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EUROPAN 12
The adaptable city. Inserting urban Rythms for Vienna’s Siemensäcker area.
Proposal: Chain Reaction
with Sören Grünert and Daniel Sundlin

The priority of this urban and architectural scale project, is a proposal that implies resiliency and adaptability in relation to time. Resilience is the capacity of a space to recover a function or a development after experiencing a trauma. Adaptability is the quality of a space that can be easily adapted to harmonise with the changes of use that it undergoes or may undergo.

In this sense, this project is organized in three progressive phases in time, a Chain Reaction able to regenerate and integrate the Siemens' industrial area. It knits a disconnected, peripheral urban area through two strategies:
First, programmatically, it creates a network of shared green collective spaces weaved by pedestrian and bicycle paths; supported with diverse programs, and other cultural and educational activities -including the reuse of abandoned or underused factories-. Secondly, morphologically, it proposes a series of different adaptable typologies able to knit disparate and disconnected elements such as the existing family suburbia housing, the Siemens factory, or abandoned underused sectors such as the one of the old factories and railways areas.

Chain Reaction creates a seamless urban fabric able to understand the rhythms and life cycles of the urban space, so that it can adapt to change without losing its identity in the context of uncertain futures. It allows for a plurality of uses but at the same time, it makes a creative use of what it already exists.

2013