Urban facilities design is the pre-eminent program for creating a social democratic cultural heritage. The Unadapted City wants to create general luxury housing by defining a multifunctional framework where the desires of urban living and comfort are highly satisfied by luxury through ideas and spatiality : space-park / park-space.
|The next steps into the Unadapted
City are the spatial models. Brikabrak was the first, a model of an urban
district for 9.500 inhabitants, where the public transport carries the new district and is
also visualized as such.
Six levels based on numbers of inhabitants (878, 1.600, 9.500, 22.000, 72.000 and 192.000) are used in the Unadapted City and within these levels the various facilities have been clustered into easy to use design units. On these design units, linear function arrangements are based. These allow a stochastic mixture of programs, spaces and architectural expression. By conceiving models on the third level (9.500 inhabitants : district or quarter) a concept for large-scale design of complex metropolitan structures with multiple components is gradually developed.
Essential for Brikabrak is the idea to combine a large part of urban functions with a public transport system (metro bridge) as the city spine, to which all housing buildings are linked, and to link the more periphery-oriented functions to private transport. Next to a high level of urban comfort, this metro bridge generates a critical social mass for a lively urban night and day life.
Brikabrak developed around the following basic principles :
|-||Luxury social housing based on CitÚ Radieuse, Marseille, that still appears to us to be the standard for (social) housing, with larger residences on the roofs. The extrusion of its transverse section to a length of 1.618 meter, bent and folded into 6 different buildings, is used in this concept as urbanistic measuring instrument (1 meter CitÚ Radieuse = ▒ 6 inhabitants), resulting in a rather high density.|
|-||The linear infrastructure (can later be cut, curved, reassembled, ) as the ordering principle.|
|-||Keep the ground level free for any existing program.|
|-||Blend of programs.|
|Spatially, the urban comfort is distributed over following major parts :|
|-||The car tunnel, giving access to automated parking silos and distributive for urban traffic, where a city life on car scale is created by providing car-linked functions in speed-oriented visual contact with the tunnel.|
|-||The sole, over the underground structure, where sports fields, kiosks, playgrounds, urban furniture, etc may induce a new experience.|
|-||The metro bridge is the most important urban space : on and in the metro bridge (hanging monorail) and in the connecting "rues intÚrieures" of the "citÚs radieuses" urban life takes place. Just like the "rues intÚrieures", it has voids and duplexes and, what 's more, a 16-meter wide promenade deck, with a variety of comfort functions.|
|Neither the linear character, nor the housing model, nor the spatial organization should be understood as exclusive for the Unadapted City. Brikabrak is just "a" model, next to a lot of possible models, new and old, conservative or progressive.|