Second prize was awarded to an urban landscape extension project in Maribor, Slovenia designed by Spanish architectural firm ecosistema urbano led by Belinda Tato. The project creates an elevated landscape above the site of a former municipal waste dump, including space for sport, recreation and cultural events, as well as residential areas.
The striking concept comprises, in addition to traditional architectural and landscape elements, the dimension of time as a further design parameter. The buildings and newly-landscaped areas are temporary and designed for further relocation and re-use, making the project economically efficient and easily transferable.Media release – Showcasing sustainable buildings across Europe »
The project’s notoriety lies in its ecological and social qualities as well as its transferability and economic efﬁciency. The basic idea of revitalizing an existing municipal waste dumping area is unique. The project creates an elevated landscape shaped in large circles that will host manifold sports, recreation and cultural facilities for public use. The planned housing units surrounding the multi-use spaces are designed as earth shelters and therefore will be completely integrated into the landscape with a minimum consumption of energy and materials.
The striking concept includes, in addition to traditional architectural and landscaped elements, the dimension of time as a further design parameter. All buildings and the newly landscaped areas are temporary and designed for relocation and reuse. Such a design approach is visionary and innovative. It ﬁts many other similar situations especially in emerging countries where waste is often disposed in a rather unprofessional way. Overall it is a very smart and economically-efﬁcient solution for the reuse of an otherwise lost and abandoned territory.See more
With more waste than ever heading toward the incinerator, opportunities arise for former landfills to be put to new use. The Temporary urban extension in a former landfill harnessed the unlimited potential of its disused site. Its aim is to show how an area once recognized by its mounds of garbage can be re-naturalized into a living city quarter.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.10 MB) »
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