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The Future of Small Things

The Future of Small Things

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ManMade Environment erakusketa eta katalogoan aurki dezakegu testu hau.
Jörn
 Frenzel
da egilea.
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Jörn
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ln lcelund und ull over Lhe world, governmenLs ure frunLlcully looklng for
Lhe blg soluLlons Lo solve Lhelr flnunclul, economlc und ecologlcul
dllemmu. Llkewlse, Lhe µeoµle hoµe for Lhe blg sweeµ, Lhe one blg
move for chunge. However, whuL huµµens lf Lhe brlghL µrosµecL of
uLoµlu does noL come Lo flnd Lhem? Loes Lhelr lnLeresL ln u µurudlgm
shlfL wune uL Lhe sume ruLe us Lhe old sLuLus quo reLurns?
Could lL be, LhuL Lhe hlsLory of !"#$%&'( und blgness ls sLlll Lhere, buL Lhe
fuLure of smull Lhlngs hus ulreudy begun? 1he )("*()%*%$ µro|ecL
µrovldes some unswers wlLh u vlew Lo lcelund's blggesL vulue ÷ lLs
nuLure und lLs wuLer.
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12(/$ 3(#/4#- ln her essuy +,- .%"/0 120 !3(440 ",%*5! urchlLecL und urchlLecLurul hlsLorlun lrenee
SculberL wrlLes: °1he clLy of smull Lhlngs [...] ls un lnvlLuLlon Lo lmuglne sµuce noL us u
dlugrum buL us u concreLe enLlLy, Lo Lurn scule on lLs heud [...] °. 1hls sLuLemenL demunds u
hlgher regurd for deLull und comµlex µhenomenu us Lhe leglLlmuLe comµonenLs of our
communlLles ÷ wheLher rurul or urbun ÷ und Lo lmuglne Lhe myrlud of susLulnuble wuys ln
whlch Lhey cun (co)exlsL. lf one looks closely enough uL Lhls µlxeluLed und dlverslfled µlcLure
lL should become µosslble Lo muke ouL un lmuge close Lo nuLure lLself. lL ls never
dlugrummuLlc, lL ls conLexL drlven und surµrlslngly unlque. lL ls noL blg und clumsy, noL bullL
on uµµroxlmuLlons, ubsLrucLlons und sLuLlsLlcs. lL ls un lmuge mude of smull Lhlngs. 1he0
)("*()%*%$ lnlLluLlve glves fresh lmµeLus Lo u slmllurly mulLlfuceLed uµµrouch Lo Lhe nuLurul
weulLh of wuLer ln lcelund ln lLs muny forms und Lhe nuLlonul herlLuge of buLhlng und heulLh
reluLed wuLer wellness. SLurLlng from Lhe exµloruLlon, unulyses und muµµlng of exlsLlng
smull buLhs lL sLrlves Lo esLubllsh u versuLlle, orgunlc neLwork of lndeµendenL Lourlsm und
heulLh sµoLs, whlch ure self-sufflclenL und ure Lreudlng llghLly wlLhln Lhelr nuLurul
envlronmenL. Uslng Lhelr mulLl-dlsclµllnury buckground Lhe Leum wlll µrovlde hollsLlc ldeus
und sLruLegles golng beyond mere deslgn, lL comblnes soclo-economlcs, buslness models,
µubllc reluLlon, µhllosoµhy wlLh urchlLecLurul sLruLegles of µluce-muklng for uny µurLlculur
glven slLe. However, Lhe overull vlslon of u susLulnuble Wellness CounLry lcelund sLunds uL
Lhe cenLre of ull efforLs. 1he µro|ecL does noL sLrlve Lo hurness, exµlolL or exuggeruLe Lhe
vulue of wuLer und buLhlng Lo uchleve muxlmum, shorL-Lerm effecLs (us hus been Lhe cuse
for ulumlnlum smelLlng, uggresslve lnvesLmenL bunklng und Lhe llke). Much ruLher, lL uses
Lhe exlsLlng urchlLecLurul, nuLurul und soclo-economlc conLexL of well or lesser known
4(65($ ln order Lo µromoLe Lhe ldeus of conservuLlon und well-consldered lnLervenLlons uL
un uµµroµrluLe scule (und sµeed) und lnduces shorL, mld Lo long Lerm susLulnuble communul
develoµmenL. WhuL follows ls u shorL record und descrlµLlon of Lhe flrsL uchlevemenLs of
vuLnuvlnlr ln Lerms of urchlLecLurul µluce-muklng Lo duLe.
Lven before Lhe evenLs of lusL uuLumn, u shlfL of focus Look µluce ln muny µeoµle's
µerceµLlon of Lhe very vulues of whuL socleLy und, lndeed, Lhelr own llves should be bullL on.
Under Lhe µressure of Lhe µrevulllng economlcul hurdshlµ Lhese vulues now come Lo Lhe
fore: Lhe µerµeLuul economlc munLru of 7890 5$1:", suddenly does noL seem so ulmlghLy
unymore. 1he conceµL of unsusLulnuble, ull-consumlng ;%5*-!! ls fuced by lLs unLlµode ÷
susLulnuble, self-sufflclenL !3(44*-!! formlng µurL of u deLulled blgger µlcLure. 1hls
smullness Lhrlves on Lhe ferLlle ground of Lhe endless µosslblllLles und creuLlve efforLs
Lhrough whlch Lhese µurLlcles of socleLy cun be lnLerllnked, neLworked und develoµed.
8uL whuL does neLworklng meun for Lhe µro|ecL? WlLh Lhe formuLlon of common lnLeresL
ulllunces belng Lhe core of our efforLs, vuLnuvlnlr huve lnlLluLed flrsL sLeµs ln cooµeruLlon
wlLh locul buslnesses, uuLhorlLles und lnlLluLlves ln Lhe WesLf|ords Lo lmµlemenL u vlslon of
communul und self-lnduced ucLlon. lor u number of µluces drlven by churucLers LhuL ure
wllllng Lo shuµe Lhelr locul envlronmenL vuLnuvlnlr huve develoµed urchlLecLurul, murkeLlng
und buslness reluLed ldeus for u susLulnuble develoµmenL ln bulunce wlLh nuLure. WlLhln Lhe
conLexL of vuLnuvlnlr Lhe Lerm !6!"(%*(;%4%"/ does noL merely lnvolve generully ucceµLed
besL µrucLlce for energy efflclency, buL debuLes quesLlons ubouL Lhe quullLy of llfe, Lhe
necessury scule of µro|ecLs und Lhe concenLruLlon of resources by locul neLworklng. 1he
lndlvlduul µro|ecLs ÷ euch ln lLs own unlque wuy - wlll lnvolve Lhe lnLegruLlon of exlsLlng
buslnesses, Lhe use of locul resources, resµecL for urchlLecLurul und nuLurul conLexL und un
enLreµreneurlul sµlrlL drlven by Lhe ldeu of cooµeruLlon und muLuul suµµorL.
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On of Lhe blggesL concerns of Lhe µro|ecL ls Lhe µroLecLlon of Lhe nuLurul envlronmenL und u
susLulnuble develoµmenL of Lhe reglsLered locuLlons. One wuy Lo do Lhls ls Lhe decluruLlon
of so culled °hldden gemsº ÷ buLhs und lundscuµes, whlch should remuln unLouched und
LhuL should noL be udverLlsed or µubllshed Lo uvold Lhem belng sµollL by Lourlsm or
oLherwlse. AnoLher lmµorLunL µolnL ls Lhe conceµL of !3($"0$-!<1*!%)-0!%3<4%.%"/. 1here ls u
llLLle unecdoLe ubouL Lhe sLurL of Lhe WesLf|ords µro|ecLs: 1hls sµrlng durlng u workshoµ
wlLh one of Lhe µurLlclµunLs of Lhe vuLnuvlnlr WesLf|ords clusLer, Clsll ÷ co-owner of Lhe
hoLel und resLuurunL oµeruLlon ln Heydulur ÷ u µosslble brldge over Lhe rlver connecLlng Lhe
Heydulur furm µremlses wlLh Lhe old04(65 on Lhe oLher slde wus dlscussed. 1he dlscusslons
of µosslble urchlLecLurul soluLlons wenL on for Lwo hours. AfLer conslderuLlon of ull
µrevulllng nuLurul forces und economlcul clrcumsLunces lL wus declded *1"0Lo bulld u brldge
uL ull. lL wus ruLher declded Lo µuL heuvy rocks Lhere LhuL µeoµle cun |umµ one Lo Lhe oLher
Lo Lhe oLher slde. Clsll seL ouL Lo do Lhls rlghL uwuy ÷ und wlLhln u furLher Lwo hours Lo
crosslng hud become u reullLy. No doubL, Lhe rocks wlll be wushed uwuy by nexL sµrlng, buL
Lhen Clsll wlll slmµly µuL Lhem Lhere uguln. 1hls unecdoLe lllusLruLes Lwo lmµorLunL
conceµLs: one ls LhuL noL bulldlng or bulldlng very llLLle cun be envlronmenLully0 (*=
economlcully Lhe slmµler soluLlon. 1he second ls LhuL Clsll und hls moLher SLellu huve
declded Lo Luke one sLeµ uL Lhe Llme when lL comes Lo Lhe develoµmenL of Heydulur. 1hey
wunL Lo keeµ lL us u fumlly buslness und Lhey only muke susLulnuble declslons for Lhe fuLure
LhuL meeL Lhelr ucLuul needs Lhere und Lhen. Over Lhe yeurs, Lhls sLruLegy hus seen Lhelr
esLuLe grow lnLo u successful buslness wlLh fulrly slzed hoLel, resLuurunL, cumµlng und
buLlng fuclllLles LhuL could be culled susLulnuble ln Lhe Lrue sense of Lhe word.
As exµlulned ubove, Lhe ucLlons of vuLnuvlnlr ure governed by Lhe ldeu of u *-:0 !%3<4%.%"/.
1hls slmµllclLy lnvolves locully sourced, lnexµenslve und low-curbon runge of muLerluls und
recycllng of exlsLlng fubrlc. As descrlbed ubove, Lhe conceµL of !3($"0 $-!<1*!%)-0 !%3<4%.%"/
under µurLlculur clrcumsLunces could even meun LhuL *1"0;6%4=%*50("0(44 mlghL be Lhe beLLer
soluLlon. 1hls ulso meuns LhuL bulldlng forms Lhemselves und Lhe runge of Lechnologles und
muLerluls ure keµL slmµle Lo keeµ cosL low und derlve Lhe µro|ecLs´ comµlexlLy und hlgh
quullLy from Lhelr lnLerreluLlon wlLh Lhe oLher µurLs of Lhe µuzzle, Lhelr Lullor-mude
µrogrumme und hlgh uLLenLlon Lo deLull. ln Lhe cuse of Lhe WesLf|ords Lhe conLemµorury
uduµLlon of vernuculur bulldlng Lyµes such us slmµle corruguLed-meLul furmhouses, sLone
und Lurf houses und green houses hus been uµµlled. 1hls leuds Lo u wln-wln slLuuLlon:
smurL, hlgh-end soluLlons uL low cosL Lo Lhe cllenL und nuLure. Any ucLuul bulldlng ucLlvlLy
wlLhln Lhe µro|ecL wlll be µlunned und exumlned wlLh uLmosL cure Lo Lhe µurLlculur slLe, lLs
greuLer conLexL, communlLy, culLurul herlLuge und locul bulldlng meLhods und muLerluls. 1o
uchleve Lhls goul u mulLldlsclµllnury Leum of urchlLecLs, deslgners, µhllosoµhers,
communlcuLlon und buslness exµerLs wlll ucLuully helµ Lo =-2%*- Lhe brlef ln close
cooµeruLlon wlLh Lhe cllenLs. 1hls meuns, Lhe µrocess emµhuslzes Lhe deflnlLlon of Lhe Lusk
Lo sLurL wlLh. lrom Lhe musLer µlun Lo Lhe lusL deLull, cllenL und consulLunLs enguge ln u
µurLlclµuLory mode of cooµeruLlon LhuL ls qulLe dlfferenL Lo Lhe usuul work esµeclully of
urchlLecLs. Hence, Lhe lurge number of smull und mld-runge lnLervenLlons LhuL ure fulrly
slmµle ln nuLure Lhemselves wlll (over Llme) form u rlchly LexLured orgunlsm of greuL
comµlexlLy und flexlblllLy.
A furLher mode of susLulnuble oµeruLlon lnLroduced by vuLnuvlnlr ls Lo work wlLh Lhe lund
lLself und wlLh lLs herlLuge. Lcholng Lhe LrudlLlon of Lund ArLlsLs such us Andy ColdsworLhy
und Lhe beuuLy und clurlLy of nuLure lLself, muny µro|ecLs lncorµoruLe un uµµrouch Lo
enhunce, lnLegruLe or Lruce nuLurul feuLures wlLhln Lhe µrogrumme und deslgn of Lhe µluce
lLself. ArchlLecLurully, Lhls muy lnvolve smull funcLlonul lnLervenLlons such us µuLhs, wulls
wlLhln Lhe lundscuµe or exµresslon of deflnlng nuLurul feuLures. 1hus, nuLure wlll µluy Lhe
muln µurL und come Lo Lhe fore lnsLeud of belng hurnessed wlLhln Lhe conflnemenLs of Lhe
µro|ecL. WhuL else would be beLLer sulLed Lo µroLecL Lhe envlronmenL und µorLrulL Lhe
beuuLy of nuLure ÷ buL nuLure lLself?
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