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This is a preliminary version of a small book intended to print for Crit Session at the Bergen School of Architecture 12th of May 2011

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  1. 1. SITE UNDERSTANDINGDIPLOMA PROJECT, Harald Brynlund-Lima,Bergen School of Architecture 2011http://blog.bassbanan.no
  2. 2. Most of the settlement in Norway have grown and The fish resource was always important for coastalestablished in coastal clusters and small towns. settlements.Fishing for cod, herring and other Atlantic fish stocks But generally, all the resources was processed and soldhave produced great revenue for towns allover the in the older and larger towns like Bergen andNorwegian coastline. Stavanger.A few of these towns have grown into substantial Then the economic output for local communities wasmetropolitan situations, (Bergen, Stavanger) hence not meager. This was before the advent of new laws thatrelating directly or strongly to the fisheries. decreased the urban merchant monopoly. Together with the tripling of fish export value between 1840-1860 thisBut the great majority of urban settlement in Norway led to a range of new towns along the coast.traditionally got established and still directly relates tothe fisheries and the fishboats These towns were to quickly land the fish resources for export and to create commercial opportunities troughout the country as a whole.
  3. 3. The site for the town of Florø was determined after a regional survey. This survey emphasized wind conditions for fishboats. Because the town was established to land fish and fishboats. Hence, the town was to face north.One of the towns founded in 1860 was Florø.The town was put on the peninsulas reaching west From the local and microclimatic point of view, north is not always so nice.towards the Atlantic Ocean. As we will see, the town centre suffers from this Parliament act in 1860.The site served good wind conditions for the richfisheries of herring just of the Isle of Kinn - but severalsherries around Florø made the underwater landscapetreacherous. Numerous lighthouses were erected. NORTH
  4. 4. The name “Florø” stems ethymologically from thecommon English word “floor” and hence states the The town at present counts close to 12000 inhabitants.landscape features - a floor towards the Atlantic. The distribution and intensity of housing contributes to reliance on personal car to get around. The town centre is not seen as attractive, on average the annual inhabitant spending of Florø is barely 40% of the county average figure. Trade leak to neighbouring town Førde is substantial and undermines the Florø town centre retail branch.
  5. 5. Most town centre property holders blame the small size Seen at present, the town centre is easily identified asthe historical built volumes can serve. The new retail 3 parts coherently dependent on each other.concepts in contemporary Norway demand around 1000. The grid, the principal street Strandgaten and the waterfront zone.In central Florø the buildings can barely serve 500sq.meters and the Local Building Code is strict ontearing existing buildings down.
  6. 6. 1st ZONEThe reason of founding a town here - the waterfront, isnot attrative. It is literally a shady part of town. Severalvolumes are standing without tenants or activity at all.I see the need of activating and connecting Florø to itshistoric surroundings. NO USE OFFICE PARKING CULTURE SHOP CAFE
  7. 7. 2nd ZONE 3rd ZONENO USE NO USE MALLOFFICE OFFICEPARKING PARKINGCULTURE CULTURESHOP SHOPCAFE CAFE

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