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The winning design of The Urban Adaptation competition, submitted by Finnish duo Francesco Allaix and Julio Orduña. Their multipurpose building, designed as a new community centre between three neighbourhoods, has four different fl oor heights to allow various hosting functions. The design was said to “showcase the fl exibility of modular wooden construction”.

installed on the special screw piles that have been prepared in advance. During this stage, the ZERNO will serve as attraction for tourists. In the second phase, “pollination”, the structure is activated and opens to reveal structures that can used to make a community centre. The building also houses a windmill, enabling the generation of wind power for a growing village. The final stage – redemption – focuses on recycling the wooden materials into new structures or using them for fuel. Meanwhile, in third place, Modu-Rot, by Onur Karata, Alp Fahri Ardıç and Muhammed Yasin Gülmez, reimagines the conventional concrete high-rise found in Ankara, Turkey, instead offering an adaptable wooden building that can be used as pre-determined plan types of housing, co-working and public served community classes – as well as private enterprises.

These plan types are reproducible and convertible among each floor, without the necessity of altering the main structure and the facade. They only require adjustments of easily attachable/detachable interior partition walls and floors. This sort of adaptation


provides a continuous response to the changing needs of the community by enabling sustainable, low-cost, fast and effective urban adaptation.

Architectural promise Using a modular wooden construction technique, volumes are created by rotating a simple initial module. Repetition and combination of the same module in various rotations allows creating the structure of interior and exterior volumes, façades and the roof. The rotation creates inclined surfaces for the roof to increase climate resilience, angled balconies in the upper floors to give visual connections to city life and a welcoming entrance in the ground floor facade in order to strengthen the relationship between the building and

ZERNO This project, designed by Alexandra Chislavleva, Sergey Ogorodnikov and Xenia Yakimenko, reimagines a process of village deconstruction by taking inspiration from the dandelion cycle. The building serves as a tourist attraction, community centre and uses wind power for a growing village.

the main street in ground level. Besides environmental sustainability, these relations are created to host “meaningful involvement” of people to the offered

building programs and city life and enhance human relations in the society to achieve social sustainability. Despite being situated in different countries and environments, all three designs showcase the beauty and ingenuity of rejecting cookie cutter models, and instead building for unique environments with specific demographics, cultural makeups and climates. It’s a practice that requires thorough research and planning. Not simply via inhouse renderings, but boots on the ground social interactions with local people. After all, isn’t the definition of bad architecture a building that the rest of society has all but left behind? With social disruption and climate disaster, the next generation of architects need to design for tomorrow, not today.


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