UNIVERCITY AALBORG

Name of project: UniverCity
Assignment: Workshop, UniverCity Performative Architecture - The City as a Learning Lab
Type: Masterplanning
Client: Aalborg University
Size: 10.000 m2
Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Year: 2008
Status: -
Collaborators: Rockwellgroup, New York
Team: Marc Jay, Julie Schmidt-Nielsen


PROJECT DESCRIPTION
In August 2008 WE conducted an international workshop for students and architects. The traditional image of Aalborg as an industrial centre is disappearing and the city is undergoing a fundamental change. Aalborg’s future growth will depend on its ability to re-define itself based on new attractors. 

The University of Aalborg could emerge as the key to Aalborg’s re-development, establishing the city as a global cultural & knowledge based economy. The current University of Aalborg is located 5 kilometers outside of the city centre, disconnecting it from the city fabric. Rather than the University of Aalborg observing the city from the outside, the city could become a frame for learning.

By merging University and City, the possibility for greater interaction between culture, industry and learning arises. Two currently separate institutions could integrate to maximize their potential:
- Generating ‘The Creative City’, by focusing on pluralism and new public domains, leaving room for improvisation and learning. Increasing city revenue and social interaction based on shared programming.
- A broader, more diverse University base to attract foreign and domestic knowledge with direct interaction between business and education programs generating a new paradigm shift in educational thinking.