S達o pAULO - S達o VITO BUILDING
HONG KONG’S INFORMAL ROOFTOP COMMUNITIES
The OPEN CITY consists of urban conditions that enables diverse groups to interact pacefully, creatively and productively. Within the framework of Open City, theme of the IABR 2009, this project examines â€œsquattingtechniquesâ€? in an urban and architectural way. Squatting or living in informal settlements is a way for people to receive admission to the city life. SQUATTING
NOTHING IS SO PERMANENT AS TEMPORARIETY
week SQUAT ANALYSIS
Living in a city signifies living in a continuously changing surrounding. An arbitrary section of a city centre might be converted in a moment and seems to be dancing. Rotterdam as a contemporary city, with its aspiration for high-rise buildings, has its own dancing skyline. However, the extending of the city isnâ€™t given by informal settlements and is even less a result of elements for future moments, but disregard the existing city. Today skyline, which perhaps wonâ€™t last that long, has nevertheless itâ€™s own right to exist. Being grounded on the development of the Central District Rotterdam, the outcome of the Schiekadeblock-evolution seems to be clear: 240.000 mq will literally rise from this existing plot. The renders of a possible new design give a glimpse of the future: enormous high-rise buildings. By presenting a new future, the existing buildings, still part of the urban settlement, are abandoned.
Contradictorily itâ€™s especially this kind of ambitious city-developing, with its time-consuming planning schedules, that creates its own ways of informal settlements. The created interval, by presenting the future plans, can be part of an urban strategy and architectural interventions.
By activating the roof, first of a small impulse as part of a further going strategy, the Schiekadeblock and its new public domain will be able to represent itself again.
PROOF THE ROOF / ACTION #01
The roof garden directly accessible by a staircase from the street redirects oneâ€™s attention to the meaning and functioning of public domain as shown in presented future plans.
ROTTERDAM SKY[SCRAPER] images exhibited in staircase-gallery in sequence from bottom to top
By experiencing this contemporary skyline, the place will become a collective memory and regain its significance in the city. Although the motive is site-specific, the contemporary intervention reflects on a more general theme How will the different typologies of public space be able to adept to a continuous changing urban configuration?
SQUAT_PROOF THE ROOF action #01 5th International Summer School ROTTERDAM OPEN CITY Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban design 2009_ Installation, research and project by SQUAT TEAM (Esther Heemskerk, Marja Kolendic, Cassandra Pop, Federica Vazzana, Michelle Brodeschi, Ana Moori, Ruben Reyes Aguilar, Palupi Laksmi, Malli Saravanhn) tutors: ZUS [Zones Urbanies Sensibles], Elma va Boxel and Kristian Koreman
research and project completed during the Rotterdam Architecture Summer School, AVBR