THE ADAPTABLE CITY 2
SELF-ORGANIZATION - SHARING - PROCESS
"Adaptable City 2" expands the theme of the "changing city" called for in the previous competition towards more self-organization, newly interpreted forms of sharing and open planning processes that enable actor diversity and can react flexibly to the changing urban culture. Resilience in the context of fundamentally changing urban structures is just as much a topic as the strengthening of social cohesion in urban society or the examination of new methods of an urban economy against the background of limited resources and the energy transition. It is a question of thinking further and anew about what has gone before, about designs for the future city in Europe.
Europan 13 offers four categories of sites with specific questions.
INTEGRATING VACANT SITES INTO THE URBAN FABRIC
What interventions can be used to activate blind spots and make them visible in the urban fabric? How do you give these empty spaces a new meaning? Upheavals in economic, social or political structures often lead to breaks in the urban fabric, entire building complexes are waiting for new users, abandoned military sites have to be rededicated, green areas lie fallow. Often, the sheer size of a site prevents it from developing naturally. New concepts for a rediscovery and a reassessment of the existing potentials are necessary for an integration into the urban living space.
USING FRESH IMPULSES FOR THE URBAN SPACE
How can new programs or mobility offers be harnessed? Which new impulses can be taken up and passed on to neighboring areas? The urban living space is subject to its own rhythms; local and supraregional interests, social structures and historical development strands collide here. Triggers for transformations can be changing programmatic developments, cultural change, but also newly developed transport systems, which can be nuclei for future urban development.
Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE)
TURNING DEFICITS INTO A POSITIVE DYNAMIC
How can a reassessment of the status quo be used to regenerate? What can be used to create a positive dynamic? It is not uncommon for urban locations to struggle with problematic framework conditions. There are many reasons for this: economic decline, ecological contamination, urban development on the sidelines, but often enough, outdated perceptions are the reason for a lack of appreciation. We are looking for scenarios of a new coexistence that can be implemented with architectural and urban planning means.
TRANSFORMING CAESURAS INTO LINKS
How can obstacles be transformed? Can they be rethought as connections in other directions and on different levels? River courses, roads, railroad tracks, but also functional and urban space deficits often form seemingly insurmountable barriers that manifest boundaries in urban space. In order to overcome them, a reinterpretation is required. They can receive diverse programs, serve as passages in all directions, and thus connect new functions on both sides, allowing a different perspective for the existing.