UN-BREAKING YARD wants to bring the action of ship breaking to the port of Lisbon, to normalize an inevitable process in the marine industry. The artificial island where it is established is formed by the deposition of dredged material obtained from the estuary basin. The yard´s buildings are build from the skeleton of obsolete vessels, which were destined to be scrapped in the beaches of India and Bangladesh. Transmuting the architectural language towards the naval one, hulls, frames or bulkheads become structures, creating spaces for both machines and people in the form of warehouses or offices.
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Jeniffer Fagundes | Brazil
Project Title: ARMAZÉM – material bank + creation lab Project Typology: Factory/Warehouse
The project is located in an outlying ghetto of Brazil, in a community under extreme social vulnerability situation, where garbage collection is one of the main work sources for local inhabitants. The equipment seeks to apply social technology processes to lift these residents from their life conditions and generate income. It also addresses the issue of solid waste in civil construction and textile industry, two fields that currently produce a large amount of waste and cause big environmental impact.
The decentralization of the industrial city, brought about by the humanitarian and sociological crisis in urban centers at the end of the 18th century, solidified the hegemonic roles that industry and infrastructure currently play in urban expansion, albeit incompatibly with urban life. This “removal of process” from cities compelled us to design industry away from cities instead of adapting industry to them.
But, what happens when one of these industries is far too indispensable to be displaced? “Reiterating The Vertical Urban Factory” attempts to adapt an irreplaceable industrial building to its everchanging waterfront context whilst maintaining its industrial process.