Index. Public projects for Kvarnbacken
Competition entry for a research residency in Jyväskylä, Finland. 2016
Project Team: Edgar Rodriguez, Alexis Ávila, José Juan Garay
The objective of our research is to develop an open-sourced, accessible catalogue of potential projects for Kvarnbacken. Our interest lies primarily within the study of contemporary inhabitation of space and its continuous construction.
We understand architecture as an infinite and immaterial force, which is able to ordain what it is proposed. Independent of form and space, architecture is the logical structure that regulates the operation of a system of any origin; everything has an architecture: urbanism, nature, computing, genetics, literature. The project is therefore a solution strategy, a guide that defines the necessary actions to generate a particular situation, be it physical or virtual.
We consider this residency as an opportunity to explore how architecture can enable and involve citizens in the making of the spaces where they live. The methodology we are considering for our research considers the participation of the community in the following activities:
from french reconnaître.
To recognize, this activity refers to a preliminary surveying or research. During this stage we will study the context in search of opportunity areas where projects could be developed.
from latin designare.
To mark out, this activity refers to the conceiving, listing and planning of the possible solutions. During this stage we will discuss, compile, define and draw the entirety of the proposals in a project index.
from greek prototypos.
First impression/mold/pattern, this activity refers to the building of full scale models. During this stage we will further plan and build the infrastructure necessary for one or various projects.
from latin testum.
On the notion of, "put to the proof", this activity refers to the evaluation of the performance of a prototype. During this stage we will use the infrastructure built during the previous stage, share it with the community and register its use through diaries, drawings, photographs and video recordings.
The development of our cities usually results from the need to satisfy the demand for a definite number of bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens. Generally, these strategies are based solely on data from demographic, economic, and financial parameters, which leads to a generalization of urban conditions. This observation drove us to reconsider the significance that particularities in public space may have on the city. The purpose of our research strategy is to empower the community to search for these singularities and plan, build and live better public spaces!