The project presents development of problematic areas into new commercial centre and start-up area. The question is how to maximize the use of barriers within certain area in order to neutralize their negative impact. How to drive what existing into new possibilities, of creating full product cycle and research&development aspects. In my thesis I tried to analyse both physical and mental barriers. The result was a design of a new centre for Chorzów.
Chorzów Batory, which can become a new social and economical zone, and can make positive asset for the city and Silesia. To use the flexibility of a place I have designed architecture that can be easily reorganised to occasional needs in order to become, for instance, a shopping centre or an expo. The new start-up centre improves the level of living in the area, increases possibility of incomes and contributes to future development.
The thesis begins with study on typology of barriers. Besides physical ones, that are striking people everyday’s habits, we find mental problems. Physical barriers are visual obstacles such as highway or restricted zone while mental barriers are problems in social life, economical base or access to information.
Studies are supported with good solutions from existing examples (like Highline in New York, Paradise Street in Liverpool, Bilbao Eff ect or future plans of Silesia) and general ideas (how to improve social activity, how to design without barriers).
Analysis showed me what kind of functions are missing in Chorzów, the city where I design. The city has only one city centre, far away from the district Batory which is neglected however relevant. Area of Steel Mill Batory made a perfect place to start defeating barriers such as limited access to different parts of city, lack of work places and social areas, demographic issues or poor economical condition. My methods are urban driven. It is because city barriers touches the city life – to design solutions we need to know a neighbourhood well.
Last part of this thesis presents my design. The idea is to create a local centre that makes a connection of historical values and technological innovations with possibility of trade. The design results in full-product cycle environment (research, prototype, production, testing, selling), new business centre and new social areas that are encouraging people to come or new work places. Existing Still Mill Batory, again fully in life, supports direction of tech development of the area.
Design uses existing forms of communication like train with trainstation included in the design, bus stops and tram stops. Functions are derived from the product circulation, containing facilities to work, sell, advertise, produce and use. First three are in the central area, while the production facilities are already adjacent, what can be used in supporting local businesses.
The new centre is situated on an old industrial zone which used to be a heart of Chorzów Batory and my design should also become this heart.