The proposal offers a method for a step-by-step urban densification, combining both bottom-up/top-down and formal/informal practices – to create an urban commons.
Holcim Awards 2014 jury for Europe
Liquid city: Instead of a predesigned urban tissue, a controlled growth process is proposed. The initial grid of gardens is the support of the urban, which will develop in time through small-scale gradual appropriations. The result will be a liquid city that works as a complete urban configuration in all stages of consolidation, satisfying the current societal needs, but is also able to adapt itself to any contextual change or future necessities.
The architects divided the site of The Commons into a grid of gardens which would serve as a framework for urban and social development. The architects defined an urban code for all the gardens and the entire urban plan - as well as designing 11 buildings across the site that contain 82 housing units and a total floor area of 9,500sqm. Private owners and investors can buy garden plots and construct buildings around them, ranging in size XS to XL, in accordance with the urban code. The unbuilt areas, or “the commons,” remain open to everyone. Thus, the actions of the owners will determine the appearance of the public space and of the whole neighborhood.
Project Status: Completed
Project Location: Emil-Behring-Weg 3, Meidling, 1120 Vienna, Austria