GOTEBORG: URBAN NEXUS
Institution: KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm
Location: Goteborg, Sweden
Date: Fall 2011
Project Team/Credits: Onur Ekmekci, Emre Aydilek, Carolina Crespo Uribe, Yang Li, Hanna Furstenberg Danielson
The aim of this project is to address the issues of socio-spatial imbalance and risk of flooding and contamination that we identified in Gothenburg, old harbor area. The goal is to achieve a higher level of resillience, through self-management, flexibility and more greenery. POTENTIAL: Bringing two sides of the Göta river together, PROGRAMME PARTS: Corridors, Urban Nexus, Wetland park, Cultural area, ACTORS: Inhabitants&different cultural, municipal, commercial&educational agencies. The main proposal is to connect the riversides in a new city center or 'nexus', where the different functional corridors would meet and mix, just as the people from the both sides, thus reducing the socio-spatial divide. To address the threat of flooding the proposal is a high level of flexibility. The key types of flexible structures are rail-transported container-buildings, floating buildings and market modules. Most buildings below the worst flood levels will be removed and in some areas replaced by container-buildings that can be assembled, reconfigured, removed and reassembled according to need. They can also be adjusted to many different uses. The containers can be transported on the rails that run through the area and therefore be removed quickly in case of floods. To empower the people of the northern riverside the proposal is self-management of different functions, like allotments in the park area and a market hall in the pier-area. The food market utilizes an existing warehouse building, and will have a modular system that can be removed in case of flooding. The park proposed for the old industrial area addresses both the flooding, through making the water run slower and the contaminated grounds, through phy-toremediation. It also works as a magnet, attracting people from both riversides to the different activities in the area. Through these changes the area will be better equipped to meet the demands caused both by today's socio-spatial imbalance and tomorrow's changes in climate and population.