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PUBLIC FRAMEWORK ACTIVATING KAI TAK RIVER


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TABLE OF [CONTENTS] PUBLIC FRAMEWORK 3 Realizing the Potential of Public Space

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The Frame as a Game Changer

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A Toolkit for Experimentation 8 KAI TAK RIVER 9 Kai Tak River - a Habitat

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Challenges and Potential by the Kai Tak River

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Making the Kai Tak River a True Public Space

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Framing the Kai Tak River 22 USER MANUAL 25 8 Modules 26 Materials 28 Joints 29 Guide to Construction 30 Construction - Inner Part 32 Logo 32

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[PUBLIC FRAMEWORK]


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REALIZING THE POTENTIAL OF [PUBLIC SPACE]

The space between buildings can be used in a smarter way by sharing space and allowing for new types of uses.

SCHOOLS

PUBLIC SPACE

COMMUNITY GROUPS

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SCHOOLS

SCHOOLS

PUBLIC SPACE RESIDENTS

PUBLIC SPACE

RESIDENTS

COMMUNITY GROUPS

COMMUNITY GROUPS

SCHOOLS

PUBLIC SPACE RESIDENTS


Traditional ways of planning and management focus on

In public space, functions consist of mostly driving, wal-

lenge to use public space for public purposes. However,

take place inside buildings or courtyards.

traffic and commercial interests making it a political chal-

even in very dense urban areas, a lot of space remains unused and unproductive. The space between buildings

can be used in a smarter way by sharing space and al-

king, and shopping. Learning, playing, and recreation

Why not bring it out?

lowing for new types of uses.

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[THE FRAME] AS A GAME CHANGER

Introducing a frame in public space can designate an area to different kinds of use than what is expected. The Public Framework is a tool to create, sustain and

of a specific space, The Public Framework shows how

The Public Framework outlines public areas and opens

and interesting

share public places. With a simple construction system,

them up for a range of users. By the concrete designation

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public space can become more accommodating, playful


BASIC FRAME

SOFTENED FRAME

OPENED FRAME

FRAME ELEMENTS

Why a frame? Why a frame? A frame has one special characteristic: it

It can grant (temporary) ownership to a school, a commu-

them. A frame is a perspective and can change the way

mal place for experiments and co-creation. It can create

delimits actions, objects and people and thereby defines we perceive things. A frame delimits the work for art from

what’s around it. This is what Marcel Duchamp notorious-

ly showed when he put a urinal display as work of art in 1917. He asked: what frame is the world of art? And he

nity group or an artist collective. It can become an infora meeting point for community activities amidst the com-

mercial activities. In that sense, a frame – though often (mis)understood as repressive – can be quite liberating.

pointed to how we, without even thinking about it, frame

In this case, the frame is a very pragmatic tool to open up

roducing a frame in public space can designate an area

of urban space.

what we perceive, according to the specific context. Intto different kinds of use than what is expected.

urban space to new uses – and to offer new perspectives

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A [TOOLKIT] FOR EXPERIMENTATION

Within the Public Framework, schools, residents, and community actors can share the use and production of public space.

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The Public Framework can be put together in various

Granting the rights to use vacant land to local institutions

for artistic production, community projects, and a variety

gets more quality, and the institutions and residents get

ways and can be set up both vertically and horizontally of other functions. Within the Public Framework, schools, residents, and community actors can share the use actors can share the use and production of public space. and production of public space.

or residents creates a win-win situation: the public space more space to use and enjoy. The Public Framework is a

do-it-yourself test kit that planners, institutions, and assocations can experiment with.

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[KAI TAK RIVER]


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The Kai Tak River can be greener and integrate the surrounding public spaces and community actors. Opening leftover urban spaces for community engagement can contribute significantly to the quality of the Kai Tak River, allowing the elderly and the children to use the public space in new ways.

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KAI TAK RIVER - A [HABITAT]

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[CHALLENGES AND POTENTIAL] BY THE KAI TAK RIVER

The Kai Tak River can be a classroom, a garden, a meeting point, or an exhibition space for all to benifit from. ACTIVATE LEFTOVER SPACES The banks of the Kai Tak River offer a variety of unused spaces.

INTEGRATE DIFFERENT USES

Spaces are rarely used for more purposes

than one, nor are they shared by users.

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OPEN UP INSTITUTIONS

The social potential of the schools and associations is kept out of public space.


The reconstruction of the Kai Tak River offers a chance to

adjacent public areas intelligently can support everyday

ling different institutions to share the river space is crucial

room, a garden, a meeting point, or an exhibition space

create public spaces that support the community. Enabin this development. Redesigning the riverbanks and the

TAKE DOWN BARRIERS

Barriers occupy much of space that could be used better.

life for the community. The Kai Tak River can be a classfor all to benifit from.

SHARE SOCIAL SPACES

The Kai Tak River has many social spaces - but

they are often barred from the public space.

USE THE SPACE BETWEEN

Around institutions and by walk-

ways, much space is left unused.

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MAKING THE KAI TAK RIVER A TRUE [PUBLIC SPACE]

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If shared, public spaces and semi-public spaces can be used much more intelligently. The unused sidewalk can be somebody’s garden. The park can spill into the walkway. The river can be an outdoor classroom and a community square. Opening up areas between streets, parks, and institutions along the Kai Tak River can create a much richer urban landscape.

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[FRAMING] THE KAI TAK RIVER

The framework is a tool for trying out new ways of using and sharing public space. In the Kai Tak River context, The Public Framework can

new ways of using and sharing public space. It can be

ry. Here, projects and ideas can be tested on a one-to-

outdoor learning spaces – or something altogether diffe-

define the riverbanks as an experimental urban laboratoone scale. The framework is therefore a tool for trying out

formed into shared community gardens, art exhibitions, rent, subject to the creativity of the users.

PUBLIC FRAMEWORK | URBAN GARDENS

of parks, backsides of buildings, and the like, offering a

by residents or other stakeholders along the Kai Tak Ri-

tion for the community.

The Public Framework can enclose urban gardens used ver. The gardens can be created by the river, by borders

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platform to experience nature, plants, and food produc-


PUBLIC FRAMEWORK | OUTDOOR EDUCATION

The Public Framework grants schools the chance to use

an outdoor education area in collaboration with the local

activities can spread out in the community for mutual be-

The Public Framework can support the Kai Tak River as schools’ science departments and other stakeholders.

the river as a site for educational purposes. The schools’ nefit.

PUBLIC FRAMEWORK | OPEN-AIR EXHIBITION

school projects, and community communication. A range

tes along the river. The simple frame structure allows for

for communication.

The Public Framework can enable open-air exhibition siboth established, curated artists as well as local artists,

of frames on the riverbank creates a clear public surface

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Introducing the Public Framework by the river creates a reference point for the community. The content can come from schools, curated shows, or thematic exhibitions. With a low-cost set up, the public framework offers an easy way to strengthen community cohesion. It grants visibility to activities that are normally invisible in the public realm.

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[USER MANUAL]


[8 MODULES]

TOP VIEW 200 140 30

30 80

MODULE 1

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MODULE 2

MODULE 3

MODULE 4

MODULE 5

MODULE 6

MODULE 7

a

b

MODULE 8

a

b

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SIDE VIEW 200 140 30

30 80

30

a

b

a

b

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[MATERIALS] As materials for the prototype, we propose corruga-

Framework both eco-friendly and waterproof. The modu-

plastic could be a solution in order to keep the Public

moulding to get rounded edges.

ted cardboard. For the longer lasting version, recycled

les could probably be produced by the technique of blow

Recycled Plastic

Wooden Sticks (5 cm Ă˜)

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Currogated Cardboard (approx thickness 1 cm)


[JOINTS] The modules will be joined together on their short sides.

Here they have cutout holes with a diameter of 5 cm.

Simple wooden sticks are the joints to put two pieces together.

Holes

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Sticks

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GUIDE TO [CONSTRUCTION]

MODULE 1

2x

30

30

30 80

One piece of corrugated cardboard all the way around.

140

30

307 This principle (2 walls, 1 long bended piece all around) does also work for the MODULES 2,4 and 5.

MODULE 3

Same principle for MODULE 6

30 132

275

40

103

30 132

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275

40

103


MODULE 7

30

30 30

60

101

41

90

41

30

MODULE 8

101

30 60

30

30

90

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[CONSTRUCTION] INNER PART

Crossed parts of cardboard inside the MODULES to stabilize the construction.

[LOGO] The logo for The Public Framework was originated from the shapes of the modules and the letter „P“. The logo will

Public Framework

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be stamped out on each module to amplify the recognition value of The Public Framework.



The Public Framework