Authors : Eivor Davidsen and Espen Vik

University : Bergen Arkitekt Skole

Status : BArch, 2013

Advisors : Andre Fontes, Espen Folgerø, DAV Vibeke Jensen

Title : Made in Sandnes | How to develop an inner city wasteland?

As cities are getting bigger, there is a tendency of growth by expanding outwards, pushing the periphery away from the city center.

This growth feeds on the cultivated landscape, as well as creating an inefficient infrastructure, and neglects the city centers by promoting the car and the suburban lifestyle.

We look at the conditions in our hometown Sandnes, Norway’s fastest growing city.

While the city is expanding outwards, it’s creating a stronger suburban identity rather than an urban environment. At the same time, the resonance of the city’s industry is still present, with its unused factories at the inner harbor, as a large wasteland in the heart of the city.

How can we incorporate the existing structures and strengthen the identity of the city, at the same time as creating new places to live, work, educate and meet?

The wasteland will be turned into urban land, with appartments, courtyards, roof terraces, vertical parcel gardens, plaza, publicbath, bath house, canals, bridges, cafe’s, galleries, kindergarden, gym, offices, incubators, students, education, lecturehouse, foodmarkets, trees,  a silo filled with books, and a cafe at the top looking over the city, as a landmark in the heart of Sandnes.