Think Public Space SECOND ROUND
Work title: HACKING ZAGREB
In the post-socialist period and within the current social transition context, urban and rural Croatia has, just like other transition countries, experienced many changes in the social structure and space. The existing globalisation-transition circumstances of the Croatian society corroborate the fact which experts of various profiles often point out: ignoring the process of (urban) planning will irreparably damage the space. The city transformation shows the absence of comprehensive urban planning which results in an ever increasing number of random buildings which do not fit in the surroundings. This
leads up to yet another important issue – the shrinking and, in some cases, disappearance of public space which becomes the “lost space“.
Lost space found
Inventing public space with more-new-buildings solution is not quite a sustainable solution. The city must be developed not by expansion, but by implosion; by transforming what''s already available — what''s known as marginal or lost spaces. All those places can be transformed to intensify the city without necessarily making the city bigger and bigger and bigger.
Moreover, the tomorrow public space is not a building but the process of interaction. A place that is provocatively invites people to participate and create collective action that enhance networking, accessibility, experience, and stories.
An urban project can be planned: but it will be obsolete even before seeing the light. How can such a dematerialized urbanism be produced? A contemporary and future urbanism, that is flexible enough to be immediate, distortable, as well as embracing different living-in-harmony modes and new constraints in the long term. At the same time, a dematerialized urbanism must be strongly characterized so that everyone can adapt to it, in everyday life in continuous motion.
Encouraged by the acknowledgment, the project chooses humility to intervene by using the web in the form of pedestrian pathway that spread within the city.
By working on the perimeter of the space, avoiding material and energy wastes, the aim is to accurately frame the area. This will constitute the starting point of the project. The result will be a space that congregates history and identity together in a peaceful urban atmosphere that does not echo of “disconnection or negation” with its surroundings – but is imbued with a reverence for gathering, experiential contemplation, and the gestation of innovative ideas. The project will act as urban attractor in the eyes of Zagreb.
The web is hacking the city of Zagreb. It starts growing from the Ben Jelacic Square, infiltrate into several notable privatised public spaces, and connecting them to the lost spaces within the city; TZV Gredelj, Paromlin Flourmill, Jurjersko Groblje, Summer Cinema Tuskanac, slaughter house in Heinzelova St, Badel Factory, lawn in front of National University Library, idle park, unsold housing, rooftop, ex-shopping centre brownfields, dead traffic nodes, car parks, space under highway overpass, and other lost spaces.
The web is not a building but the series of public space that each site will respond to every creative proposal. Museum wrapped with mini zoo slash meeting space slash wedding chapel slash everything-you-wanted-it-to-be. Roof top has retail space, summer-pool, playground, cinema, exhibition, PechaKucha space, sometimes transform into ski place, or free bike repair shops, or political seminar place. The different space characteristics will embrace people using space in unpredictable ways; show how many possibilities can be done in one space/building, and clearly oppose the hierarchy that is put upon them by architects, planners, and owners of space.
The design works at a human scale that is critical to successful public spaces and the future of city of Zagreb, envisioning how users will effectively create their own public spaces within a larger framework.
The web designed with the pathway that would convert the kinetic energy from a footstep into electricity. Every time someone steps on the path, they generate eight watts of power, by means people movements within the web are directly creating the endless power source for the entire city of Zagreb.
The web is replicable and highly adaptive as it can be applied to any other European cities. It is developing over time, and to changes in site and program, positively influencing public space of the entire city.
As it continuously expanding, the web makes all connected and accessible, minimising the dead zones within the city. It has organic system that can grow and evolve over time from the current city centre to the suburb, and in the future, it will connect to the other city’s web.