ANAMNESIS: heritage activation through the reformative landscape.
noun, recollection (of previous history).
the remembering of things from a supposed previous existence
(often used with reference to Platonic philosophy).
a change for the better; an improvement.
To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects;
put into a better form or condition.
action to improve social or economic conditions without radical or revolutionary change.
noun, property that is or may be inherited; an inheritance.
valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside,
and historic buildings that have been passed down from…
The project explores mechanisms of soil remediation treatments as
a means to re-activate, expose and as a result preserve and builduppon
the existing heritage of Ursus, inter-twined with socioecological
and economical changes. The mechanisms required
to perform the ground works demand a laborious process that
engages with the local community. The formation of the landscape
integrates treatments in a phased development, bridging between
land-form and built form. The notion of connectivity acquires
an important role in merging the new ground into a continuous
network of programmes, activities and spaces.
The project development comes as a response to two main
conditions generated by the rapid urbanisation and economic
instability: The first is of an environmental span, generated by the
removal of industries that leave behind vast land of contaminated
post-industrial soil; while the other one is of a social span,
triggered by deterioration of the factory’s former activity and
economic prosperity. The integration of soil remediation urgency
to a phased introduction of layered activities on site, taking into
account the social implications triggered by these developments is
sought throughout the project.