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New centre for Kortephoja, Jyväskylä (FI)
by Freyke Hartemink, Jarrik Ouburg, Maciej Abramczyk

The project includes a new urban plan and addition of two mix-use housing blocks for a part of the modernistic neighbourhood called Kortephohja in Jyväskylä, a medium-sized town (135.000 inhabitants) centrally located in Finland.

The challenge of the project is how to create an attractive local centre whereby the physical buildings themselves form the catalyst for the social integration of different target groups as students, families and elderly people. Whereby communities become self–reliant and self–organising and whereby buildings form small villages in a network that we call the city.

We propose to invert the classic modernistic scheme of the original urban scheme. It is the public space that shapes the buildings in stead of the other way around.