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  • The Urban Ravine

    The Urban Ravine
    moscow RUSSIA & stockholm SWEDEN

    KTH, School of Architecture (Stockholm, Sweden), Performative Design Studio.
    critics: ulrika KARLSSON, jonah FRITZELL, daniel NORELL, & einar RODHE

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    olga KRUKOVSKAYA & teodor ÅSTRÖM: The most dominant features in the project are water, vegetation and landscape. All of these features are used to create a strong dreamy ambiance in the project, negotiating between the two opposite notions of the constructed urban landscape and the untouched nature.

    In 2062 the climate in Slovenia has become more extreme due to global warming with damp winters and hot and dry summers. The project, situated to the east of the rail crossover in central Maribor, explores the idea of farming in an urban context and how a
    performative landscape can help dealing with insufficient water resources. The program includes a plant nursery with greenhouses,
    which are connected to a nursery centre containing educational facilities, a store and restaurants.

    The project consists of a ravine that is dug out of the landscape. Its slopes are covered with impermeable concrete in order to lead the rainwater down to the bottom of the ravine. There the storm water garden is creating a meandering landscape with lush vegetation allowing natural water purification of the collected water before it is used for the fish tanks in the aquacultures and the hydroponic
    systems in the greenhouses. By using the water to create moist conditions the project aims to produce a flourishing and mossy environment with a hazy ambiance. The ravine and the layout of the buildings are meant to create an intimate landscape that further
    enhances the atmosphere of a place somewhat sealed off from the surroundings.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    oK & tA: Ulrika Karlsson, urban farming, biosculptures.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    oK & tA: Watching Antichrist by Lars von Trier, Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky, Hedgehog in the Fog by Yuri Norstein.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    oK & tA: Zaha Hadid Architects, Greg Lynn FORM, Reiser + Umemoto.

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