COMMUNITY WORK ‘IN PROGRESS’
IFIGENEIA DILAVERAKI, RIKKERT PAAUW
Árpád Tóth, Ayelen Peressini, Bartosz Zabiega, Eva Liisa Kubinyi, Jyothi Pillay, Lena Margarete Antonie Breitenborn, Roman Ledesma, Thiago Flores
TYPE city hall – community centre
During the recent decades, the world has evidenced new trends towards decentralisation and a longing for the benefits of provincial life. But how can we turn to our roots without returning to the past? How can we maintain the rich socioeconomic and cultural environments of urban life that is always in flux, without neglecting the calmness and stability of smaller communities? Community Work ‘In Progress’ embraces contextual and constructional modularity and co-creation processes to strengthen the receptiveness of rural societies. It is open to the flow of people and activities, in order to reinforce the self-sufficiency and progress of communities. Community work is a neighbourhood workshop space acting as a centre for exchanging knowledge and experimenting with new types of community living-working settlements. It is a space that possesses the necessary conditions to host the long-term by being open to the temporary. A crucial part of the design is that the architects used wooden waste found in the nearby forests.
Ifigeneia Dilaveraki holds a diploma in Architecture from University of thessaly, Greece and a Master in Building Technology from TU Delft, the Netherlands. She has been registered architect since 2008 and have collaborated with several architecture offices in Greece and the Netherlands. She considers Architecture as a tool to achieve higher quality in everyday life, by creating spaces which stimulate interaction andcollaboration, creative expressionand public involvement. Towards that direction, she is interested in the social, environmental and physical aspects of Architecture, driven by the local context and seen with a global attitude. She puts the physical act of making at the heart of my work as the most direct way to discover and test the various physical parameters of space, structure and form whilst getting closer to the user’s needs and desires. Constant experimentation with materials and fabrication techniques is an integral part of her design process in order to combine sensorial and technical features in a single solution. Working with the users, learning from the craftsmen and cooperating with specialists from related fields and disciplines is an essential part of her work.
Rikkert Paauw works as autodidact spatial designer interested in creating better suroundings. From his very childhood he considered it logical to use materials surrounding him like waste in combination with natural materials as to change spaces easily with very simple solutions. For his curiousity, he has a strong interest in the background of materials as well as in technology and considers as important to make materials and technics understood. This interest guides him all the way from the first moment of planning to finally materializing a project, all of which happens with a big focus on mobility, seeking durable solutions for individuals as well as companies and own developed projects. In 2006 he founded the design studio and contracting company Stortplaats Van Dromen, using this kind of knowledge, which develops and realizes new spaces and suitable self-designed furniture steps out in 2013. In 2010 he initiated FOUNDation projects that generate temporary site specific projects with found materials to adapt to the local culture and inspire what is possible with waste.
Communitywork ‘in progress’ could function as the starting point for the creation of a village, being itself the outcome of a design process that involves participation and interaction between its users. The worskop space can slowly form the community house of the village and host a variety of social events and activities. Referring to the structure of the workshop space, we aim to create a modular system that can be enhanced and adopted by users according to their needs and the context which it serves. The main structural component is the frame which is covered with coatings. The final size of the workshop space is 7m(length)x8m(width)x3,9m(height). It can be easily dismantled in pieces and transported to different locations. We are interested in combining standard wood (offered by Hello Wood) with waste wood and other materials in moderation (collected in Budapest prior to the workshop) that can be mounted onto the frames. This allows the structure to adapt to various needs and create different spatial qualities (light/dark, private/public, open/closed etc). It would also be an option to attach weatherproof fabric on some panels, in order to control the light in the interior or create shade to the exterior space.The modules have a small size, so they can be attached/detached easily. This results to a structure that can be (a) expanded or separated (b) can be permanent or temporary (c) stationary or portable. Future users can enrich the system when they need to, and plug-in new modules/frames giving them a sense of ownership of the space they occupy. Finally, we place high importance to the recycling of local materials and the input of the students and the Hello Wood community for the creation of the Communitywork ‘in progress’. We aim to work with the students in a joint effort in order to adapt the Communitywork ‘in progress’ to the reality of Project Village. Definitive choices regarding the layout of space and the use of the collected materials will be taken on site.