The research focus of this presentation refers to reintroducing non-relational spaces (the collective space where no interactions take place, which does not suffer functional modifications due to its users, and also has the potential of receiving proposals to suggest a different relationship between space-architectureindividual) into the life of a city. How can a lost space be “conquered” again? I have attempted to apply a few elements that resulted from my research into an architecture project.
1. The recovery of non—relational spaces can be done solely by the individuals’ appropriation of this space. Its recovery does not transform the non-relational space into communal space but into a space where each individuals can find themselves again, a space for everybody and for each individual. The sociological research that has been done has revealed a number of the individuals’ needs. Their requests were dealt with not only statistically but also individually, due to the open-ended questions; thus, we manage to map the individual requests at city level. These individual requests have been grouped in multifunctional generic volumes, namley: large spaces (theatre, concerts, discoteques, etc.), medium spaces (exhibitions, book launching, film projections, etc) and small spaces for small group activities or individual activities (seminars, art clubs, etc). The result is a generic house that has to find itself a place in the city.
2. Non-relational spaces are border spaces, intermediary spaces among places that have a well-rounded function and identity. Their presence underlines the character of neighbouring places, and helps them to define themselves. Its „middleness” endows this place with meaningful richness and transforms it into a PLACE. The intermediary/middle space is a convergence place, a place of superposition of surfaces, textures, materialities/materials, behaviours. The approach to this kind of place should not oversee this richness of meanings. Therefore, the goal is not to create a new space, more or less delimited by the others, but rather assert its „middleness’ through connectivity. The site proposed for study is the most sensitive spot of the city of Falticeni, which is both a desintegrated and desintegrating space. This seems an ideal place for a recovery exercise because it is „sprinkled” with quite extended non-relational spaces. The strategy of organizing the square would involve a reintegration of the area into the city by: 1. Connecting some already existing greeneries on either side of the site; 2. Extending and lenghtening the walking area, the main spot of the city’s social interaction, and directing it towards the square with an aim to permanently activate it and to give the route a final destination 3. Ensuring a free transit across the site which would connect the two already created areas. Consequently, an integrating area, a relational space, is being created. The building is the result of combining the two directions. The ground will be deformed to accommodate the functions, but the connections are preserved. The image of the volume acts as an asnwer to the neighbouring places (street, square, park).