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D_Day_REHAB FOR GREDELJ

June 21, 2013

SCRAMBLE 5_sml18 meter long ‘Scramble City’ being hung at Gredelj factory hall

Recently finished Dan_D (Day D, or day of design) in Zagreb Croatia took place in another one of the many abandoned industrial premises in the centre. The industrial heritage of the old Gredelj facory fills the largest central city gap, just behind the main railway station. Organised by the HDD Croatian Designer’s Society and in collaboration with Zagreb Holding, the partners managed to open the doors of the beautiful area and gave the ‘patient’ a shortlived rehab therapy. Pointing out the potential of the area. The romance and charm of the industrial heritage is in most European cities adopted by cultural polities, with varying degrees of success, but any larger city has one. Could Zagreb manage to get this one off the ground ?GRED_smlHaving in mind that the theme of current expo  is Design and the City, the temporary and ambitious programming works very well at the spot. Our ‘Scramble City’ lecture was planned together with several interesting practices: Muzej Kvarta, Akunpktura grada, 1postozagrad, Lana Cavar i Narcisa Vukojević, engaging with city and public space. 1005581_613901331975975_297286233_nHungry Designers have, except of having made the beautiful exhibit, been grilling sardines for the party. IGle with Nataša Mihaljčišin have made a catwalk. Propuh action in the ‘downtown’ blew some new wind in the area, opening the doors of small practices. In the photostudio Zelmanović portrait photographs were taken with the wind blowing machine. For the best photos the wind blows from the front. Hopefully reuse of the industrial heritage in Zagreb will get some wind from the back…..wind_sml

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PRESENTATION OASE 89_MEDIUM

April 25, 2013

scramble_city__bklt_shttp://www.oasejournal.nl/en/News#presentation-oase-89-medium

OASE 89 wil be presented on April 25 in the Stadsmuseum Gent (STAM). 25 April 2013 19.00
Stadsmuseum Gent (STAM). Bijlokesite. Godshuislaan 2, 9000 Gent stamgent.be

Klaske Havik will present the issue.
Lada Hrsak will reveal the project ‘Scramble City’.
Michiel Dehaene will discuss the Mid-Size City in a conversation with Bart Verschaffel and Paul Vermeulen

De middelgrote stad is een onderbelicht thema in het discours over stad en stedelijkheid. Urban studies hebben zich in hoofdzaak op de metropool gericht en focussen meer recent ook op relatief nieuwe fenomenen als de generieke stad of de netwerkstad. Terwijl de middelgrote stad weinig tot de verbeelding sprak van diegenen die het discours bepaalden, bleek zij in de praktijk desalniettemin populair als woon- en vestigingsgebied – misschien juist vanwege haar weinig spannende karakter. Als de metropool bij uitstek de plaats van de moderne stedelijke ervaring is, dan is de kleine en middelgrote stad de plek waar de moderniteit wordt geabsorbeerd en zich een vertrouwd en vertrouwenwekkend gezicht verwerft. De middelgrote stad als plaats, waar het verlangen naar een ‘getemperde’ stedelijke ervaring voorwerp wordt van stedenbouw en architectuur. Ooit het centrum van haar eigen ommeland is de middelgrote stad meer dan ooit deel van een stedelijk netwerk waarin de kansen en problemen van de hedendaagse stedelijke samenleving neerslaan. De grote maatschappelijke opgaven, demografie, migratie, mobiliteit, ecologie, zijn net zo goed uitdagingen voor de middelgrote stad. In die context is de middelgrote stad vandaag opnieuw de plek waar de stedelijke beeldvorming rondom de Europese stad herijkt wordt.

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MEDIUM AND THE SCRAMBLE

March 4, 2013

Scramble_BookshopAccompanying the ‘Medium’ OASE magazine issue nr 89 devoted to Mid-Size City you will find our visual essay  entitled ‘Scramble City’. (see earlier blog) The upcoming seminar and debate focusing on the topic will be held in Ghent on 25 April 2013.

SCRAMBLE CITY

July 7, 2012

photos Dieuwertje Komen

Our 5m long leporello has arrived! And has already been pronounced ‘The Book of The Month’ by renown Dutch site ’Archined’ (in a bundle with 3 other cahiers). Available via: archined-boek-van-de-maand

Scramble City is a visual essay by Lada Hršak, Michiel van Iersel, Dieuwertje Komen and Neeltje ten Westenend. It presents a fragmented journey through a fragmented urban landscape filled with good intentions. In the autumn of 2010 they were part of a group of 20 architects, urban designers, artists, designers and writers that travelled to the Balkans(Skopje, Priština, Tirana), Marseille, the North of England (Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool) and the Basque region (Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz). This ninth Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture study trip was entitled What’s Up, What’s Down: Cultural Catalysts in Urban Space and investigated the urban transformations of the last several decades in these European secondary cities.

REARRANGING THE REAL

May 24, 2012

How could the be if we were able to rearrange the elements of realty? A significant venture into an other-improved living condition is done by Txell Blanco Diaz.  At the outskirts of Leidsche Rijn reality is placed in a  gap between past and future condition on constantly evolving building-site. Piles of sand or bricks lay next to road waiting…. until Txell came by and rearranged the pile into a place; creating complete urban furniture set with a bench and a waste basket. Excellent.

Let’s leave to imagination what happened when workers pass by the next morning at 7 am?  Txell Blanco Diaz, more info on vinexmarkt.wordpress.com

MID_SIZE AND SCRAMBLE CITY

April 18, 2012

In the coming few days there are few interesting venues regarding The City. One of which is definitely a colloquium on ‘Mid-Size City’ – The Dual Nature of Urban Imagery in Europe During the Long 20th Century. It takes place in Ghent from 19th to 21th April and is organised by GUST (Ghent Urban Studies Team) from Ghent University. Even before we go out to the printer’s with our ‘Scramble City Cross Section of a Fictitious Secondary City’ project will have a ‘primeur’ presentation at the colloquium.a glimpse of Scramble City map

Scramble City presents the cross section of a fictitious secondary city, composed of elements from nine European cities. It is a visual essay by Lada Hršak, Michiel van Iersel, Dieuwertje Komen and Neeltje ten Westenend, recording a fragmented journey through a fragmented urban landscape. In as much as there are similarities among European urban pathways through time, there are also local particularities and differences. Europe’s cities have unique identities grounded in geography, climate, their overall function and historical narratives. This heterogeneity emerged clearly from the research (Fonds BKVB Study-trip) carried out by a group who undertook a ‘grand tour’ of Europe’s cities and travelled in close succession to Skopje, Priština, Tirana, Marseille, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz. Scramble City is more than just a journey along places and people; it is ultimately a journey through time: the successes and failures in the creation of urban identity over the past decade.