Our visitors yesterday, Mårten Levenstam, Volvo, Owe Nilsson, Göteborg Stad and Åke Eriksson, Västlänken gave a discussion about the strategy of a design process. “If you want 20 000 people to agree upon a concept, you need a strong STORY.” Says Mårten Levenstam, Volvo, when speaking from his long experiance of design process. So, when designing for a complete city, how do we agree?
Åke Eriksson, manager of the Westlink project, argues that handeling projects of this size you must always come back to the core, the concept. Gothenburg, http://www.trafikverket.se/Privat/Projekt/Vastra-Gotaland/Vastlanken—smidigare-pendling-och-effektivare-trafik/Nyheter/2011-02/Nu-borjar-vi-projektera-Vastlanken–och-du-kan-vara-med/
Architects claim to be handeling huge and complex systems during a design. Still there is a big gap between the vision and the wallet! Architects must be trained to argue about economy regarding both measurable and non-measurable VALUES.
How do you calculate a the value of beautiful places and movements in the city? The question of where is the money going to come from is clearly answered by Filippa Karlsson in her project at Järntorget where a superstructure of hotels, housing, commercial and green spaces are directly connected to the station platform:
Bringing these aspects of STORYtelling and VALUES we go back to the studio working on the accessibility projects..