THE WOOD CITY
The Wood City project aims to create a new collective public life through wood production. The proposed design is a simulation of a ‘city’ scape, constructed by the morphological elements found in the proposed site Kings Cross. According to the ‘Wood City’ in order for a public space to function, it needs to be inhabited, alive and filled with users that feel ownership towards the space, being the actors of the physical setting.
The ideology in the proposed space is to enhance the existing community by having co-working spaces and wood production factory as the main elements. The proposal aims to bring diverse social groups together to create new interactions and commonalities. The spatial organisation consists of; multi functional areas, co- working spaces, wood factory and restaurants that connect to each other in one space. The design of these diverse functional zones, are organised in a way that they visually and physically connect, enhancing human interaction.
"Essence of public sphere is to allow us to relate to one another in our plurality aim of creating a common world."
Hannah Arendt, the Human Condition 1958)
In the site; Kings Cross, pseudo public spaces, surveillance, and manipulative laws, lead to dead and inactive spaces. These empty streets and squares, lead people to feel anxious, unsafe and insecure. The Wood City proposal aims to create a new collective public life through wood production.
Wood-working takes a lot of time and effort. The value of creating handmade wood pieces are a part of the emotional connection to materials, memories and relationships with people. Wood creates a new economy system in the Wood City. From the process of logging, timber producing and woodworking (furniture) to trading to restaurants and studios, the exchanges of wood is a significant quality of the proposed site.