Transforming Ca n’Altimira into a space for community innovation


Transforming Ca n’Altimira into a space for community innovation

How can we define new uses for a symbolic building respecting its history and its importance for citizens? How can we transform it into a pedagogical space where the social fabric is empowered, allowing us to speak for a new model of co-management of the municipal facilities?

The process of citizen participation for the definition of the new uses and the management model of the old municipal library of Cerdanyola del Vallès was an innovative and intergenerational project. During the process, were carried out, on the one hand, participatory actions (talks, table games, walks, 3d printing, …) and on the other the communication plan of the process (informative actions on public space, communicative image, exhibition, and installations regarding Ca n’Altimira’s history, and its participative process). 

The involvement of citizens during the collaborative analysis and diagnosis helped to detect the needs regarding spaces and activities and to structure a network of municipal facilities that could host them. Moreover, this co-production between administration and citizens helped to build a common story regarding the Functional Plan of  Ca n’Altimira. This Plan includes a program of uses (artistic, technological, social), the equipment’s management model, and the architectural criteria for the transformation and the proposed distribution of uses.

La renovació i revitalització de el camp de futbol abandonat del barri de Montornès Nord, un lloc ple de records per al veïnat, es va plantejar a partir d’una clara voluntat institucional respecte a criteris de sostenibilitat, i d’acord amb les necessitats i idees dels seus habitants. El projecte aborda els desajustos ambientals, de transport i econòmics de l’entorn, i redueix els problemes d’exclusió i segregació social. La planificació participativa del procés de treball va fomentar la multiperspectiva i va facilitar la presa de decisions des del punt de vista econòmic, ambiental i social: el reaprofitament urbà mitjançant la cooperació entre residents i administració en un escenari de transició energètica.

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Es van desenvolupar diverses eines per incorporar les necessitats dels habitants, desplegant-les a manera de procés conjunt d’aprenentatge basat en projectes. Espais per al diàleg intergeneracional i l’intercanvi de records i experiències, marxes exploratòries cap a l’antic camp de futbol, activitats lúdiques i jocs per a la incorporació de la perspectiva de joves i infants al projecte i sessions informatives amb experts en economia social i projectes esportius. Aquestes eines han facilitat una estreta i efectiva cooperació ciutadana i administrativa.

El resultat d’aquest procés és un avantprojecte de parc urbà multifuncional que incorpora diverses estratègies de desenvolupament policèntric del municipi: integració mediambiental, programació esportiva, equipaments per a manteniment i d’usos adaptables, espais escènics,…

L’estratègia participativa no acaba en la fase de planificació. La implicació dels habitants també durant l’execució del projecte i l’activació de el parc és un actiu demostrat en les cures de l’espai públic, ja que tota la comunitat es corresponsabilitza, se’ls apropia i els respecta molt més.

Place

Cerdanyola del Vallès

[57,740 inhabitants]

Scale

Public space

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

13 months [2016-2017]

Promoter

Barcelona Provincial Council

Municipality of Cerdanyola de

Vallès

 

Team

*estel (Arnau Boix,

Konstantina Chrysostomou,

Marc Deu, Soledad Viteri)

MonoD estudio

Urbanins

 

Collaborators

Non-associated citizens,

Collectives,

Entities and Associations

Presentation

Check the presentation at prezi

 

Study

Read the full report at issuu

 

Press

Read more about the project

in the digital newspaper

 Cerdanyola al dia

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From an abandoned football field to a new community park


Turning the football field of Montornes Nord into a community park

The renewal and revitalization of the abandoned football field of Montornes Nord, a place full of memories for the neighbors, aims to implement a sustainable urban strategy and bring new life to a degraded urban area, according to the needs and ideas of its residents. The project focuses on integrated solutions to improve environmental, transport, and economic mismatches with the surroundings, reduce issues of social exclusion and segregation, with the aim of strengthening social cohesion. It enables a comprehensive, participatory, and integrated attitude of all stakeholders, bringing together the expertise and experience of the actors involved. It supports the economical, environmental, and social use of public land and the transition towards the rational use of energy while encouraging the cooperation between residents and municipality. 

For this project, we have developed various tools for gathering information about the residents’ needs, as well as various methods of working with the residents through project-based learning. We have given them space for intergenerational dialogue and exchange of memories and experiences, a community walk to the old football field, playful activities, and games for the incorporation of youth and children’s perspective to the project and informative sessions with experts regarding social economy and sports. With these activities, we have established close cooperation between residents and municipal authorities, public services, and other important actors in the neighborhood and the municipality.

The result of this process is a preliminary masterplan for a multifunctional park that synthesizes the experience collected from the participants and suggestions of various polycentric development strategies to the municipality (social, economic, environmental, strategies of spatial planning, mobility, and infrastructure, etc.). 

Regarding the participatory approach, residents of different age groups participated in the planning and assumed active roles and responsibility for the development of the masterplan and the activation of the place. By engaging every generation in each phase of the process -not only during the co-design but also during the execution of the project and the activation of the park- already increases the sense of connectedness, leading to less vandalism of this public space. Various strategies have been proposed in order to make the space more attractive and used more frequently by the residents in the meantime increasing proudness and giving a positive attitude toward an improved quality of life in the neighborhood. 

The renewal and revitalisation of the abandoned football field of Montornes Nord, a place full of memories for the neighbours, aims to implement a sustainable urban strategy and bring new life to a degraded urban area, according to the needs and ideas of its residents. The project focuses on integrated solutions to improve environmental, transport and economic mismatches with the surroundings, reduce issues of social exclusion and segregation, with the aim of strengthening social cohesion. It enables a comprehensive, participatory and integrated attitude of all stakeholders, bringing together the expertise and experience of the actors involved. It supports the economical, environmental and social use of public land and the transition towards the rational use of energy while encouraging the cooperation between residents and municipality. 

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For this project, we have developed various tools for gathering information about the residents’ needs, as well as various methods of working with the residents through project-based learning. We have given them space for intergenerational dialogue and exchange of memories and experiences, a community walk to the old football field, playful activities, and games for the incorporation of youth and children’s perspective to the project and informative sessions with experts regarding social economy and sports. With these activities, we have established close cooperation between residents and municipal authorities, public services and other important actors in the neighbourhood and the municipality.

The result of this process is a preliminary masterplan for a multifunctional park that synthesizes the experience collected from the participants and suggestions of various polycentric development strategies to the municipality (social, economic, environmental, strategies of spatial planning, mobility, and infrastructure, etc.). 

Regarding the participatory approach, residents of different age groups participated in the planning and assumed active roles and responsibility for the development of the masterplan and the activation of the place. By engaging every generation in each phase of the process -not only during the co-design but also during the execution of the project and the activation of the park- already increases the sense of connectedness, leading to less vandalism of this public space. Various strategies have been proposed in order to make the space more attractive and used more frequently by the residents in the meantime increasing proudness and giving a positive attitude toward an improved quality of life in the neighbourhood. 

Place

Montornès del Vallès

[16,393 inhabitants]

Scale

Public space

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

7 months [2018-2019]

Promoters

Municipality of Montornès

del Vallès

 

Team

*estel (Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Alba

Domínguez, Marc Deu)

 

EKONA

 

Collaborators

Neighbors of Montornès

Nord,

Collectives, Entities and

Associations (environment,

local economy, health and

sports, community),

La Marinada School,

El Satèl·lit Youth Centre,

La Peixera

Presentation

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Press

Read more about the project at

Som Montornès

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Restructuring the Plaça Joan Ragué i Camps


Restructuring the Plaça Joan Ragué i Camps

The restructure of the Joan Rague I Camps square and its surroundings implemented a sustainable urban strategy that prioritizes people over cars and improved the quality of the public space, according to the needs and ideas of its residents. The project focused on integrated solutions to reduce mobility problems, issues of accessibility and weak public realm with the aim of strengthening the city’s identity and social cohesion. It enabled a comprehensive, participatory and integrated attitude of citizens, politicians, and administration, bringing together the expertise and experience of the actors involved. 

The project supports the implementation of sustainable urban strategies, offering citizens and relevant stakeholders a comprehensive, integrated, innovative and participatory approach to identifying the problems, challenges and opportunities with the goal of finding appropriate solutions for the renewal and revitalisation of urban space in line with the values and principles of a sustainable urban life: improving the quality of life for citizens, activating social life, stimulating economic growth and taking effective measures for reducing vehicle’s velocity in the city’s center. 

From the earliest stages of the project, intergeneration participation was essential. It involved interviews with entities, diagnosis walk, and in-situ activities for setting criteria and testing actions,  together with inhabitants. The process not only it helped to rethink and respect the environment and public space, introducing actions which guarantee universal accessibility, prioritization of people over cars and healthy social life, but it also set in motion a participatory dynamic, a future of dialogue and discussion to a participatory and responsible community.

The restructure of the Joan Rague I Camps square and its surroundings implemented a sustainable urban strategy that prioritizes people over cars and improved the quality of the public space, according to the needs and ideas of its residents. The project focused on integrated solutions to reduce mobility problems, issues of accessibility and weak public realm with the aim of strengthening the city’s identity and social cohesion. It enabled a comprehensive, participatory and integrated attitude of citizens, politicians, and administration, bringing together the expertise and experience of the actors involved. 

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The project supports the implementation of sustainable urban strategies, offering citizens and relevant stakeholders a comprehensive, integrated, innovative and participatory approach to identifying the problems, challenges and opportunities with the goal of finding appropriate solutions for the renewal and revitalisation of urban space in line with the values and principles of a sustainable urban life: improving the quality of life for citizens, activating social life, stimulating economic growth and taking effective measures for reducing vehicle’s velocity in the city’s center. 

From the earliest stages of the project, intergeneration participation was essential. It involved interviews with entities, diagnosis walk, and in-situ activities for setting criteria and testing actions,  together with inhabitants. The process not only it helped to rethink and respect the environment and public space, introducing actions which guarantee universal accessibility, prioritization of people over cars and healthy social life, but it also set in motion a participatory dynamic, a future of dialogue and discussion to a participatory and responsible community.

Place

Gualba

[1,481 inhabitants]

Scale

Public space

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

6 months [2018-2019]

Promoters

Municipality of Gualba

 

Team

*estel (Arnau Boix, Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Alba Domínguez,

Marc Deu)

 

Collaborators

Residents of Gualba,

Local entities (education,

economy, commerce, sports,

cultural, social)

Presentation

Check the presentation at prezi

Press

Read more about the project at 

Gualba Municipal Bulletin

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Qualitative analysis of Sants-Hostafrancs public realm


Study of Sants-Hostafrancs public realm

For the redaction of Uses Plan for the Sants-Hostafrancs triangle, *estel has executed a complementary territorial and social investigation in order to give arguments for the decision making. This research is part of the “Uses Plan Participatory process and Commercial Dynamization Plan” carried out by MonoDestudio.

The study is limited to an area of 33 hectares that includes part of the Sants and Hostafrancs neighborhoods of Barcelona. Within this area, however, there are places of variable scales: from small neighborhood squares to the city’s public spaces. All of them accommodate both foreseeable and unforeseen activities, completing the whole range of events in the urban public sphere.

For the realization of the study, an observation has been carried out for two days, one during a weekday and another one at the weekend in 5 different moments of the day (morning, midday, afternoon, night, midnight). That methodology aimed to unveil the patterns of the activities that are allocated to the study area in order to understand and explain the fundamental information regarding who is doing what and where within some parameters of established activities. 

Thus, amongst others, it has been identified and studied the network of public spaces and its anomalies, pedestrian mobility, activities that take place and safety perception. To better understand the main public spaces and its realm, a comparison between them has been done regarding social interaction, diversity of activities, amount of people, materiality and dynamics between private and public space. 

For the redaction of Uses Plan for the Sants-Hostafrancs triangle, *estel has executed a complementary territorial and social investigation in order to give arguments for the decision making. This research is part of the “Uses Plan Participatory process and Commercial Dynamization Plan” carried out by MonoDestudio.

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The study is limited to an area of 33 hectares that includes part of the Sants and Hostafrancs neighborhoods of Barcelona. Within this area, however, there are places of variable scales: from small neighborhood squares to the city’s public spaces. All of them accommodate both foreseeable and unforeseen activities, completing the whole range of events in the urban public sphere.

For the realization of the study, an observation has been carried out for two days, one during a weekday and another one at the weekend in 5 different moments of the day (morning, midday, afternoon, night, midnight). That methodology aimed to unveil the patterns of the activities that are allocated to the study area in order to understand and explain the fundamental information regarding who is doing what and where within some parameters of established activities. 

Thus, amongst others, it has been identified and studied the network of public spaces and its anomalies, pedestrian mobility, activities that take place and safety perception. To better understand the main public spaces and its realm, a comparison between them has been done regarding social interaction, diversity of activities, amount of people, materiality and dynamics between private and public space. 

Place

Barcelona

[1,620,343 inhabitants]

Scale

District

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen Cooperation

Duration

3 months[2016]

Promoters

Municipality of Barcelona

Sants District

 

Team

TESEU

 

*estel, MonoD estudio

 

Collaborators

Entities and neighbours of

Sants district 

Study

Read the full report at  issuu

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Transforming the old factory SATI into a community hub


Transforming the old factory SATI into a community hub

This project for the re-use of the abandoned industrial building SATI, overseen by the Barcelona Provincial Council and the Alpens town hall, encouraged participatory methodologies and social integration. The project is related to a building that has been part of the life of Alpens for more than 40 years. This container of experiences has become part of the landscape and the memories of the citizens who have worked there. The purpose was to rethink this place, set the criteria and define the new uses and management model.  

This project explored co-housing scenarios for elderly and artists, co-management of green spaces and a shared kitchen, adaptation of the traditional catalan “era” (threshing floor) into the present context and creation of co-working and learning spaces for everyone. From the earliest stages of the project, the intergenerational participation was essential. It involved workshops with children, interviews with entities and building games and defining spaces together with inhabitants. 

This participatory planning project is an example of an integrated approach to problem-solving regarding the adaptive reuse of industrial buildings in order to provide economic, cultural and social benefits to the community and regenerate the area in a sustainable way. Not only it helped to rethink and respect the environment and public space, but it also set in motion a participatory dynamic, a future of dialogue and discussion to an even more participatory and responsible community. 

This project for the re-use of the abandoned industrial building SATI, overseen by the Barcelona Provincial Council and the Alpens town hall, encouraged participatory methodologies and social integration. The project is related to a building that has been part of the life of Alpens for more than 40 years. This container of experiences has become part of the landscape and the memories of the citizens who have worked there. The purpose was to rethink this place, set the criteria and define the new uses and management model.  

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This project explored co-housing scenarios for elderly and artists, co-management of green spaces and a shared kitchen, adaptation of the traditional catalan “era” (threshing floor) into the present context and creation of co-working and learning spaces for everyone. From the earliest stages of the project, the intergenerational participation was essential. It involved workshops with children, interviews with entities and building games and defining spaces together with inhabitants. 

This participatory planning project is an example of an integrated approach to problem-solving regarding the adaptive reuse of industrial buildings in order to provide economic, cultural and social benefits to the community and regenerate the area in a sustainable way. Not only it helped to rethink and respect the environment and public space, but it also set in motion a participatory dynamic, a future of dialogue and discussion to an even more participatory and responsible community. 

Place

Alpens

[273 inhabitants]

Scale

Public space

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

5 months [2018]

Promoters

Barcelona Provincial Council

Alpens City Council

 

Team

*estel (Arnau Boix, Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Alba Domínguez,

Marc Deu)

 

MonoD estudio

 

Collaborators

Residents of Alpens, 

Educational community, 

Local entities (sports, cultural,

social)

Presentation

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¡Pónle Guinda!


¡Pónle Guinda!

¡Pónle Guinda! was 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 to every neighbor 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 sustainable mobility model for the neighborhood; 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 neighbors’ shared experience who have been implicated in the participatory process. This process marked the guidelines for the subsequent redevelopment work of the neighborhood.

¡Pónle Guinda! was 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.

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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 to every neighbor 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 sustainable mobility model for the neighborhood; 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 neighbors’ shared experience who have been implicated in the participatory process. This process marked the guidelines for the subsequent redevelopment work of the neighborhood.

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

Check the presentation at Prezi

Press

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DSalamanca and DSalamanca

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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 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).

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.

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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 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

Check the presentation at Prezi

Study

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Ayuntamiento de A Coruña

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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 so as 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 cooperatively 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 a strategies set that accompanies 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.

Les Rambles’ cooperative process was a proposal of the kmZero team that won the International Competition convened by the Barcelona City Council in 2017 so as 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 cooperatively 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. 

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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 a strategies set that accompanies 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

Check the presentation at Prezi

Premsa

Read more about the project at the

Website of the process

Municipality of Barcelona

Newspaper Públic

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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 the 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.

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.

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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 the 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

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Mostra d’Arquitectura Catalana,

somMontorès

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The Pine’s plaza

The Pine's Plaza

The project for the reformation of the square (plaça) del Pi at Benifairo de la Valldigna incorporated since the beginning the inhabitants, especially children. The square holds an important part at the village’s entrance, creating a “bridge” between nursery and primary school and hosting el “Pi redó”, an emblematic tree which during the years turned into a meeting place -physical and symbolic- for every inhabitant. 

Initially, collaborative work took place including agents related to the project so to identify the main deficiencies of the space and define strategic lines for the future project. Once agreed, these ideas were specified progressively in order to create an urban design project. 

During the process, various participative techniques were used: from group interviews with the city’s technical-political team and with professionals linked to the school, to workshops with children, recording of memories regarding Pí redó and its surroundings and open sessions in the public space with inhabitants. 

The proposal redefines the mobility circulation at the entrance and exit of the village, eliminates part of the parking space that is underused so that a large number of square meters are freed up creating spaces of quality to pass time and play both for adults and children. 

The project for the reformation of the square (plaça) del Pi at Benifairo de la Valldigna incorporated since the beginning the inhabitants, especially children. The square holds an important part at the village’s entrance, creating a “bridge” between nursery and primary school and hosting el “Pi redó”, an emblematic tree which during the years turned into a meeting place -physical and symbolic- for every inhabitant. 

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Initially, collaborative work took place including agents related to the project so to identify the main deficiencies of the space and define strategic lines for the future project. Once agreed, these ideas were specified progressively in order to create an urban design project. 

During the process, various participative techniques were used: from group interviews with the city’s technical-political team and with professionals linked to the school, to workshops with children, recording of memories regarding Pí redó and its surroundings and open sessions in the public space with inhabitants. 

The proposal redefines the mobility circulation at the entrance and exit of the village, eliminates part of the parking space that is underused so that a large number of square meters are freed up creating spaces of quality to pass time and play both for adults and children. 

Place

Benifairó de la Valldigna

[1,580 inhabitants]

Scale

Public space

Type of project

Urban strategies

Citizen cooperation

Public space design

Duration

Collaborative Diagnosis:

6 months [2017]

 

Urban design project:

3 months [2017]

 

Site management:

3 months [2018]

Promoter

Muicipality of Benifairó de

la Valldigna

 

Team

*estel  (Arnau Boix, Marc Deu,

Konstantina Chrysostomou)

 

Monodestudio, Urbanins,

Siete arquitectura más

ingeniería s.l.

 

Collaborated

Neighbors of  Benifairó de la

Valldigna,

Children and educational team

of James II el Just primary

school

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