HANS TAVSENS PARK
The Soul of Nørrebro
This was the winning proposal for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge under the Nordic Innovation: CLOUDBURST AND CULTURE. The competition offered a two-sided challenge, addressing both climate adaptation and social and cultural renewal. A distinct nordic take on this transition towards a more sustainable society is to ensure that dialogue between citizens, project managers, the municipality and other stakeholders is kept at the core of each project and throughout the whole process.
The Soul of Nørrebro proposal addresses the problems that Copenhagen has experienced in recent years with severe rainstorms. Copenhagen has a strong focus on developing smarter solutions for managing the increasing amounts of water, and Hans Tavsens Park and Korsgade play a crucial role in the city’s plan. The park will be used to collect rainwater, which will then be directed through Hans Tavsensgade and Korsgade into Peblinge Lake. The program addresses innovative and sustainable climate adaptation with multifunctional facilities for a livable urban space.
The proposal was made in a strong collaboration of different firms. Here arki_lab contributed with our experience of designing learning spaces and schoolyards with pupils. This was an important part as there are several educational institutions linked to area around Hans Tavsens Park. We supplied crucial know-how about how to involve different parties, both institutions, pupils and other interested. Our experience is that user involvement helps to root a project to it’s local surroundings.
Temporality has been a significant element in our designs. When designing masterplans we have found it rewarding to include temporality as part of the design – to blur the line between temporary and permanent elements. In “The Soul of Nørrebro” we left blank spaces in the design to invite people using the space to take ownership and define these spaces. These blank spaces are areas in which content and function is not yet decided upon but left open-ended for citizens, institutions and other stakeholders to collaboratively co-create in a following phase. This decentralizes the design process and empowers citizens or other involved parties. It is an important way to entrench the project in the existing daily life and ensure the social sustainability.
As part of addressing both climate adaption and social and cultural renewal “The Soul of Nørrebro” revolve around three different aspects: the hydrologic cycle, the biological cycle and the social cycle. These three cycles will support each other to create a strong and living environment. An important contribution in linking the biological and social cycles is the “FABLAB for city nature”. This will be a physical location set up as a laboratory for citizens and institutions to engage in the biological development of the area. It will secure the biological cycle to thrive while bringing people together and empower local involvement.
The FABLAB has another crucial function – to ensure and enhance dialogue with and between citizens. Dialogue is deeply embedded in the distinct nordic way of promoting sustainable living. To keep the dialogue going throughout the whole process does not only entrench a project but create an improved awareness about sustainability. This is the essence in the nordic model of sustainable development.
We, at arki_lab, are thrilled to have been part of such a strong team, and are looking forward to the next step of the collaboration where we will involve citizens in the design of several key points in the plan, and bring a sense of local ownership to the project.
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