In the context of an area characterized by increasing cultural and economic inequalities, waste management and smart re-use of existing infrastructures are two tactics that find their way into the “Den grønne ringen” proposal. They establish a conceptual and practical connection to the history of the large site, an industrial periphery of the Norwegian capital, where transport and production were dominant for long. The area indeed emerged in optimistic modernist times where things were to be produced to serve the needs of a society defined by increasing equality and purchasing power. We want tomorrow’s great urban story to be told as a seamlessly integrated chapter in this history of planning, as we defend our strong belief that cyclical-oriented designs can help to diminish the effects of economic inequality in space and society.
The “green factories” found along 3RW and Nord’s green ring provide socio-economic system services and become authentic meeting points for the community. By their purposefully crafted form, textures and programs, they constitute arenas that open up to various social interactions and identity development. They are built around activities, values and attitudes that are able to bind us together and point to a future that we can believe in and which we experience as ours.
The proposal highlights “Den grønne ringen” both physically and conceptually. A long path is broken down into smaller circles of human scale, capable of facilitating a diverse social life. The circles vary from the smallest to the very large, spanning different needs while constructing the unifying whole that makes this ring more than the sum of the parts. Formally, these circular design interventions ensure that the ripple effects spread into the Hovinbyen area, to its social and spatial structures, and help to tie them together. Local centres arise as key architectural objects, as locals rely on solving their daily needs for activities within smaller “circles”. Our green factories help to ensure the distinctive character, city diversity and other holistic values that are necessary to the green shift that awaits.