IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN
Kaufbeuren, Germany, 2017
Europan competition entry:
reconversion and new opportunities
for a dismissed airport
Marco Ragonese, Marta Forlese (capigruppo), Andrea Cester, Elena Cristofari, Marco De Stefani, Federica Raffin, Lorenzo Pentassuglia
A dismissed airport: a huge urban empty space that needs a dual-scale operation, both on the human and economical development of the city, through its conversion into a fruitful territory. This turns into the definition of a generative green heart surrounded by a ring which houses productive systems, a research campus, residences and commercial areas. The takeoff run is transformed into a complex sign: during the first 10 years it will be assigned to the cultivation of species meant for phytoremediation, then it will become a fundamental element of the entire system, connecting the old town to the new urban area. Considering the possibility of a failure of the project is a fundamental issue of the whole process, which could be adaptable even to critical situation, going back to a sustainable countryside balance. Urban growth and "happy decrease" qualify an open system, which is able to absorb hypotetical variables too.