Charlie Shobrook, Olga Krolak, Sarah Morgan: Ursus Health Network
Chris Turner, Dan Green: Plexus Mutation / The Reformation of Power
The current fetishisation of an economy reliant on the growth of tertiary services and consumer culture as the holy grail of development and regeneration is setting up an unsustainable future where local economic conditions are neglected for the encouragment of mobile capital gains. Strategic goals need to be focused on the establishment of a new circular economy based on a pluralism of logics. The reformation of power and establishment of a new institutionalised participatory platform is tested within a set of spatial consequences based on the social, economic and ecological imperatives set out as strategic imperatives for any future visions of urban development in Poland.
Kostas Ipeirotis, Suzanne O’Donovan: URS.U.S Urban Synthesis
From diagnoses of issues and characteristics at a variety of scales (local, intermediate, global), URS.U.S Urban Synthesis places focus on a number of ‘meanwhile uses’ which are intended to provide a ‘quick and dirty’ intervention for the socio-spatial issues at the scale of the site, whilst working towards integrating or resolving larger scale issues. These meanwhile uses will allow buildings and in-between spaces to become inhabited and occupied, potentially acting as a catalyst for bringing about more long term change. The proposal includes an outdoor art gallery and festival, use of empty plots as allotments and for bioremediation and use of empty buildings and plots as enterprise incubators. Potential developments from this, for example, would be use of biomass (planting, sewage, waste) as biofuel for energy production with an output of clean water. The strategy aims to put in place a framework for catalysts that might ultimately lead to a more coherent, unified and synergetic Ursus.
Maria Mihail, Sery Sarri, Sophia Souglidou: Kinesis electri[city]
Kinesis electri[city] aims not only to enhance the flow and inhabitation of public spaces in the city, but also to promote people’s awareness in relation to innovative and interactive ways of energy production. The programme operates at three transitional scales (Ursus, Warsaw and Poland); each of these is integrated within the other and all are internally differentiated. Ursus Factory becomes the core of renewable energy production; new infrastructures are developed in the site and existing industries are involved in the manufacturing of the piezoelectric tiles process. An industrial symbiosis is developed between actors, synergies and processes, with a long term plan to make Warsaw a self-sufficient city in terms of energy production and enable urban regeneration. The strategy not only amplifies the role of the ground but also multiplies it, to produce it as multiple grounds. A new topography is being introduced which influences both material processes and social encounters.