REFUGEE CITY RIJEKA (Croatia)
Together with our partners in Slovenia, Austria and Croatia we developed in June a project about the possibilities of the redevelopment of the docklands in Rijeka. The problem of the former habor area in the shrinking city Rijeka is evident and we started the project by implementing creative industry in the abandoned docklands.
During the workshop end of September in Rijeka we were faced with a huge amount of refugees which were, and still are hindered to enter Schengen territory, thus blocked at the border between Slovenia and Croatia , 25 km away from Rijeka . All participants of the workshop realized immediately the enormous challenge for the shrinking city of Rijeka and want to dwindle the humane catastrophe of the refugees by using the knowledge and the publicity of the workshop to think about Rijeka as a refugee city.
The assignment was transformed into the development of an utopian Refugee City in the abandoned harbor area of Rijeka. These concept should provide short term and temporary shelter as well as a sustainable long term vision of the growth of the city by 200%. So Rijeka could use actual politic situation to develop innovative ideas how future cities could develop in terms of migration and a worldwide growth of population.
The new type of Refugee City should use the unforeseeable growth to enhance the quality and the characteristics of the existing city of Rijeka. The new design strategies for Rijeka should be specific (connected with the spatial qualities of the city) and general (the design of an utopian Refugee City of the future) at the same time.
J. Veldhuis design of clustered village
The results of the project will be used in the future activities planned by the city of Rijeka when applying for European Capital of Culture in 2020. It is similarly expected that the results of the design week 1 will be used in projects that are acquired by Luka Rijeka to improve the integration of ports in the northern Adriatic, their infrastructure and other links.
Make a urban design of the Refugee City Rijeka. Make a design for an innovative, resilient city of the future. Design a utopia by means of stable urban design plans and models on different scale levels.
Concept schedule winter term (September – January)
September October November December January
week 1 introduction design designportfolio assessment portfolio assessment
week 2 portfolio concept design design portfolio ass.
week 3 research design week 2 final presentation
week 4 design week 1 design design
2015 winter term
40 hours per week