Druzhba - street culture space
Lysychansk , 2017
Type: Urban intervention
Authors: Roman Sakh Kostiantyn Kuchabsky, Vita Bazan, Anastasiia Parafeniuk
For the first time, we managed to carry out a project based on the utopian model. We were able to devote a lot of time to the incomprehensible for most study of the locality, people, needs, feelings and internal vibrations. In the city, we managed to combine resource-poor resources, whose synergy yielded incredible results. And this is not about creating a space skate park, but in the processes that have begun to take place here. It captures the most, though unnoticed at first glance! The unpromising unfinished hall of the cinema, which needed tremendous financial infusions, was turned down, as we have already managed to call it, into the space of informal athletic culture. All disadvantages have turned into pluses. The administration did not have ideas about the reconstruction of space, but there was a desire to involve young people in urban processes. Street athletes who destroyed the pavement and granite stairs near the cinema "Druzhba" did not have any infrastructure for their activities, but had a great dream. The idea of a covered skate park emerged immediately and found a response from all around. This is a very unusual format for our studio: we did not have a formal customer who individually forms a technical task and approves it, but is an ecosystem of many players, each of which can join, promote or hinder. In such a system, it is very interesting to maneuver and strategize. During a long time of observation, you understand not only the architecture of space, but also the architecture of relationships between people, you begin to feel the mood and reaction of those for whom you do it, even if they do not yet know about it. By doing so, you can offer solutions that cause indirect effects on the environment and people in it. We created this project not only on the computers, but also directly on the spot, purifying, painting and constructing space; held long-term dialogues with volunteers and local people, who are not indifferent to their city, about opportunities, resources and the future as a whole. Designing online helps you feel better the important notes of space and processes that take place. While working on the project, we all organized the location subconsciously and formed it, not even thinking about its influence. We watched the space. This was manifested in wooden structures, the prototype of which were compiled letters OSB, where everyone was resting while working on space. Columns and metal structures, which were identified as rags, with the help of a can of paint and four lamps turned into special seats, which would still make one selff, and which may become symbols of this space. The children of 6-9 years old, who were sitting next to the morning after opening the skate park with old scooters and rollers, greeted us with joyful cries "Hurray! Open!".