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Ground rules

YEAR
2019

CLIENT
Europan Europe

LOCATION
Warsaw, PL

PROGRAM
public space, housing, commercial, clean industry, land farming

AREA
115 ha

STATUS
Europan 15 competition

TEAM
Mateusz Adamczyk, Agata Woźniczka (authors), Łukasz Chamer (contributor)

Ground rules


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New Warsaw development should be like city’s two sides of Vistula rivershore: urban and natural at once; balancing city tissue with public domain and new urban biotope. Europan 15 Warsaw site is an industrial area of a local steel plant, already reworking its operational management to become more sustainable and less polluted. Nevertheless, the noise, heavy traffic and industrial dust effectively block the site’s development into a contemporary, sustainable district of mixed functions.

A. LOOKING AT WARSAW TO UNDERSTAND OUR SITE: GREEN CORRIDORS IN CITY STRUCTURE, B. SIMPLIFIED IMAGE OF THE CITY: A. urban wedges B. greenery as a bender, C. LOOKING AT ONE OF THE URBAN WEDGES TO UNDERSTAND ITS LOGICS, D. SYNERGIC LAYOUT OF AN URBAN WEDGE: A. city tissue B. greenery as a bender, C. local centres on a border

‘Ground rules’ project is a methodology of site’s continuous overturn into a healthy life/work environment. Starting from the bottom, it revitalizes polluted soil into a fertile base for the city growth. Terra preta – most fertile soil – can be produced in Warsaw’s urban conditions, from a polluted base, using native plants as well as industrial facilities already working on the project site. A process of ground revitalization and creation of anti-pollutant barriers is at the same time a process of establishing a diversified biotope park, transforming the site gradually into a new landscape park and then an ecology-enhancing neighbourhood. Land-farming can be seen as a short-term strategy of reviving the site’s bio-balance before developing it into an urban estate or a long-term project that can work as a commercial cleanse field for all the Warsaw polluted land reserves.

INNOVATIVE & PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE – A LANDFARM: A. contaminated industrial and urban soil, B. transport to our site, C. producing terra preta (most fertile land possible) by establishing an eco-healing landfarm, D. transport to a destination (on project site or further), E. new fertile urban nature that is able to produce crops and rebuild biotope

EQUILIBRIUM OF URBAN TISSUE AND PUBLIC NATURE:
1. URBAN TISSUE: A. solar punk business park with education facilities, B. commercial development, C. social and student housing with educational campus, D. housing cooperatives and cooperative offices, E. rental housing, F. private single-family housing
2. PUBLIC GREEN DOMAIN: A. urban sports boulevard, B. education in greenery, C. rain park and water village, D. eco-farming village, E. eco-landscape boulevard, F. wind-enhancing eco-corridor, G. acoustic park

A. INEFFICIENT BELT SCENARIO, B. EFFICIENT STRATEGY: STAGE 1 OF REVITALIZATION: 1. land-farming by establishing urban gardens, 2. cleaning the industrial site (a scrapyard), 3. shutting down the industry railway lane, C. STAGE 2: 1. land-farming by establishing urban gardens, 2. using a cleansed area to establish neighbourhood (also temporary functions), 3. slowing down the industry railway lane, 4. moving all the industry to one site, 5. removing air-separation plant and making a land-farm, D. STAGE 3: 1. land-farming by establishing urban gardens, 2. using a cleansed area to establish neighbourhood (also temporary functions), 3. creating an underground industrial rail lane, 4. enclosing an industrial site with an eco-wall that blocks the pollution and produces energy, 5. forming land as acoustic park, 6. establishing eco-corridors, 7. preparing a metro line, 8. building clean-tech facilities

E. STAGE 4 – THREE CENTRES, F. STAGE 4 – FOUR CENTRES: 1. land-farming by establishing urban gardens, 2. using a cleansed area to establish neighbourhood (also temporary functions), 3. establishing clean-tech and eco-production facilities, 4. extending the eco-corridor on cleansed sites, 5. transforming industrial site into clean-tech hub, G. FINAL STAGE OF REVITALIZATION: A HEALTHY DISTRICT: 1. establishing a clean-tech facilities and eco-production neighbourhood, 2. extending the eco-corridor, 3. using a cleansed area to establish neighbourhood, H. MULTI-CENTRAL SYNERGIC NEIGHBOURHOOD

A. FUNCTIONAL LAYOUT: neighbourhoods each balancing life, leisure and work with new productivity: A. eco work-life neighbourhood focused on producing crops (land, food and flowers for sale), B. solar punk business park enhancing new clean technologies to build a synergic city, C. work-life neighbourhood promoting makers’ movement and collective productivity with a pro-creative housing layout and showcase pavilions, D. work-life neighbourhood promoting circular economy with its recycle centre and small businesses focused on reusing and recycling goods,
B. PUBLIC DOMAIN: local centres of each neighbourhood all have distinct characters: A. land-farming crops market, B. solar punk park – an optimistic space enhancing new eco-technologies, C. super-agora, D. a commercial & service centre for recycled and circulating goods,
C. GREENERY TYPOLOGIES: 1. eco-corridor, 2. acoustic park, 3. public, educational greenery,
D. COMMUNICATION: 1. main access roads, 2. possible pedestrian route, 3. metro line with stations (3’), 4. green connector

‘Ground rules’ performs efficient and economically justified production process of a new urban district, where its first layer (land-farming) implies using ecological and clean methods in all the further steps of community making. That is why a new district enhances ambitions of being both natural and urbanized; dynamic and harmonious, balancing economic efficiency with new circular economy commandments.