¡Pónle Guinda!


¡Pónle Guinda!

¡Pónle Guinda! is a process of citizen and administrative cooperation in order to carry out a participatory diagnosis and agree on proposals for the transformation of the public space in an area of Guindalera neighborhood (Madrid), popularly known as Guindalera Vieja. The work process in Guindalera Vieja comprised three distinct phases: start-up, participation, and preliminary drafting phase.

During the first one, group meetings and interviews were held with municipal technicians and political representatives of the Madrid City Council (Salamanca District), as well as with a representation of the neighborhood’s associative network. 

During the second phase was held the urban and social analysis, fieldwork, and observation mapping of the public space along with the open workshops for every neighbour who wanted to participate. That phase closed with conclusion elaboration and its subsequent communication to all the people participating in these workshops. 

Finally, it was elaborated the drafting of the prioritized projects from the previous phases: the proposal of a sustainable mobility model for the neighbourhood; the establishment of a “toolbox” with general criteria for the design of Guindalera`s public spaces; and the drafting of two preliminary projects, corresponding to the Béjar street, and to the May 28 square and its surroundings. 

The decision-making was based on the experts’ knowledge arising from the fields of sociology, urbanism, and architecture as well as from the neighbours’ shared experiences who have been implicated in the participatory process. This process marked the guidelines for the subsequent redevelopment work of the neighbourhood.

Place

Madrid

[3,223,334 inhabitants]

Scale

Neighborhood

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Public space design

Duration

10 months [2017]

Promoter

Municipality of Madrid,

Salamanca District

 

Team

*estel (Arnau Boix, Mireia Peris,

Konstantina Chysostomou,

Soledad Viteri)

 

MonoD estudio, Urbanins,

Inés Novella

 

Collaborators

Neighbors and neighborhood

organizations in Guindalera

Presentation

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DSalamanca and DSalamanca

Naves do Metrosidero


Naves do Metrosidero

Naves do Metrosidero is a recently renovated municipal facility of A Coruña City Council. The intention of the Council of Participation and Democratic Innovation was to turn it into a resource for young people from all over the city, and to decide in a participative way, its uses and management. Thus, the cooperative process for the redaction of the Extended Project of Use and Management for the Naves do Metrosidero.

The basis for its redaction was a participatory process consisted of 8 open meetings for all citizens (particularly youngsters) and to which a committed representation of municipal officials was added. Likewise, the document includes the perspective of 36 educational centers of the city, from working sessions with the teaching staff and direct contributions from students. 

The conclusions of the work stated that the new Naves do Metrosidero should be a meeting place for A Coruña youth. A place of reference where young people can simply be, spend time, and carry out activities that actually do not have a place enabled or legitimized in the street, in the neighborhood, or in the city. In order for this to happen, youngsters, have the vocation (but not the obligation) of transforming these activities into projects individuals, collective’s or community’s, which can be deployed even beyond the premises of the Naves. 

Depending on the links that are created between the users and their “way of life”, the equipment will have a different way of working. Broadly speaking, each of the Naves is characterized according to its “state of being”: Naves 2, the solid-state (co-management spaces); Naves 3, the liquid state (programmable spaces, with scheduled activities); and Naves 4, the gaseous state (spaces for free use, without programming).

Place

A Coruña

[244,850 inhabitants]

Scale

Municipal

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duratio

10 months [2018]

Promoter

Municipality of A Coruña,

Department of Participation and

Democratic Innovation

 

Team

*estel (Arnau Boix, Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Alba Domínguez)

 

MonoD estudio, Verónica

Méndez 

 

Collaborators

Technical team of the Concello da

Coruña

People and entities attending 

Participatory

Meetings Teaching staff and

students participating in

Xuntanzas Escolares

Presentation

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Study

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Ayuntamiento de A Coruña

Rescuing the Rambles of Barcelona


Rescuing the Rambles of Barcelona

Les Rambles’ cooperative process was a proposal of the kmZero team that won the International Competition convened by the Barcelona City Council in 2017 to revitalize and remodel the Rambla de Barcelona. The aim is to return to the citizenry one of its historical and most symbolic axes in a cooperative way, so this transformation becomes, on the one hand, a global improvement of the city’s main urban space and on the other, a better experience for the people who live, visit and enjoy it. 

This process was developed as a cooperative work between technicians, citizens, and administration for the implementation of an urbanization and redesign proposal.  With this innovative methodology as such, the aim was to make Rambla a diverse, flexible, sustainable, inclusive, accessible, consistent, secure, smart, contextualized, and comfortable place to be. The project is an inheritance and relief from the work done previously by entities, neighbors, and administration. With this process, the various agents worked jointly in order to rethink Rambles and extend this debate throughout the city.

The process for defining the improvement actions for  “Les Rambles”, with its necessary physical and social interventions, proposed by the kmZERO team, is based on a diagnosis and agreed objectives between citizens, administration, and expert technicians. 

The document resulting from the cooperative work is composed of strategies set that accompany the redevelopment of Rambles, which will be carried out between 2020 and 2026. Once again, the main challenge will be to do it as a joint task amongst the city’s agents.

Place

Barcelona

[1,620,343 habitants]

Scale of the project

Public space

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Public space design

Duration

12 months [2017-2018]

Promoter

Muicipality of Barcelona,

Foment de Ciutat,

BIMSA

 

Team

UTE kmZERO: (AYESA –

Lola Domènech – Espinàs i

Tarrassó – Itziar González –

Arnau Boix)

 

Team kmZERO: Itziar Gonzàlez,

Arnau Boix, Lola Domènech,

Olga Tarrassó, Jordi Quiñonero,

Paul B. Preciado, Josep Selga,

Ole Thorson, Sergi Cutillas,

Ernest Cañada, Alberto Conesa,

Sebastià Ribot, Cristina Pedraza,

Julio Alcobendas, Esteve Boix,

Miquel Cañellas, Fernando Casal,

Konstantina Chrysostomou,

Pablo Cotarelo, Pablo Feu,

Iolanda Fresnillo, Nacho Guilera,

Gema Jover, Sira Llopart,

Eulàlia Miralles, Pere Mogas,

Jordi Parés, Daniel Pera,

Mireia Peris, Ignasi Querol,

Javier Rentero, David

Rodriguez, Francesc Sánchez,

Cristian Tapia, Anna Terricabras,

Carlos Utrillo, Javier Valencia,

Xavier Valls, Susanna Àlvarez,

Joan Escofet

 

Collaborators

Neighbors of Rambles de

Barcelona,

Agents and entities of

Barcelona

Presentation

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Premsa

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Website of the process

Municipality of Barcelona

Newspaper Públic

Gender-based urban planning handbook

Gender-based urban planning handbook

Gender-Based Urban Planning Handbook is a tool to be used in order to put in the center, people’s daily life and promote an inclusive urban model that can incorporate gender diversity, age, or origin, in favor of building a safe and without barriers equitable city. 

The support tasks for the realization of the handbook had, as a result, an understandable and easy-to-use tool. The *estel team gave its support on writing, interpretation, and representation of data, and publication’s layout design.

Place

Barcelona

[1,620,343 inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Municipal

Public space

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Duration

10 months [2018-2019]

Promoter

Barcelona Regional

 

Team

Ana Paricio (Authorship)

 

*estel (Alba Domínguez i

Ferrer, Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Arnau

Boix i Pla)

 

Collaborators

Municipality of Barcelona

Handbook

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Joan Miró square


Joan Miró square

The criteria that lead to the definition of the square are the result of a close collaborative work carried out by the *estel team with the municipal personnel and politicians, the neighborhood residents and the entities, and the city’s associations. It is, in fact, the joint decision of all these agents, the engine of its renovation and transformation into an open stage.

It is proposed the construction of some stands surrounding part of the square. This changes the directionality of the space, which can now be conceptually and materially extended to the adjacent section of Jacint Verdaguer street. The new layout varies the scene of the Dansa de la Batalla, an important Giants event held by the Festa Major, which is dignified by the renovation of the space, and organizes massive crowd increasing comfort and security of the event.

The challenge of hosting this annual event should not diminish the daily use by the neighbors of the square neither of the citizens nor the visitors of Montornès in general: it is, therefore, a public space that still works as an urban square. The proposal, however, modulates the intensity of its use as a play space to allow and enjoy a wider range of age groups. The new square reinforces its identity with a mural inspired by Joan Miró that renews the old one, with a reinterpretation designed, agreed, and carried out by the Venus local art association. The square thus reclaims the lost historical protagonism, consolidating itself as the end of the civic axis that will unite it with the square Pau Picasso.

Place

Montornès del Vallès

[16,263 inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Public space

Type of project

Citizen cooperation

Public space design

Duration

12  months [2014-2015]

Promoter

Muicipality of Montornès

del Vallès

 

Team

*estel  (Arnau Boix,  Mireia Peris,

Marc Deu, Ara Muñío,

Esteve Boix, Claudia Villazón)

 

Itziar Gonzàlez, Elena Guim, 

Antoni Elvira, Carmela Torró

 

Collaborated

Neighbors of Montornès

del Vallès,

Colla de Gegants de

Montornès,

Art Venus Association,

Neighbors of the Plaça

Joan Miró,

Sant Sadurní School,

AAVV Montornès Centre,

Centre of the study of

Montornès del Vallès,

Unió de Botiguers,

Bar Chucu-chucu

Presentation

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Study

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Mostra d’Arquitectura Catalana,

somMontorès

Integral action plan for the public spaces of Olesa

Integral action plan for the public spaces of Olesa

The municipal will to promote local employment has been the approach´s basis of this project, which has begun with a first analysis of the municipality’s public spaces network. The diagnosis of the identified public spaces has been carried out based on the observation of users’ activity, and the evaluation of the dynamics. 

The spaces of action identified as priorities were the neighborhood of Sant Bernat, the Plaça Dr. Fleming, and the connection between Rambla and Plaça de l’Estatut with Plaça de l’Oli. The specific proposals for the renovation of these public spaces were based on the Municipal Brigade’s technical capabilities and on the incorporation of people from Local Employment Plans.

In this way, urban improvements of a certain magnitude could be addressed in a short term, especially in the neighborhood of Sant Bernat, where Plaça Tercio Nostra Senyora has been revived, and its connections with the adjacent neighborhoods have been improved, in close collaboration with the Estel* team with Municipal Brigade team.

The rest of the priority proposals for the urban improvement have been subsequently developed by the technical services of the City Council, following the guidelines of the “Public spaces of Olesa” strategic document carried out by the Estel* team.

Place

Olesa de Montserrat

[23.779 inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Municipal

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Public space design

Duration

6 months [2015]

Promoter

Municipality of Olesa de 

Montserrat

 

Team

*estel (Arnau Boix, Mireia Peris,

Claudia Villazon, Marta Ferrer )

Presentation

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Study

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