The killing you-know-who

18. August 2016 | von


The semester ending is there! A TABU for all students, especially for those (like me) that couldn’t realized how fast the time passes, and before I could start to get a little more up-to-dated with all things I had pendent, it was already time for exams and project submissions!


And there starts the drama: non-ending search for a studying place at the library; post-its glue all around your home; a lot of snacks in the bag; the constantly opening the refrigerator (only to get a fresh ideas, you know…), nights of bad or few sleep, and silly exams! The only good part is that I’m not alone in this. In fact, when I see how devoted people are at the Uni, ate the library, and that at all possible seating places somebody is concentrated studying, I actually even feel bad for not being able to be so like that…


Yet architecture students are hard workers by nature, and all I can think about those days is about my project. And sorry guys, but of course I am going to share it here, because the data volume in my brain is already full, and there is no other task that I can develop at the moment. Anyway it is a nice and interesting topic, and hopefully you like!


I’m researching about temporary uses in the urban space. This means proposing temporary activities in specific abandoned or not used areas in the city, like deactivated industrial buildings, or fallow terrains, non-spaces, etc. These areas are really negative to the city because they normally cause barriers, isolate neighborhood and people, and create a sense of emptiness and even hostility in some cases. They’re inactivity actually “steal” useful area in the city, and dispel people from the city center, creating long distances and the need of motorized transports in the daily life.


Naturally this whole topic of (re)activation of unproductive areas in the city is much more complex, this is really a short introduction, that if you get involved with you can even start with the Wikipedia or even asking me!


Thus my project consists in studying this neighborhood in Cologne, Mülheim. And projecting a tool for incentivizing and implementing temporary uses in these bad areas in order to reactivate them, and bring back life to them and their surroundings.


Here by I share some drawings I’ve made about the difference of a bottom-up and top-down planning (concept that I’ve already explained some posts ago). And the proposal for a temporary use, a cultural center.


I hope you like!

And for those who are dying with dead lines like me, I wish you all the best!


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