The Agora is a blueprint for a sustainable communal leisure and shopping zone developed for Malmöstad (the municipality of Malmö). The development process of the Agora relied on a service design methodology with an emphasis on fieldwork (including contextual inquiry, interviews and ‘design game’ work shops with local residents and architects).
In the Agora people can do their groceries, work out and bring their children to day care without having to worry about transportation. Groceries can be delivered or taken home on specially equipped rental bikes. To increase traffic safety the area is not directly accessible by car but instead provides an RFID-based bicycle rental service while car sharing facilities are available around the perimeter to further reduce peripheral traffic.
In ancient Greece Agoras (gathering places) played a central role in society. They were places were people would come together to trade, talk and be entertained. In a world which gets more decentralized day by day this design proposal highlights the qualities of such places and attempts to integrate them in the modern urbanized cityscape.
The AgoraCommunal Recreationand Shopping ZoneService Design
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