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Topic 2: Revitalization


Revitalization is a deliberate, organized, conscious effort by members of a group to create a new culture. Regarding Europan 10, it relates to the sites where the main question of mutation is: in spatially and socially disqualified areas, how can urban life be intensified?

Trondheim, Norway Topic 2a URBAN ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture treats large health problems by interventions on some specific points that interact with the global system. Regarding Europan 10, some sites are larger than their real dimensions. In which way can punctual interventions have an urban effect at the territorial level?


The Europan site in Trondheim is located in the city district of Nyhavna, a place full of contradictions and conflicts. The area consists of heavy industry and alternative cultural activities and housing; • large scale war constructions and harbour buildings and small-scale timber housing; • political activists, industrial workers and businesspeopl; • heavy traffic with large vehicles and bicycle enthusiasts and pedestrians; • hard surfaces and soft natural vegetation despite theharsh conditions; • preservation interests for keeping cultural heritage from the Second World War and commercial pressure for new large-scale development.




The city could be seen as a system of flows and encounters, where overlapping flows produce encounters and specific spots generate tensions and flows, while urban encounters generate activity spots. If the city is the networked structure, it is important to investigate the current state of this network and find potential synergies and relationships. First, we’ve assessed the current state of Nyhavna as an open network, consisting of flows and encounters, emphasizing current public meeting points and pedestrian flows. Regarding the interests of main players in the area- citizens of Svartlamon, Culture Bunker Dora, and private owners (such as ROM) and interplay with surrounding city districts, we propose new definitive network of flows and encounters.

Possible development before 2015

In the first phase of development it is important to make visible cultural activity, which is “concealed” in Dora’s thick walls. We propose new entrance building for KULTIMATHULE. Transformation of space between Dora’s Eastern facade and Strandveinen street to the urban park with diverse activity spots. Park is enclosed with New Ramp Cafe building on the Northern side, and left open on the southern side, allowing to continue on later stages of development of the area. New mix-use building on Strandveinen 27 creates public activities that face both Strandveinen and Jernbanegata, also providing public connection. New pedestrian crossing above or under the railway track connecting  Jon Raudes Gaten and Biskop Grimkjells gaten, providing connection from Lademonparken to Svartlamon.

Possible development after 2015

After year 2015, when some industrial functions potentially will leave the area, the public space could be continued on the Southern side, and become main value of the new urban development. The Dora’s roof can become a ground for unique district incorporating living, working and leisure with no analogue, with dramatic views to the Fiord and surrounding city. The connections could be provided by the existing ramp, and also through KULTIMATHULE entrance building. 





Public space between Dora’s Eastern facade and Strandveinen street

We propose to transform space  between Dora’s Eastern facade and Strandveinen street to the 21st century Urban Park, where urban, recreational, cultural and ecological activities encounter.The structure of the Park is defined by intersectional pedestrian flows. Where movement trajectories intersect space, specific activity is created: such as playground, skate park, entrance to KULTIMATHULE, New Ramp Cafe etc.The unifying red path encourages movement through and within the Park, creating opportunity to safely skate in summer, or ski in winter. Bicycle path from City’s centre to recreational areas is located along Strandveinen.We propose to use sustainable urban storm water management system, potentially including runoff from Strandveinen and Maskingata. The storm water infiltration ponds could be integrated to the greenery lines or green areas of the Park. Where hard surface is prevailing, underground storm water infiltration systems could be used.






The implementation of program of KULTIMATHULE will increase public interest to the area attracting different social groups. We found it appropriate to place required exhibition programs inside Dora, and use connection A1 as a main public route of the new cultural facility.To make the new function recognizable and more accessible, we propose new entrance volume.The new extension will function as a pedestrian overpass, social hub and connection to the future development on Dora’s roof, at the same time creating new landmark of Nyhavna.After the 2015, when current extension of Dora will be removed, we propose new neighborhood, which could incorporate living, working, culture for artists, culture and heritage workers in close connection with KULTIMATHULE and Dora Culture Bunker.







The proposed building follows perimeter structure as STRANDVEIEN street infill. With main entrance from STRANDVEIEN street for apartments and offices/ workshop, mainly 1st level is planned for open space exhibition and backstage facilities. Apartments are planned 50-100sqm as open free space. On level 4-5 are planned lofts with 2 levels. Offices/ workshops are planned towards STRANDVEIEN street, with possibility to use partly as apartments.









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