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Gasverket between past and future tenses: Reinventing Gasverket as a micro-industrial productive landscape
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Stockholm is a post- industrial city. Industries are slowly degrading and moving elsewhere. After that, housing and culture comes fast to replenish the gap especially in central parts of Stockholm. On the one hand the disturbing and unhealthy character of industrial sites is gone but on the other hand pollution is still present. Manual jobs are lost, the areas are gentrified and as a result the prices of housing increase and lower incomes move out. Gasverket area in Hjorthagen is not an exception. The gasworks ended their remaining production in 2011 and soon after housing development started in the area. The promising luxurious development contrasts the old workers' housing on top of the hill. In the past the workers had to live in unhealthy conditions due to the operation of the factory. Today that the production is gone, working class people would not afford to live in this area. The municipality's plans are to make a high-class international cultural hub in the gasworks , polishing the past by idealizing the industrial scenery. Our project is an alternative idea about the area. Our vision focuses on an innovative "repair, reinvent and reuse" society according to the principles of circular economy, where small scale industries and housing are mixed. Our proposal is not a fast development but one that lets the past get healed. The past is not forgotten or substituted and becomes a useful resource for the future. Before, Gasverket was dominating the area both physically with its architecture, volume and operation, polluting the area but also providing employment. In our vision Gasverket will be again a landmark , an innovative sustainable model showing a different way of life, increasing the employment of people of different expertise ,income and backgrounds, and having a positive impact on the environment. Industry and housing are difficult to coexist but we envision a new urban space where workers and inhabitants interact with each other in the new public space. People will become aware about the production of energy, clothing and the repairing of products since they will live in the same space where these functions happen. In that way they would be more likely to make sustainable choices and consume less. Our vision will be implemented in different phases where the area is going to fill with new activities step by step. Our key principles are : >Cleaning the area in a natural way , using phytoremediation and water purification >Promoting diverse employment >Supporting smaller scale industries >Providing affordable housing for people who work in the area >Generating renewable energy >Remaining sensitive to local character and context by preserving the industrial past >Interweaving the industrial ,residential and social space together >Flexible development rate

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 7 p.
Keyword [en]
phytoremediation, post-industrial landscape, micro-industrial production
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-210835OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-210835DiVA: diva2:1120428
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Sinapalou Aikateini
Educational program
Degree of Master - Urban Planning and Design
Presentation
2017-05-31, Stockholm, 11:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-09-15 Created: 2017-07-06 Last updated: 2017-09-15Bibliographically approved

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