The Brant Club
Mural, public debates, workshops, 2012 The Musagetes Guelph Program,
Guelph, Canada The Brant neighbourhood, Guelph, Canada Project by Lucia Babina and MarjeticaPotrc
Supported by the Brant Community, the Brant Avenue Public School, the Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group, Cohabitation Strategies, and the Everdale Organic Farm and Learning Centre
Located in the Brant neighbourhood in Guelph, Canada, The Brant Club is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and practices between neighbourhood residents, the Brant Avenue Public School, the municipality, and such local initiatives as the Everdale Farms, with the goal of turning a public park into an urban farm. The project developed through a variety of community activities focusing on the available natural assets in the area, place-making, and food accessibility. By participating in the activities, the local residents began taking a more active role in reshaping the life of their neighbourhood. The project is conceived as a tool for empowering local participation in governance at a time when the city is cutting back its financial assistance to this economically disadvantaged district, leaving an uncertain future in the hands of the residents themselves. The mural We Are Brant, mounted on the facade of the Brant Avenue Public School, illustrates steps that lead to a new culture of living.
The Public Space Society
Building materials and fabric, public debates and workshops, 2012 ’Art and the City 2012′ Stadionbrache, Zürich Project by MarjeticaPotrč and Ooze (Eva Pfannes& Sylvain Hartenberg) in cooperation with StadionbracheHardturm, Zürich Supported by the Municipality of Zürich; RetoBonomo, Zürich; and Tiggelovend-Kok BV, Etten (Gld), Netherlands.
What kind of agora – what kind of shared gathering space – do we want for today, and what kind of space do we want to leave behind for the coming generations? ‘The Public Space Society’ articulates a shared public space organized and managed by neighbourhood residents in Zürich West, the city’s largest redevelopment area. Inspired by the self-organizational tradition of the Swiss ‘Genossenschaft’ (‘society’), ‘The Public Space Society’ attempts a new model of public space by taking into consideration all the pertinent parties: the owner of the land, users, neighbours, visitors, and the citizens of Zürich. Located on the temporarily leased space of a gardening association in Zürich West, ‘The Public Space Society’ employs a ‘Baugespann’ (markers showing the dimensions of a future construction) to plot a symbolic void, where discussions take place about the shape of the district’s future square.
Source de Friche
Building materials and water-supply infrastructure, 2012 GARDEN – Parkdesign 2012 Brussels, Belgium Project by MarjeticaPotrc and Ooze (Eva Pfannes& Sylvain Hartenberg) Supported by IBGE BruxellesEnvironnement.
‘Source de Friche’ is a constructed wetland that offers drinking water in an urban wasteland. One half of a former Shell Company industrial site is a depression in which water has accumulated. Although the site was recently decontaminated, the water is still polluted. The polluted water is processed through a constructed wetland, which uses helophyte filter plants for purification, thus demonstrating nature’s ability to restore itself. But, although purified, the water still does not satisfy all European regulations; it is “of drinkable quality exclusively for non-humans”. The project addresses the issue of water as the world’s most precious natural resource in the 21st century.
A Rooftop Rice Field at Byuri School
Building materials, energy and water-supply infrastructure, rice field, 2010 APAP2010, Anyang Supported by the APAP2010, Anyang, South Korea
‘A Rooftop Rice Field at Byuri School’ is located at an alternative school in Anyang, South Korea, one of Seoul’s satellite cities. Rainwater from the roof of a pavilion on top of the building is collected in a water tank. It is used for irrigating the rooftop rice field and flushing the toilets on the building’s top floor. The rice field is cultivated by students, and the rice is used for student meals at the school. Growing one’s own food is an important part of city life in Anyang, but it is not a practice that is recognized by the municipal planning authorities. Currently, the city is focused on supporting continuous development with almost no concern for ensuring a sustainable future. The project’s aim is to create greater awareness about sustainable water use and the importance of relocalizing food systems to rebuild the city’s self-sufficiency in food provision. The project is a part of citizens’ efforts to persuade the municipality to provide free, organically grown food for all students in Anyang.
Istanbul: Rooftop Room
Building materials, energy and communication infrastructure, 2003 ’Poetic Justice’ The 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Rooftop Room is a site-specific project realized for the 8th Istanbul Biennial. It consists of a tin roof constructed on top of a privately owned flat-roof house in Kustepe, Istanbul. After the exhibition closed, the family who lives in the house replaced the temporary curtain walls with permanent walls.
House for Travelers
Building materials, 2000 ’Manifesta 3′, Ljubljana, Slovenia - Building material, 2002 ’Go-Home’, Sarajevo, BIH
I built the House for Travelers for a family of refugees who live in Ljubljana. The house is modeled after a UNESCO resettlement project in Kenya. The dwelling consists of a tin roof on stilts and a small room for safeguarding possessions. In both Ljubljana and Sarajevo, the temporary structure was given to a temporary social group. Residents made their own improvements on the houses.