Confluence in Valencia’s Central Market


Confluence in Valencia's Central Market

The proposal Confluència was the winner of the competition organized by the Generalitat Valenciana in order to remodel Bruges square and other public spaces around the Central Market of the city of Valencia. The project, led by the architects Elisabet Quintana and Blanca Peñín, opted for a transdisciplinary and participatory approach, with the firm intention of facilitating the creation of a space of coexistence around this commercial node, the Central Market, which is a historical symbol and a landmark for the inhabitants and visitors of Valencia.

The conception of public space as a natural extension of the Market itself, and vice versa, respects and reinforces the social, cultural and commercial dynamics of the urban environment. The final proposal addresses the neighborhoods’ socio-territorial circumstances not only through urban design but also through social strategies so to visualize the different human realities that englobe an important social building such as a public market. These strategies range from proposals for neighborhood programming to public spaces that strengthen human connectivity with the Velluters neighborhood, to measures for reversing the gentrification process in Valencia in general, and the Ciutat Vella district in particular.

The  Confluència’s team transdisciplinary context has allowed the incorporation of diverse perspectives throughout the process of reflection, proposal, and writing, which include considerations on governance, citizen participation, and gender.

The redevelopment is expected to begin in 2020.

The proposal Confluència was the winner of the competition organized by the Generalitat Valenciana in order to remodel Bruges square and other public spaces around the Central Market of the city of Valencia. The project, led by the architects Elisabet Quintana and Blanca Peñín, opted for a transdisciplinary and participatory approach, with the firm intention of facilitating the creation of a space of coexistence around this commercial node, the Central Market, which is a historical symbol and a landmark for the inhabitants and visitors of Valencia.

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The conception of public space as a natural extension of the Market itself, and vice versa, respects and reinforces the social, cultural and commercial dynamics of the urban environment. The final proposal addresses the neighborhoods’ socio-territorial circumstances not only through urban design but also through social strategies so to visualize the different human realities that englobe an important social building such as a public market. These strategies range from proposals for neighborhood programming to public spaces that strengthen human connectivity with the Velluters neighborhood, to measures for reversing the gentrification process in Valencia in general, and the Ciutat Vella district in particular.

The  Confluència’s team transdisciplinary context has allowed the incorporation of diverse perspectives throughout the process of reflection, proposal, and writing, which include considerations on governance, citizen participation, and gender.

The redevelopment is expected to begin in 2020.

Place

Valencia

[794 288 inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Municipal

Public space

Tipus de projecte

Estratègies urbanes

Disseny d’espai públic

Duration

6 months [2018]

Promoter

Generalitat Valenciana,

Municipality of Valencia

 

Team

UTE Quintana-Peñín  (Elisabet

Quintana i Blanca Peñín)

Equip transdisciplinar: Peñín

arquitectes, Espinàs i Tarrassó,

*estel, monoDestudio, Inés

Novella, Planifica Urbanismo y

Gestión, Enrique Giménez, Joan

Seguí, María Pedro Ferrer

 

Collaborators

Local entities and associations

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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

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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

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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

Presentation

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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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Plaza Lluís Companys

Plaza Lluís Companys

The square (plaza) Lluís Companys and its surroundings are part of the interstitial spaces network of the multifamily housing blocks of Montornès Nord neighborhood, a residential area that dates from the ’60s.

The project takes place in an area currently occupied by a car park, optimizing its distribution and recovering public space for the neighbors. The main strategy is to give continuity to the existing green zone through native vegetation, boosting in this way, the biodiversity of the environment. In addition, the square is equipped with urban furniture so to increase the quality of comfort both in the areas of stay, play, and picnic.

In addition, the project puts special emphasis on improving the accessibility and connectivity of this space with street Llibertat and the rest of adjacent spaces, because due to the marked topography there are currently several areas where the can be found blind spaces or from where it is difficult to reach there on foot.

The square (plaza) Lluís Companys and its surroundings are part of the interstitial spaces network of the multifamily housing blocks of Montornès Nord neighborhood, a residential area that dates from the ’60s.

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The project takes place in an area currently occupied by a car park, optimizing its distribution and recovering public space for the neighbors. The main strategy is to give continuity to the existing green zone through native vegetation, boosting in this way, the biodiversity of the environment. In addition, the square is equipped with urban furniture so to increase the quality of comfort both in the areas of stay, play, and picnic.

In addition, the project puts special emphasis on improving the accessibility and connectivity of this space with street Llibertat and the rest of adjacent spaces, because due to the marked topography there are currently several areas where the can be found blind spaces or from where it is difficult to reach there on foot.

Place

Montornès del Vallès

[16,263  inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Public space

Type of project

Public space design

Duration

3 months [2018]

Promoter

Muicipality of Montornès

del Vallès

 

Team

*estel  (Arnau Boix, Marc Deu,

Alba Domínguez, Konstantina 

Chrysostomou)

 

Alarona Tècnicse

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Revitalising Montornès Nord neighborhood

Revitalising Montornès Nord neighborhood

Pla de Barris in 2010, carried out in Montornès Nord a diagnosis of public spaces system identifying those who needed an improvement intervention; the “Pergola” square and the street “Llibertat”. In addition to these, the neighbors reclaimed the improvement of two more spaces; the street “9 d’Abril” and the square of “Pergola”. Based on that identification of those four spaces, the municipality charged Estel* to run the improvement processes. 

Initially, the strategies for neighbors’ implication were designed so to realize a collaborative analysis and diagnosis of these spaces. Meetings with citizens (direct participation) and observation (indirect participation) were carried out to establish a direct communication channel with the residents and learn the daily dynamics of the area. 

Regarding the proposal phase, the process has been developed in a way to be adapted in the conclusions of the diagnosis. Specifically, three of these projects attached to the street “Llibertat” were grouped into one. The fourth space was tackled with an independent process which suited better the needs of the environment. 

In parallel to the process of defining improvement strategies for the selected areas, it has been worked the administrative dynamics through interviews with council personnel so to analyze the policies of the different departments regarding public spaces.

Place

Montornès del Vallès

[16,263 inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Neighborhood

Type of project

Citizen cooperation 

Public space design

Duration

6 months (2015)

Promoter

Muicipality of Montornès

del Vallès

 

Team

*estel (Arnau Boix,

Mireia Peris, Ara Muñío,

Esteve Boix, Marc Deu)

Itziar González, Arquect

 

Collaborated

Neighbors of Montornès

Nord

Entities and associations

(culture, economy,

education)

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Ajuntament – Seu electrònica

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Plaza Maresme

Plaza Maresme

The project approaches the Maresme Square (Plaça Maresme) and its surroundings with an integrated way through a complex project that goes from collaborative diagnosis to executive re-design project and site management.

The project was a municipal initiative to embrace the social dynamics that were already taking place in Plaça Maresme, as a meeting point for both residents of the neighborhood and users of the sports facilities attached to the public space. 

Socio-territorial studies and masterplan held a significant participatory deployment that included neighbors, neighborhood organizations and associations and children from both nearby schools and Municipal Children’s council. As a result of the analysis of the urban dynamics that were taking place and the dialogue between the various agents involved, it established the strategic lines of the project from which, on the one hand, it was drafted the urban planning project and on the other hand it promoted a series of measures to improve coexistence and citizen empowerment.

The redesign of the square highlights the value of the adjoining buildings, dignifies their accesses, improves their between connection and enhances active mobility through the pedestrianization of the square’s street. This gesture defines a new axis that crosses the area and that apart from acting as a space of passing by or passing time, organizes the rest of the surrounding ambits that fit into the natural topography of the site, eliminating the containment walls and stairs that before structured watertight levels. 

Among the different uses which are taking place, there is a programmable outdoor scene and various play areas understood as growth and learning spaces. From the landscape point of view, the project uses a combination of bush vegetation and native clinker, a move that helps to delimit the different environments but at the same time helps to keep up a certain perceptual connection among them, with trees that provide shade and improve the quality of comfort for the users.  

The selected plant species help to increase significantly the biodiversity of the environment giving continuity to the strategy already initiated by the municipal government.

Place

Premià de Mar

[28,071  inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Neighborhood

Public space

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Public space design

Duration

Collaborative Diagnosis:

6 months [2016]

 

Urban planning  project

6 months [2017]

 

Site management

6 mesos [2018]

Promoter

Barcelona Provincial Council, 

City Hall of Premià de Mar

 

Team

*estel (Arnau Boix, Alba

Domínguez, Marc Deu )

 

MonoDestudio, Laia Vilaubí,

Pere Santos, Ingenieros

asociados SA, Roger

Bancells, Alarona Tècnics

 

Collaborated

Neighbors of Premià,

Local entities and

associations,

Municipal Children’s Council

of Premià de Mar

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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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