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Idea by

Martin Belkovsky

Jiraskova 1a, Brno, Czech Republic
Studied architecture and urban planning in Brno and Stockholm, cofounder of belkovskybellovicova.com

Manifesto for the layered Future


Dealing with the past as the necessity of future architecture

Manifesto for the layered Future


Dealing with the past as the necessity of future architecture
Learning how to treat what we already have is the premise for a sustainable and controlled growth

Future is uncertain and before moving towards tomorrow we need to solve our past. We (architects, officials, society) need a guide for dealing with existing environment as it is the only certain matter that we are bringing with us to the future and that we can lean on. A manifesto teaching us to cherish the layers of past and appreciate the value of untouched. A manifesto leading us towards sustainable density, high quality environment, maximal usage of what we have and preventing us from uncontrolled growth, disrespect, dilapidation.

Key points of the manifesto:
-When creating, layering comes before adding and spreading
-Every layer has its own valuable aesthetics
-Destruction is the last layer possible
-Fashion repeats. What is worthless now, may be in fashion later
-New layers are not additions but continuation
-Respect the layers created by man/nature/time
-New layer can be added freely if the whole complex looks fabulous


Case 1 /Brno-Czech Republic/
Abandoned football stadium near the city centre was taken over by nature. New layer of greenery is covering the tribunes. The proposal benefits from the new layer and creates a new leisure area with park, lake and facilities that is so demanded in the city.

Case 2 /Vasteras-Sweden/
Underused industrial site neighboring the centre of town with lack of housing. The former turbine hall is converted into a covered public space with the new layer of housing making it a lively spot again, although with a completely new content.

Case 3 /Cabane Rambert - Switzerland/
Alpine hut needs more capacity. Rather then destroying old building the proposal benefits from all the advantages the old building is bringing (spot, material, archetype,...) and continues with the contemporary layer in what was started.

Manifesto for the layered Future


Dealing with the past as the necessity of future architecture

Manifesto for the layered Future


Dealing with the past as the necessity of future architecture
Learning how to treat what we already have is the premise for a sustainable and controlled growth

Future is uncertain and before moving towards tomorrow we need to solve our past. We (architects, officials, society) need a guide for dealing with existing environment as it is the only certain matter that we are bringing with us to the future and that we can lean on. A manifesto teaching us to cherish the layers of past and appreciate the value of untouched. A manifesto leading us towards sustainable density, high quality environment, maximal usage of what we have and preventing us from uncontrolled growth, disrespect, dilapidation.

Key points of the manifesto:
-When creating, layering comes before adding and spreading
-Every layer has its own valuable aesthetics
-Destruction is the last layer possible
-Fashion repeats. What is worthless now, may be in fashion later
-New layers are not additions but continuation
-Respect the layers created by man/nature/time
-New layer can be added freely if the whole complex looks fabulous


Case 1 /Brno-Czech Republic/
Abandoned football stadium near the city centre was taken over by nature. New layer of greenery is covering the tribunes. The proposal benefits from the new layer and creates a new leisure area with park, lake and facilities that is so demanded in the city.

Case 2 /Vasteras-Sweden/
Underused industrial site neighboring the centre of town with lack of housing. The former turbine hall is converted into a covered public space with the new layer of housing making it a lively spot again, although with a completely new content.

Case 3 /Cabane Rambert - Switzerland/
Alpine hut needs more capacity. Rather then destroying old building the proposal benefits from all the advantages the old building is bringing (spot, material, archetype,...) and continues with the contemporary layer in what was started.


Idea by

Martin Belkovsky
Jiraskova 1a
Brno
Czech Republic
Studied architecture and urban planning in Brno and Stockholm, cofounder of belkovskybellovicova.com