Within the context of urban densification, voids are precious resources that require careful planning integrating the multiple needs of citizens. In the same way as the built environment, voids, and more generally public spaces, are crucial components of urban quality. EVE seizes the opportunity to experiment with urban voids in the Fribourg conurbation as part of a research project by the TRANSFORM Institute. A temporary appropriation of urban voids in order to prefigure their future is an interesting tool to highlight the stakes of these spaces and to integrate the practices and opinions of users. We will occupy an urban wasteland with self-built interventions, seeking to reveal its potential and qualities as a public space.
The week will start with the surveying of an urban void as a demonstrative and founding performance. Interventions by actors and activists of public space will highlight the issues at the communal and cantonal levels. At the heart of the module’s applied pedagogy, the PopUp experimentation hall located on the site of the former Cardinal brewery will be used for the construction phase of the interventions that will then be installed on the site.