ariana zilliacus

making degrowth locally meaningful / 2021

A series of five spatial interventions in the central shipyard in Torshavn, the Faroe Islands. It is one of the last and largest industrial areas in the urbanising city, with several different stakeholders and their visions for the future of the harbour. 

As they hold potential for conflict, they also hold potential for meetings and co-evolution of the city - including larger actors, such as the municipality and shipyard, as well as smaller ones such as grass-roots movements, folk high-schools, artists. 

1. An eating space 
An under-used storage space for the shipyad ︎︎︎ A local cafe, canteen for the shipyard workers, more efficient storage spaces for the shipyard, and an evening workshop space for the public. 

2. A passage 
A trespassing, potentially dangerous short-cut for pedestrians through the shipyard ︎︎︎ A turned staircase and covered passage to direct pedestrians away from crossing trucks and machines. 

3. A space for material innovation 
A messy space for trash containers ︎︎︎ More efficiently arranged trash sorting, to make space for a wool deposit during the sheep-slaughtering months that can be cleaned in bulk and used by local craftsmen. The wool is otherwise burned because of the effort of post-processing. 

4. A residency for shipyard workers and young creatives 
An under-used storage space for the shipyard ︎︎︎ a residency for local artists (some of whom already rent part of the same building from the shipyard to use as their studio), as well as students from the nearby creative folk high-school and maritime folk high-school. 

5. A public square 
A car-park ︎︎︎ a public square to invite the diversity of small initiatives hidden in the adjascent industrial buildings, outside. This includes a skate-board group, an indoor farm and an ice-cream shop. This area is also used for traditional whale hunting making it a familiar common space. 

inspired by the work of Ragnheiður Bogadóttir and Elisabeth Olsen this project was developed in conversation primarily with Beata Hemer, but also Elisabeth Olsen, Guðrið Poulsen, and Jóhan Martin Christiansen