The judges have selected three winning designs from the forty-nine entries. These projects will be interrogated and integrated within the wider research project,
The Intimate City.
Skopje is a city where the appropriation of spaces, from the Old Bazaar to the smaller markets in the city, is tangible. The selected works have adopted different postures regarding this characteristic of the built environment. They introduce: a minimal order for appropriation, welcoming individuality into a community table and the formal definition of a lawn.
All three of the shortlisted projects use temporary events to implant a strong identity of dining to the site, creating common ground in the city. Through simple elements, the projects reveal embedded social rituals and develop conversations around individuality and inclusivity.
By Boris Netsov and Despina Kaneva
Through a series of events, markets, community classes and communal experiences, the project explores a series of everyday narratives which are connected to dining: ingredients, preparing and communal eating.
The series of events creates a narrative in the site, working with the existing context to transition from public commerce to intimate dining areas; this scheme relies on community participation, sharing of social and cultural knowledge and common trust. As the public wander deeper into the courtyard, each new event creates a more intimate relationship with the collective participants.
Each event defines the space. With no permanent intervention, the events can grow and adapt to societies' needs. The project creates a conversation about the role of the architect concerning placemaking and management of public spaces.
Dining in the Urban
By SqW:Lab Vishwa Shroff, Rosanna van Mierlo,
Charlie Levine and Katsushi Goto
As you pass the courtyard, you see a public dining room: a mass of table and chairs. No one is there, yet you know what has taken place. A sea of voices, laughter and debates fills your imagination.
The project reveals how everyday rituals such as dining are embedded in everyday objects such as furniture. The project creates a temporary performative space; the tables and chairs are props for the act of dining to take place and the performance reveals diversity and knowledge. The conscious decision to design individual tables which together create a whole explores form and its role in creating an inclusive environment.
The garden of earthly delight
Chenhao Ma and Yutan Sun
The use of a formal platform invites the informality of picnicking to the site. The project is a catalyst for communal dining, using both temporary events such as markets and food trucks alongside a permanent platform which invites appropriation. Commercial food trucks and domestic dining blur the boundaries between public and private spaces, creating a common ground for both tourists and local residents to meet. The project speculates on the future use of the site; whilst the judges acknowledge the risk in overspeculating, the project acts as a protagonist to develop the discussion on the identity and longevity of both social and physical interventions.