a contextual city — the birds and the bees

the birds and the bees

The rooftops of  Clujs’ former industrial buildings and industrial areas along the industrial strip are used for urban beekeeping. The brownfield around the buildings is replaced by gardens and recreational areas and is easily accessible by the public. Beekeeping is the metaphor for the business and hustle in the cities’ new urban development site. It is the starting point of a new development, a symbol for a change – with widely visible red-yellow painted wooden beehives – the production site of beekeepers. At a low cost from the beginning, the urban beekeeper and the bee will be the first new producers and habitants on site. The side effect is the pollination of the new green areas – a change in the use of the soil of the brownfield.

a contextual city

This is the vision of a contextual city, which emphasizes its development mainly on dense urban development for living and working and referring to its cultural-industrial and historic heritage. The contextual city is rather green and widely recreational, non-exclusive, has partly agriculture functions and is at the same time an urban place with a vivid public space where the history of the industrial sites of the city are showcased within a newly defined urban context.

Worth keeping industrial buildings are revitalized and adapted for new uses as residential (eg lofts), office buildings, a university campus including student homes, workshops (eg bicycle workshop, electrician, etc.) and creative places (eg. ateliers, workshops, etc.). The connection-nodes on the strip are carefully bound into the surrounding urban areas – according the urban context. Creative processes in the former industrial sites are the motor for a process-type planning. There is enough room for urban design projects, which are being defined by a systematic masterplan, which gives a logic outline and planning guidance, but leaves much space for urban interventions and developments according the needs of the new users of the area, the economic possibilities of the city and the demand on residential-, office-, creative- and whatsoever uses within the urban context. Temporary or mid term use of former industrial buildings is important for the sustainable urban development of the site, and – the beginning is beekeeping within the context.

The urban bee keeper as metaphor for new ways for entrepreneurship / (C) Roland Krebs 2011

keywords & tagline

dense, urban, sustainable / urban farming / beekeeping // green areas for recreation & community farming /// creative process, residential, office areas and social housing for the urban poor or marginalized people // livable, walk-able & short-distance city / intelligent nodes to the city /// reduced individual car traffic, shared space / contextual development of former industrial buildings / careful development of the sites / harmonic integration into urban structure of the city / social habitat /

Vienna, 26th of June 2011