REORIENTATIONSMapsThese maps visualize the relation between different buildng types in Murmansk. It is strikinghow few single houses there are all over the city and how similar the living blocks appear.The map showing “other buildings” are in a high number related to industry. These buildingsare numerous in the outer parts of the city. They create heterogenic and differenciatedspaces in contrast to the inner city.InteventionsI have made seven proposals of actions that could be done in order to improve the city. I wantto soften the raw feeling that the inner city gives, make the industrial areas in outer city areasmore available to the citizens and make people get in contact with the landscape surroundingthem. Key words for my interventions are ecological processes,creativity and innovation anddiversity.In all interventions have I focused on temporality in one way or another, meaning that I ammainly throuwing the first stone into something that might become a cairn, or somethingtotally different,
Bird´s nest Lightway express Applefarm Kiwifruit backyard Flexi Factory Pier Garage rock and Art StudiosRoads and railway 4-9 storey buildings, schools and hotels Single houses and 2-3 storey buildings Garages Houses not for living Intervention map
GARAGEROCK AND ARTSTUDIOSThe unique garages of Murmansk has a long history could be handed a garage as a studio for whatever crea-and are special to the russians not only because of tive field they are pursuing.their appearance, but because of the many activitiesand gatherings that have taken place there since the Art, music and creativity are some of the key stones in a70s. Sadly, a lot of them are being thorn down today society.to make place for parking houses. Fewer garageowners use their garage in the social way they used The garages are quite easily moved, so they can moveto before. them and shape the outside area after own preferences.But even though the garages are loosing its previous It is not sure how this project would develop over time, butprogram, they have too many positive sides to remove hopefully there would be more creative, happy youth,them completely from the city. maybe with initiative to make cultural and social changes in the city.The offers for youth in Mutmansk are very few, eventhough there is being built one youth house today. Iam suggesting that determined youth from murmansk
BARENTSFJORD PIERToday most of the coast in Murmansk is not In the wintertime the water freeze. Then theavailable for the citizens. Pier turns out as a waiting bench for people ice skating down the fjord.I want people to get better contact with thefjord. The pier can be built longer and change after needs. Maybe we find out more about the fishI have made a pier that goes straight out on the and seals so that we can adapt it more to theirfjord and goes down into the water. needs. Bird´s nestFrom the end point you can sit and watch the By making some of traffic through the dock, Icity from afar. hope this can make the coast more available for the citizens.If the ocean is clean enough for the salmonone can fish or take a bath and watch birdsand people sailing.
APPLEFARM People sitting between the trees, eating applesAfter doing research and finding out that On this collage I have also made a biggerapple trees, allthough not the same type in space for vulnerable road users, so thatthe south, do grow in the Arctic, I figured people easily could be either skiing in thewhy not plant one here in Murmansk, right winter or bicycling in the summer.next to the road for cars?Maybe this could expand, attracting birdsand wildlife, and the people of Murmanskwould harvest it and make cider, like a newHardanger?
THE KIWIFRUIT BACKYARD WAKING PEOPLE UP FROM THEIR “SLEEP” BY ART MAKE PEOPLE THINK “he Arctic Beauty Kiwi is a native of Russia. The most MAKE VISIBLE THE INVISIBLE hardy of all kiwi vines, it is able to withstand temperatures of -40 degrees, and thrives from Canada to Florida. Its vibrant shades of hot pink, white and jade colored leaves make it a perfect show piece for your garden. Another THE WAY THE CITY IS, IS NOT A MUST, THEY ARE added feature of the kiwi is that it grows equally well in sun INDEED FREE AND CAN DO WHATEVER WE WANTMost of the huge building blocks in the inner city has no or shade, however to get the brightest colors it is best togreen area and no place for the people living there to meet plant it in a sunny spot. The fact that they naturally attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard is just anotherand children to play. bonus you get by adding the THE UGLY TRUTH; DON´T CLOSE YOUR EYES TO IT. IT IS Arctic Beauty Kiwi your garden.”I have made a proposal for a half inside-, half outside A REASON WHY WE FEEL BAD REALISING REALITY, ANDgarden placed in the middle of the backyard. THAT IS BEACAUSE IT IS WRONGSuggestion for plants are the arctic kiwi, arctic berries andother fruit.The building materials are fishnets on which the plants grow.The whole structure is easily adjusted to make new spacesand facilitate the plants growth.In spring, summer and autumn it is a blossoming flower andfruitfest, while in the winter, the snow on the net make wallsand roof like an iglo, and the naked trees create diversespaces. The organic grains softens the hard concrete blocksurroundin it.This is a space that changes vastly all year roundwith the plants, it can also be ajusted mechani-cally by changing the wires keepin it up.
FLEXI FACTORYMuch due to the declining population, Mur- By finding a new program for one of them,mansk have a lot of empty and decaying build- there is a reason for people to hang out on thisings. Many of these can become usable by industrual part of the city which is heterogeniconly a little work. These buildings have char- and full or surprises.acter and make unique spaces. As a further development I hope that peopleI have made a new program in one of the can see the potensial in the old before buildingempty factories on the coastal side of the city. something completely new.The program is actually anything from con-serts, markets, exhibition area etc. With acouple of handy hands one can easily trans-form it into almost anything.
MURMANSK EXPRESSMurmansk has many traintracks. I have made use of an unused oneand turned it into a different kind travelling for murmansk citizens. It isfaster, more eco-friendly than cars and more fun.It connects my other interventions in the city.
BIRDS NESTThe idea of the birds nest is to incourage people to go out of the city andand see the surrounding nature and wildlife.It is mainly a pathway out of the city which ends up on a mountaintopnearby.The path is easy on the landscape.It can easily change direction and spread out grains.The current endstop is a viewpoint where one can look at the city fromafar, with a birds view, without any enormous statues next to you.