tarkoituksensa toteuttamiseksi ESF järjestää Europan-suunnittelukilpailuja Suomessa kulloisenkin, kilpailuun osallistuvien maiden Europan-organisaatioiden kesken solmitun Europan-yhteistyösopimuksen mukaisesti.
ESF toimii yhdyssiteenä asumisen ja kaupunkisuunnittelun toimijoiden välillä rakennetun ympäristön laadun kehittämiseksi.
E17 kilpailukauden johtokunta:
Anssi Joutsiniemi, työelämäprof., arkkitehti SAFA, johtokunnan puheenjohtaja
Maija Parviainen, arkkitehti SAFA, osakas, /TREA Team for Resilient Architecture
Pia Sjöroos, arkkitehti SAFA, Kaupunkisuunnittelujohtaja, Keravan kaupunki
Nea Tuominen, arkkitehti SAFA, kaupunkikuva-arkkitehti, Turun kaupuni
Emmi Vuonio, arkkitehti SAFA, Arkkitehdit NRT
Kirsti Rantanen, arkkitehti SAFA (p. +358 40 163 6025; info (at) europan.fi