Location: Kortrijk, Belgium Date: December 2018 Area: 780m2 Function: Spatial installation Status: Built Collaborator: Future of Space, Jaenan Lim, Jasna Dimitrovska Sponsor: City of Kortrijk, UNESCO Creative City Organizer: Designregio Kortrijk
As many of post-industrial cities in Europe, the city of Kortrijk has been troubled with finding the way to utilizing inactive industrial heritages. Those great numbers of legacies are remained unused for decades after the flourish of textile production happened in the 20th century. The major problem the legacies facing are security concern and financial issue. FOS is designed as a spatial tool that inhabits inside the legacies to temporary activate them for the public while providing secured internal space. The ultimate goal of this project is to create immersive spatial experiences in every abandoned heritage in the region, thus the citizens start discovering the potential in the forgotten legacies. The project is done collaborating with Future of Kortrijk, Interaction Designer, Jasna Dimitrovska & Spatial Designer Jaenam Lim. Project is organized by Designregio Kortrijk, a member of the UNESCO Design City program.
The common problem of the abandoned industrial buildings from this region is mainly financial and security issues. FOS is designed with a low-cost material, scaffolding tarpaulin, which flexibility and durability allow those abandoned industrial spaces to be transformed and repurposed. 2700 square meters of scaffolding tarpaulin was sewn together to secure the interior space from any falling fragments from the old ceiling. The spatial tool is designed to be easily installed within one day by using multiple hoisting points that attach to the existing steel structure, which all inactive industrial buildings in the region have in common. The Vlaspark, where the building site is located in the municipality of Kuurne has played a crucial role in the Kortrijk region’s economy development, the production and trade in flax in the mid 19th century. However, with the shift in the economic model, architectural typology resulted in obsolete landscapes, infrastructures and buildings that were once of main importance are now residual spaces. The Vlaspark is a key example that represents abandoned nature or urban landscapes and there are many more locations that are facing this similar situation, awaiting a new future. FOS enables those inactive industrial buildings to be repurposed as a new public space. The ultimate goal of this project is to create immersive spatial experiences in every abandoned heritage in the region thus the citizens start discovering the potential in the forgotten legacies. This spatial system is open for any group of citizens and organisations to envision public activities and events. To demonstrate the transformation possibilities the team created a projection mapping installation by collaborating with Berlin-based artist Omar Elkammar.