WHAT IS IT ?
WHAT IS IT ?
The Process Farm is an experimental participative architecture project. The industrial area of Nyhavna is about to be transformed and you would have the opportunity to be part of it. Let's imagine a place where decisions about the future of Nyhavna would be taken with the inhabitants of Trondheim.
The project takes place in industrial spaces that might be empty soon. I design spaces dedicated to different degrees of participation and involvement (gathering, expressing, making and learning). This is not about being extra knowledgeable in urban planning and politics, but being engaged into the transformation of the city ! These new spaces have the ambition to support and facilitate a participative process for Nyhavna. And the first step of participation is to build it !
It has been designed to be easily made. The Process Farm is inspired by ephemeral architecture but is not ephemeral itself, as it is suppose to least the whole Nyhavna’s building period. It should be realized with few ressources including recycled material directly found on the site. The little changes on existing buildings could have a great impact on the city life of Nyhavna, and the idea is that it could be done tomorrow. But this whole project is a suggestion and is waiting for your own ideas, as I am sure you already have great thoughts about it !
Participative architecture is an emerging concept all over the world. The decisions at the urban level that are usually made on behalf of private economic interest are more and more challenged. People (re)conquer the urban space, reacting to this process. Participative architecture is a way to appropriate a project, and make sure there is no gap between what the city planners want to create, and what the inhabitants would like it to be. Basically, it means that everyone is able to have an impact on a futur or current architecture project. It is an experimental way of working because every place needs a different solution, and for now there is no « recipe » of participative architecture. And this is why it is always fun !
A participative project involves citizens, caring about your opinions, suggestions and skills. It follows the idea that we work better together. This kind of process is also usually cheap and environnement friendly, involving people in the building part of the project. The «high low tech» consists in using any kind of reused material in a creative way easy to replicate. To sum up, social, ecological and economical, participative architecture is definitely sustainable !
This is a very nice question ! Each drawing you see on these folders is a suggestion, which means that it wouldn’t have to look like that in the end. The aim is to show you that it is possible to create great public places with few resources, money and efforts. The Process Farm is first based on volunteering. If you build your own space, aren’t you more careful about it ? Come and discover with us the whole potential of Nyhavna !
You have the opportunity to be part of a common architecture project in your city in many different ways, because anyone should be able to approriate his own environnement. For instance, you could grab a beer around a passionate debate or get informations about the progress of a construction site. And if you feel it, an open workshop is waiting for you. But for now, you could join to help us build your future participative place and help Nyhavna to develop in a democratic way !
IN THE FUTURE OF NYHAVNA
IN THE FUTURE OF NYHAVNA
Yes, everybody loves food. You might ask yourself : how having dinner at Nyhavna makes me participating to the development of the place ? Gathering in a special place is the first step of participation. Because you bring life in a space, you are being an actor of it ! And it is not all about food (or maybe it is ?) but also about sharing culture, like movies and books. By coming, you are activating these spaces. Architecture is nothing without people using it !
The main hall could be easily transformed to allow events, or could even just become a nice place to be ! Remember the food hall of Papirøen in Copenhagen or the Mathallen of Oslo ? Let's gather at Nyhavna !
On the night time, the workshop becomes a nice cafe dedicated to the verbal expression. Debates and discussions about Nyhavna’s transformation will happen in a cosy and warm place. Your ideas will be listened and collected so it can inspire projects that you initiated. In case of big events, an ephemeral arena can be assembled using the adjustable workbenches to make the communication easier. These nights are expected to be very inspiring !
An open workshop is about to emerge to support creativity and manual work in Nyhavna. Every tool you might need to create the chair you’ve always been dreaming of can be borrowed and used in the workshop. But also, as Nyhavna is getting transformed by the people, the workshop will somehow be dedicated to these new constructions. Urban furniture, ephemeral pavilion or new buildings, the place will help to build the projects you involved in. Please, remember that you are free to realize your craziest ideas during the daytime and on the night, another surprise is waiting for you...
You don’t always have time to be part of a new project. But this is not a reason to not let you know what is happening at Nyhavna. You will find some information points spread all over the city of Trondheim with updates concerning the meetings, the construction sites and the events. Of course you will also find it on this blog and on a Facebook page dedicated to it. Building sites’ visits would also be organized and a permanent information desk will open in front of the main hall. Because it concerns you, you should know about it.
IT ALREADY WORKED SOMEWHERE ELSE
IT ALREADY WORKED SOMEWHERE ELSE
"The idea was to build the place as an art piece, founder of the new cultural structure. A building house have been self-constructed with reused material, becoming the home of the workers, the inhabitants and the users."
"This hut has been a real experimentation place, very open. Contractor, engineer, acoustician, architect or student, any active person on the site had to give at least once a lecture on their specific knowledge. It has initiating another floor, beyond the artistic. The Channel used to program shows during the evening, and the building site meetings were taking place during the day time, around the big project model."
"The challenge of our first project was to accommodate a hundred families using a subsidy of $7,500 dollars that in the best of the cases allowed for thirty-six square meters of built space in a 5,000 square meter site, which cost three times what social housing could normally afford. None of the solutions in the market solved the equation. So we thought of a typology that, as buildings, could make a very efficient use of land and as houses allowed for expansion. After a year, each property value was beyond $20,000 dollars. Still, all the families have preferred to stay and keep on improving their homes, instead of selling them..."
"Since 2005 Rural Studio has been experimenting and prototyping a new locally-built rural home, known as “the 20K Home”. We are eager to make our work more relevant to the needs of west Alabama, the Southeast, and possibly the entire country. We have looked at the omnipresent American trailer park, where homes, counterintuitively, depreciate each year they are occupied. We want to create a beautiful, small, and efficient home that would appreciate in value while accommodating residents who are unable to qualify for credit."
"The Cineroleum was a self-initiated project that transformed a petrol station on Clerkenwell Road into a cinema. The project was an experiment in the potential for the wider re-use of the UK’s 4,000 empty petrol stations. The Cineroleum was an improvisation on the rich iconography and decadent interiors of the golden age picture palace. Classic elements were re-created for the roadside setting using cheap industrial, reclaimed or donated materials. [...] The Cineroleum was visibly handmade, built on site by a team of over a hundred volunteers, learning and experimenting together, aided by instruction manuals written during the prototyping process. Unlike the out-of-town multiplex, The Cineroleum celebrated the social experience of filmgoing, from the popcorn machine and bar in the old station shop through to the programme of approachable classics."
"Assemble worked with the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust (CLT) to refurbish 10 derelict terraced houses on Cairns St in Toxteth. The project was the result of a hard-won, 20 year battle by local residents to save the houses from demolition. [...] The resourceful, creative actions of a group of residents were fundamental to finally bringing these streets out of dereliction and back into use. Over two decades they cleared, planted, painted, and campaigned in order to reclaim their streets. [...] The approach is characterised by celebrating the value of the area’s architectural and cultural heritage, supporting public involvement and partnership working, offering local training and employment opportunities and nurturing the resourcefulness and DIY spirit that defines the four streets."
"Built in the early sixties along the ring road of Paris, this high rise block of 16 storeys includes 96 apartments. The demolition, firstly envisaged, has been avoided and a project of transformation decided. The project propose a generous extension of the apartments.
[...] Groundfloor the entrance hall will be refurbished. The floor will be made on a level with the exterior.
The volume will be releases of all useless rooms and installations to become a free and transparent space from the entrance to a new garden created on the back of the building. Rooms for collective activities will be etablished on the sides of the hall. Two lifts will be built to improve the access to the apartments.
The structure will be designed with prefabricated elements so that the inhabitants can stay in the apartments during the construction works."
"In February 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand was hit by a devastating earthquake. [...] Buildings were not the only thing to be destroyed – people’s lives were shattered. But in the midst of all the loss and destruction, the people of Christchurch had been given the chance to start again and reimagine what their city could be, something they asked Gehl to help them with. We joined the city in their public engagement project, helped establish the key priorities of its citizens, and drew up an urban planning framework for city recovery.
We started by listening. The city council knew that the rebuilding of Christchurch had to be inclusive – that it had to be everybody’s project. They asked us to provide content for their community engagement ‘Share an Idea’ campaign, asking the people of Christchurch how they thought their city should be. People wanted to contribute, and the city council made their contributions possible."
"Several years of politics of deportation and destruction of the slums essentially built by Roms families lead to the observation that the problem, far from being eradicated, self-perpetuates, grows and gets worse. […] Following the assumption that building is better than demolishing to answer the sanitary, social and political questions that raise such situations, the PEROU have established an « embassy » in the heart of a slum in Ris-Orangis. First, in order to take a stand, litterally : to make an appearance and make sure that the engine of the backhoe remains cold. […] The embassy have been raised as the interface between the inside and the outside, the place where architects, artists, researchers, social workers, friends on all sides, almost all local residents went through to, in a constructive dynamic, do what needed to be done."