Year: 2016Location: Brno, Czech RepublicProgram: Urban PlanningStatus: International Competition Area: 220 HaClient: City of BrnoProject Team: Ramon Bernabe Simo, Tomáš Labanc, Georgia Adamou, Alfonso Bertrán Gil, Sonia Bilardi, Albert Casas, Begum Cehreli, Lazar Djuric, Izabela Franczak, Robin Gringhuis, Ferran Iglesias, Paulina Kasza, Roman Kekel, Lucile Kopczynski, Sophia Kunze, Syrine SialaPhotos: Play-TimeConsultant: Ferran Casanovas, Peter GeroAward: 4th Prize
When the future is unknown, the most logical course of action is to propose something flexible.
This urban proposal for the Future of Brno Center is not a crystallised design, it is a design tool that will serve as a base for urban planning. The project consists in a list of urban regulations for urban growth and a catalogue of qualities for project implementations.
The site framework is composed by urban stripes along a central public spine that connects the new area with the historical center offering a cultural, research and sports corridor for the city. Each urban stripe consists in a self-sufficient micro city composed by three to five courtyard blocks, offering a wide range of programms – office, cultural, services, retail, public space, energy and waste management, natural elements – where housing is the base. The proposed Smart courtyard block is not a closed entity anymore but a permeable structure where the developments of different heights, widths, functions and typologies happen. Within the blocks, what is normally dead space becomes programmed, semi-public, social space for the community. The Smart Courtyard block is an urban configuration that helps creating a culturally open city, organised by democratic processes. This adaptable design allows flexible phasing over time.