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Camille Filbien, Benjamin Wells, Francis Naydler, Jacob Sturdy

Medium

https://medium.works

Copenhagen, Denmark
Medium is formed of four architects who have collaborated since their studies in Political Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) in Copenhagen. Medium developed a dual research and design project for the inaugural Tbilisi Architecture Biennial that explores themes of spatial commons in both Tbilisi and a wider context. Medium are currently researching Denmark’s ‘ghetto laws’, investigating how Common Forms could provide alternatives to demolition and stigmatisation.

Common Forms


Making room for the collective

Common Forms


Making room for the collective
The architectural amelioration of social space in neglected housing districts - through the creation of Common Forms.
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Type of project
  • Practical problems

There are countless neglected housing territories across Europe, in which social spaces are deemed to be negated by digital networks and other realms of interaction. Innovative forms of living are reserved for new housing projects, while existing neighbourhoods are overlooked until the point at which they require significant renovation, or else demolition. This approach forgets the transformative potential of creating social space with Common Forms.

Medium’s proposal establishes an alternative strategy for the architectural amelioration of neglected housing districts. Common Forms occupy the threshold between public and private - their function ambiguous and ownership undefined. Common Forms invite multiple interpretations and uses, encouraging commonality and dialogue in the process. Common Forms are attuned to their specific spatial and socioeconomic contexts, but all share an ambition - to delineate and enable collectivity wherever its potential might have been forgotten.


Each Common Form responds to its specific spatial and socioeconomic context, but all look towards collective action through participation and engagement.

8-23-VI - a Common Form designed for the Gldani microdistrict in Tbilisi, Georgia. Its continuous surface of rotating shutters allow the pavilion to mediate between the public and the private.

Common Forms designed for the Mjølnerparken housing district in Copenhagen, recently labeled a ‘ghetto’ by the Danish government. These architectural ameliorations suggest an alternative to the proposed demolition.

The first phase of 8-23-VI in Gldani, Tbilisi - built to establish a dialogue between a shared semi-private stairwell and the surrounding public realm.

8-23-VI invites differing interpretations and multiple uses - a Common Form that is activated through its collective use.

Common Forms


Making room for the collective

Common Forms


Making room for the collective
The architectural amelioration of social space in neglected housing districts - through the creation of Common Forms.
File under
Type of project
  • Practical problems

There are countless neglected housing territories across Europe, in which social spaces are deemed to be negated by digital networks and other realms of interaction. Innovative forms of living are reserved for new housing projects, while existing neighbourhoods are overlooked until the point at which they require significant renovation, or else demolition. This approach forgets the transformative potential of creating social space with Common Forms.

Medium’s proposal establishes an alternative strategy for the architectural amelioration of neglected housing districts. Common Forms occupy the threshold between public and private - their function ambiguous and ownership undefined. Common Forms invite multiple interpretations and uses, encouraging commonality and dialogue in the process. Common Forms are attuned to their specific spatial and socioeconomic contexts, but all share an ambition - to delineate and enable collectivity wherever its potential might have been forgotten.


Each Common Form responds to its specific spatial and socioeconomic context, but all look towards collective action through participation and engagement.

8-23-VI - a Common Form designed for the Gldani microdistrict in Tbilisi, Georgia. Its continuous surface of rotating shutters allow the pavilion to mediate between the public and the private.

Common Forms designed for the Mjølnerparken housing district in Copenhagen, recently labeled a ‘ghetto’ by the Danish government. These architectural ameliorations suggest an alternative to the proposed demolition.

The first phase of 8-23-VI in Gldani, Tbilisi - built to establish a dialogue between a shared semi-private stairwell and the surrounding public realm.

8-23-VI invites differing interpretations and multiple uses - a Common Form that is activated through its collective use.


Idea by

Camille Filbien, Benjamin Wells, Francis Naydler, Jacob Sturdy
Medium
Copenhagen
Denmark
Medium is formed of four architects who have collaborated since their studies in Political Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) in Copenhagen. Medium developed a dual research and design project for the inaugural Tbilisi Architecture Biennial that explores themes of spatial commons in both Tbilisi and a wider context. Medium are currently researching Denmark’s ‘ghetto laws’, investigating how Common Forms could provide alternatives to demolition and stigmatisation.