My graduation topic is inspired by my internship in Melbourne and the experiences I have gained there.
On my first day, my colleague took me to the little lane ways for lunch. I was touched by this phenomenon because it was unknown to me and it is so surprising how this structure/culture is functioning. Small streets with so many people, liveliness and activity. The harmony of how well they all live together in the greatness of this big city. It is all about the user.
During the time I stayed there I developed a fascination for the city the functioning of an urban social texture. The city has a subcutaneous social network that has been incorporated into the urban structure and has developed organically. The city has many hidden places that you can find by exploring the smallspaces lanes and arcades. The surprise effect remained despite the fact that I spent 5 months there.
The small streets as they look now, originated from the vacancy of the textile industry. The streets were used to transport goods by horse and car, through the back entrance of the industry. When the textile industry was lost, the vacancy of these buildings became a possibility for small businesses, because the rent was more affordable. For example, a culture has developed organically, which forms an important social interface between Melbourne’s commercial and public space. This culture serves as a second layer in the city, which is very important in a vertically oriented city. The further zoomed in the more you can see this “Micro-culture” and thats where the experience starts and every thing comes together.
Other architects in Melbourne have also inspired their designs on this phenomenon.
I want to use my experience and inspiration for a design or strategy, so that a similar culture can develop. Translating my vision and philosophy formed by developing experience and research, into a scenario or plan of requirements that I want to implement at a location with potential.
For the old prison in Utrecht City I was talking about a redesign with the resident group to come up with possible ideas.
THE LITTLE LANE WAYS
CONNECTING THE MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMMUNITY ZONE