André Fontes (APP)
Trudi Jaeger (DAV)
I wanted to understand the police as a living organ in our communities, questioning its way of interacting with the anatomy of the city. This by understanding how the citizens and police interact, connect and communicate with each other to secure and reduce the possible threshold between. I observed that many police buildings may be characterized by an absence of accessibility and presence within the urban context.
With this project I wish to facilitate an urban integration of a local police contact in Slettebakken Bergen. Located in an collaborative environment with other social actors of importance, as a instrument of welfare. This to specifically work with preventive measures directed towards the needs and care of the local community. I am therefore endeavouring to create new spatial patterns for communication between people. By attracting the local population to a multi-functional public space and bringing together diverse sections of society, the aim is to create a sense of tolerance, awareness, identity and mutual respect. In this context I believe the presence of the police as participants on an equal level to other sections of society will humanize the urban space. Patterns of communication between police and the public may be found within principles of humanizing and softening the urban space, shaping environments for human connections, conversations and invitation to interaction.