THE NEW BIG FIELD
2012 | COMPETITION
Green Junction & Instant Urbanism
Restructuration Urbaine du «Cultural District» à Salt Lake City
GREEN JUNCTION / Seeds & Instant Urbanism
The project’s strength lies in its analytical and visionary approach to the optimization of the Salt Lake City Center density and social activity trough the promotion of diversity and an evolving urban process, providing spaces, access and regulation to spontaneous temporary and permanent new uses thus encouraging a sense of community and sustainable living.
Taking the historical city grid, the privileged location of blocks 69 and 70 in relation to their connectivity with the city, and the opportunity that the in-between spaces, passages and under-utilized and vacant buildings offer for development the “New Big Field” is defined for the development of the project. This territory contemplates the in-between spaces and also the possibility of a future vertical expansion, programatic diversification and the evolution of regulations.
The urban scenario and development strategy aims to strengthen self-responsibility, community participation and inter-institutional coordination. Understanding 69-70 as a cultural district, of inter-connection to religious tradition, responsible consumption and comprehensive social relationships.
The project sprouts from the creation of “the green junction”, the pedestrianization of 100S and partially of Main Street which allows blocks 69,70, 75 and 75 to become a pivotal point between the Salt Lake temple, the convention center, the university and the capitol where social activity and interaction can take place doting this four blocks of identity. From this base point spontaneous interventions called “seeds” arrive to colonize the big space housing diverse activities that seek to work as anchors for a new, more diverse, programmatic development. Seeds are thought of as temporary interventions that could later grow to become part of the urban tissue. Instant urbanism being deployed on the Green Junction, the new symbol of Salt Lake City’s Downtown regeneration.
The scenario shown in the project is illustrative and is to be seen as potential result of the implementation of Instant Urbanism, the modus-operandi.
Green Junction / Urban performance:
The Green Junction has different levels of development to enable its implementation as well as funding possiblities. The first step is to encourage public gathering by creating pedestrian weekends on the site, this only requires public services and the population’s motivation. Based on local needs and community requirement, temporary seeds are a 1:1 scale space programming test for future urban development. Temporary uses secure owners and residents and maintain spaces and building conditions.
Project’s Social Headquarters / Social Equity:
Community involvement in the project is determinant. Starting with pedestrian week-end as collective gathering and urban act, followed by extensive site study, inviting local residents and students to participate in the project development, maintaining community spaces, promoting new uses, urban regeneration and usages diversification.
New “Big Field” / Ecological standard.
The new big field contemplates existing Pocket Parks, the new Green Junction, vertical and rooftop gardens as key spaces for the natural evaporation and collection of rainwater. The promotion of urban farming as both a renewal of strong historical local tradition and a strategy for resources management. The importance of a closer relationship between the city life and nature. It seeks to become an urban experiment for new ways of living the city.
Seeds / Contextual and aesthetic impact:
Seeds are new simple, ephemeral and mobile architectonic typology. Their position and organization respect the original city structure, further enhancing its possibilities. They work as agents that can grow trough the existing urban structure to regenerate it. These agents encourage connective city development and preserve the collective memory by saving historical buildings.
Instant Urbanism / Transferability.
The objective of this urban integration project is to create community meeting points that encourage social cohesion and public gathering through simple interventions within public spaces and responsive changes to local urban regulations. Blocks 69-70 become the testing ground for local urban strategies that could later be applied at a city level.
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
P. Rizzotti, S. Privitera, G. Rosenzweig