Reimagining the collective dream of a city
Marco Casagrande (APP)
Hedvig Skjerdingstad (DAV)
Claudiu B Tamas
The project is an investigation of the potential use of public space in the city of Førde. The project is framed by the desire of the inhabitants for a more pedestrian-friendly city, that invites to use and enhances the natural qualities of the city. The first phase of the project investigates the highly car-centred infrastructure and organization of the city, and it results in an urban strategy that will allow a pedestrian friendly “pocket” within the boundaries of the city-center. The second phase is a reaction to the use of public space in the city, that is often occupied by parking-lots or inside a shopping-mall. The result of this phase is a public library, that aims to emphasize the connection between the south and the north areas of the city-center, and nevertheless to function as a democratic social arena for the inhabitants of the city.
The bridge that once marked the first step of the city towards modernity, industrialization and consumerism, could now mark a step in another direction. Towards the visions and desires of its inhabitants, towards enhancing the natural qualities of the city. Upstream.