Exhibition of our project

Next week, on the 20th December, we will have the chance to exhibit and explain to all of you our ideas, tools and design proposals about the Lärandets Torg Vision we developed during the last weeks.

You are very welcome to join us in the red cottage at Hammarkullentorget from 15:00 to 19:00 to have fika, discuss, have a look at our posters and listen to our presentation which will start at 17:00.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments at medunova@student.chalmers.se !

20 december 2012 – Röda Stugan, Hammarkullentorget – from 15:00 to 19:00

Fika and exhibition of our student project

for any information, take a look at our flyer:

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Sendaï Media Center, Japan

Designed by Toyo Ito, this mediatheque was built in 2001. The transparent and organic design reveals all the cultural activities hosted and make the frontier between outdoor and indoor public space disappear.

A 26 minute documentary – produced by ARTE (French and German TV channel) in 2005 – explains all the physical and sociological concept which led to the Sendaï Media Center. This interesting documentary is based on an interview of Toyo Ito himself.

Extract regarding public space

“The ground floor, a seven meter high glazed area, access is from all sides, this is for general traffic and a meeting place. They are in the building but they can enjoy the city as if they were into the street. This is a public space. In fine weather, the feeling of being in an outside square becomes reality. Facing the tree along the avenue, the facade articulated in 8 large panels can completely withdraw into itself.

The line between the street and the ground floor of the building blurs, making it difficult to distinghish the outside from the inside, the architecture fades away.”

A more conceptual tribute video was also made about this building. This short video clip shows the structure of the building and how meeting places are created all over the space.

Reference: Open-Air-Library

Open-Air-Library in Magdeburg, Germany, is an inspiring reference for our project work.

The library was designed by KARO* with Architektur+Netzwerkin in 2009. The suburb of Magdeburg belongs to areas with social problems, like a high unemployment rates and poor qualiy of public facilities. The building of Open-Air-Library was built by residents of the neighbourhood in participative process from prefabricated pieces from a demolished building of a former library. They organized to collect and share books in a new library that they have constructed.

“Some twenty thousand books were collected and, with over a thousand beer crates a 1:1 scale model of the design that the residents liked best was constructed on the definitive location. This temporary construction was the venue for a small two-day reading and poetry festival.”

This successful initiative helped to achieve the necessary funding from the Federal Government to construct the facility of the new library.

Workshop with poetry festival in 1:1 scale model of the desired library.

A 1:1 scale model from beer crates was built in workshop. A poetry festival in the model of the desired library. http://www.publicspace.org/en/works/f084-open-air-library

“A thick wall containing shelving for the books shelters a green space where people can read in the open air and it culminates in a higher section that houses a cafeteria and a provides a stage where primary school plays are performed, public readings are given and young people’s bands hold concerts.”

The library is open to the public 24 hours a day. It is managed by the residents themselves who freely borrow and return books. Although, the new library has been vandalised on occasion.

The south-east façade of the library.

The south-east façade of the library. http://www.publicspace.org/en/works/f084-open-air-library

“The result points to the possibilities of a civil society that is able to emancipate itself from the upside-down State protection when the public administration does not satisfactorily meet its needs.”

 The wall shelters a green space where people can read in the open air and culminates in a higher section that houses a cafeteria and provides a stage where primary school plays are performed, public readings are given and young people’s bands hold concerts.

The wall shelters a green space where people can read in the open air and culminates in a higher section that houses a cafeteria and provides a stage where primary school plays are performed, public readings are given and young people’s bands hold concerts. http://www.publicspace.org/en/works/f084-open-air-library

Detail of a corner for open-air reading.

Detail of a corner for open-air reading. http://www.publicspace.org/en/works/f084-open-air-library

Links:

http://www.publicspace.org/en/works/f084-open-air-library

location

Space organization web

We are currently meeting stakeholders from the Lärandets Torg vision and the socio-cultural life in Hammarkullen.

The web is a tool to help the discussion during the meetings. A final web will synthesize all the meetings and be part of the program.