CITY OF CONTRASTS
14 days / 250 participants
17 workshops / 6 speakers
One amazing experience

2016, August 1-15

EARS OF NATURE


URBANINTERVENTION

Sevgin Sasari – Turcia
Moritz Kremer – Germania
Anam Kaleem – India
Elia Castino – Italia
Vlerim Sojeva – Kosovo
Amir Zejnullahu – Kosovo
Diadona Blabjani – Kosovo
Filiza Kastrati – Kosovo

TUTORS
Anca Ioana Crețu (Romania)
Lucian Stefan Calugarescu (Romania)

Location

Near the railway bridge Herăstrău – an area with unimproved vegetation crossed by an alley of the park.

Argument

The tumult of activities and daily routine increasingly keeps apart urban residents from nature. Since 2000, James Wines introduces in his book, Green Architecture, the concept of eco-psychology.

Eco-psychology, as an area of science, is based on the idea of helping people realize the seriousness of alienation from the natural environment and guide them to find their own ways to reconnect with it, rather than to use introspection as a method of retrieval. Psychologist Theodore Rosyak appeal to the environmental movement in favor of introducing in its manifesto the concept of psychological impact of human removal from nature, which can lead from mental disorder to social dysfunction. His intention is supported by Freud's statement, that the human mind can never be separated from the broader system of environmental forces.

Time had outlined a kind of limit between the urban residents of the built environment and those of urban natural environment that can be covered under the diffuse limits category – limits poorly marked in physical terms, which allow partial overlapping of the defined entities, assuming there is space for interaction, it is difficult to draw a clear demarcation. This limit introduces a degree of ambiguity.

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Opportunity of the project

We eavesdrop under the railway bridge and offer passers reason to lie and listen to live concert of birds that make noise under the bridge. It is restricted passage under the bridge, passers-by only available option is to cross it, besides the railway. Once on the other side, the alley leads naturally on the waterfront without proper position to enjoy the atmosphere under the bridge.

Enhancing the role of nature in urban life begins with the understanding and awareness of it, followed by protecting and increasing its value. The project seeks the natural environment and its potentiation by targeting effort to the importance of wildlife – natural life – in the city.

Intervention items

The Installation – A metaphorical ear that amplify the ambient sound under the bridge and "directs" it to the left bank (with blocked access).

The Birds Feeder – The "Announcement" of the installation on the opposite shore is represented by a totem with double function: nourishing birds and signal-object that will intrigate and atract attention on our proposed intervention.

The Sitting Platform – Landscaping the space of receiving the natural concert in an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, with places to sit and a possible point of information.

Objectives:

1. The exercise of geting acquainted with the natural residents of a place and consider them in the design process; Raise awareness on the local wildlife.

2. Contribute through a specific intervention for bird-feeding and protect the place they have chosen by improving it for the future.

3. Raise awareness on the local wildlife.


Motivation

We all hear in the forest park the powerful sound of its "citizens". Their noise can become for us a well-deserved opportunity to relax. In contrast with what nature gives us, the city turbulence is a blatant aggression on all creatures, not just humans. In most cases, we do not offer anything back to mother nature, just outline new places – we redesigned valleys, forests, waters, we adapt and transform them for our own purposes, without taking advantage of their true power in the city – the communion between man and nature. The impact of our activities on nature becomes more and more harmful, so visible in the urban texture as a result of fulfilling primary functions. Our daily impact on "nature" creates ambiguity, dislocations or powerful carvings, all over again. Such areas become transitional tissue of the urban texture that meet this one "primary function" and there have began to appear increasingly more in Bucharest. Meanwhile, in Herăstrău Park, under the bridge CFR, the nautre did not stand still.

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