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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Active Edge – Landfill as autopoietic system in Grønmo, Norway by PlaC

January 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PlaC

In a world where design contaminates every possible field of technical knowledge and theoretical thinking, where we have reached such an advanced state of urbanity, landfills still represent an exceptional void of intentions. Active Edge is a radical strategy that specifically addresses the unitary dimension (spatial and biological) characterizing every landfill, retracing it in order to visualize and nurture its presence.

Active Edge

  • Architects: PlaC
  • Project: Active Edge – Landfill as autopoietic system
  • Location: Grønmo, Oslo, Norway
  • Type: Competition
  • Size: 52 ha
  • Client: Europan11 Norway
  • Status: Honorable Mention
  • Team: 2A+B (Ariolfo, Alessio, Bua) @

Active Edge

Active Edge understands such residual places as potential autopoietic systems: urban organisms able to constantly (re)produce their own components and relative network of processes. Active Edge focuses on the landfill’s border to generate a space of friction (denser exchange), which filters external energies (people, water, watts) through a self-contained and artificial landscape.

Active Edge

Active Edge programs the complex of liminal activities in terms of dichotomies: research/waste collection (west), leisure/water treatment (south), leisure/landscape (north and east). Active Edge moulds three inner landscapes to control planting and stormwater while implementing the use of the edge: cultivation-composting (west), education (baricenter), reforestation (east).


Active Edge is both programmatic cause and visible effect of recognizing the landfill as autopoietic machine sitting at the bottom of all our cities: it won’t be possible to ignore it, it would be absurd not to learn from it.

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