Participatory process to expand the inventory of the cultural heritage of Terrassa

Participatory process to expand the inventory of the cultural heritage of Terrassa

The Participatory Process associated with the Advance of the specific Modification of the POUM to expand the inventory of assets of Cultural Heritage of Terrassa, has been carried out between September 2021 and January 2022. Highlight the city’s heritage of the city, and elaborate on a proposal of regulation that has the citizen’s knowledge that has opened this space of participation in an initial phase of the urban processing.

Terrassa is a city with remarkable heritage value. Noteworthy examples include: (1) the monumental ensemble of the Cathedral of Ègara which was founded in the middle of the 5th century with the Romanesque churches of Sant Pere and Santa Maria, (2) the Gothic altarpieces of the 15th century, (3) the Carthusian Castle of Vallparadís which is originally from the 12th century and was converted into a Carthusian monastery in the 14th and 15th centuries, and (4) the cloister of the Convent of Sant Francesc from the 17th century.

With the Catalan industrial revolution, Terrassa became a major center of the textile sector in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Factories, warehouses, and residential buildings are concentrated in the city during the period of Modernism, with such remarkable examples as Masia Freixa and Casa Alegre de Sagrera.

For the citizens of Terrassa, the patrimonial elements become elements of identity. It is an active citizenry concerned with conserving and preserving these assets that are relics of the familiar past and translate into citizen pride. The link is based on associations of residents interested in heritage, which have the support and advice of entities such as the Heritage Board and the Center for Historical Studies of Terrassa. Terrassa City Council gives them a voice to express their opinions and assessments in expanding the inventory of Terrassa’s Cultural Heritage assets. In short, a review and group reflection to continue guarding the heritage with the best possible conditions in a correlative legacy from past to future.

The objectives from which the participatory process is set are:

  • Facilitate the dissemination and understanding of the progress document of the MPOUM, and the background linked to the regulation of the Cultural Heritage of Terrassa.
  • Achieve a higher quality plan/project: Collect different perspectives and proposals on the elements to be regulated and the criteria to be considered.
  • Weave new relationships and improve governance with the affected agents of the territory, to facilitate their management and monitoring during the participatory process and the following stages of urban planning.

Place

Terrassa 

[218,535 inhabitants]

Scale

Municipal

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

8 months [2021-2022]

Promoter

Municipality of Terrassa

 

Team

*estel (Marc Deu i Ferrer,

Konstantina Chrysostomou,

Arnau Boix i Pla, Alba

Dominguez Ferrer),

Fàtima López Pérez,

Pablo Tardio

 

Collaborators

Neighbors of Terrassa

Press

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Participatory process for the Master Plan of the Vapor Albinyana’s suroundings


Participatory process for the Master Plan of the Vapor Albinyana’s suroundings

The participatory process of this project is part of the drafting of the document “Master Plan of the Vapor Albinyana’s surroundings: Diagnosis and development strategies.” 

The document serves to make a careful diagnosis of the problems within the area as a preliminary step to raise a set of proposals to be used in public and private areas, which dynamizes and prevents the loss of heritage values.

The objectives of the participatory process are:

  • Disseminate technical work concerning the Master Plan
  • Facilitate the collection of citizen contributions to complement the technical work carried out in recent months and promote collective reflection by incorporating the neighborhood’s vision.
  • Facilitate the follow-up of the process of this strategic document once the participatory process is completed

The team (Jordi Peralta Fernández + *estel)  proposes a holistic and experiential study approach. Create territorial reading at all scales by observing everyday life and the interrelationships it establishes in the neighborhood’s ecosystem. The methodology of the process intrinsically includes all the lines of work involved in the 2030 Agenda in its social, physical, environmental, and economic dimensions and its objectives to enrich this technical vision with citizen perception and aspiration. The work process organizes different participatory formats that are transdisciplinary and transparent.

This process aims to combine the awakening of the environment’s capabilities to respond to the needs detected with the perspectives and knowledge of technicians and citizens. Through their respective direct or indirect involvement in the work process, people of any age, condition, and situation have participated in the process.

The team put activities together to gain a greater understanding of the context. These organized activities included in-situ observations, preliminary conversations with crucial actors in the territory, a survey, two participatory sessions, and a return session to the citizens, the technical, and the political team of the Municipality of Terrassa and the Diputació de Barcelona.

Place

Terrassa

[218,535 inhabitants]

Scale

District

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

11 months [2021-2022]

Promoter

Diputació de Barcelona

Municipality of Terrassa

 

Team

Jordi Peralta Fernández

*estel (Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Arnau Boix i

Pla, Marc Deu i Ferrer,

Alba Dominguez Ferrer)

 

Collaborators

Neighbors of Terrassa

Associations of Terrassa

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Socio-territorial analysis in the Study of Urban Landscape of the Tres Turons


Socio-territorial analysis in the Study of Urban Landscape of the Tres Turons

The Tres Turons area is a unique area between the city and the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park where highly impressive environmental and landscape conditions give attention to a profound review of the structure and quality of the urban landscape.

In this complex space, the Urban Landscape of the districts of Horta Guinardó, Gràcia, and Eixample, paired with a high variable of social, cultural, leisure, and economic dynamics, has evolved according to very different patterns and conditioning factors. Buildings and urbanized spaces are structured around the Turons with sizes and densities that condition the quality of the urban landscape, inevitably marked by the topographical relief. Topography, in fact, is the structuring system of the area that conditions environmental and landscape variables at the same time.

The study is divided into 5 large chapters (Study of historical evolution, Eco-environmental diagnosis, Relevant aspects of the urban landscape, Social structure and services, Human Landscape: everyday life). These chapters are linked to each other, emphasizing the multiple interactions between ecology and landscape. Human, economic and social dynamics converge coherently in a comprehensive transformation strategy to improve the quality of the Tres Turons landscape as a whole.

In this case, *estel was part of a very large team of professionals and focused on the socio-territorial study, intending to analyze the human landscape and the daily dynamics of the neighborhoods. The goal of the project was to understand how people relate to the territory as well as to each other.

In order to understand this complexity of administrative and social structuring in a territorial area of ​​these dimensions (7 neighbourhoods), a cycle of debates has been carried out with representative agents of the neighbourhood. These debates have been complemented with various observation sessions of the public space. As a result, it was possible to report information regarding the identity of the Three Turons. The project was able to ask questions such as: what is the identity of the field, what is the approach to the perceptual field as it relates to the unions and perceptive borders, what are the structuring elements and generators of daily life, and what is the perception of comfort, autonomy and safety in public space.

Place

Barcelona

[1,620,343 inhabitants]

Scale

District

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

6 months [2021-2022]

Promoter

Municipality of Barcelona;

Institut del Paisatge Urbà

(Urban Landscape Institute)

 

Team

B2B Arquitectes (Jordi

Bellmunt, Agata Buscemi)

Irbis,

*estel (Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Marc Deu,

Arnau Boix i Pla, Alba

Dominguez Ferrer),

Fàtima López, Montserrat

Mercadé, Veclus S.L.

 

Collaborators

Technicians of the

neighborhoods:

Vallcarca i els Penitents, la

Salut, la Teixonera, La Font

d’en Fargues, el Guinardó, Can

Baró, el Coll, el Carmel

Neighborhood associations

and groups:

Vallcarca i els Penitents, la

Salut, la Teixonera, La Font

d’en Fargues, el Guinardó, Can

Baró, el Coll, el Carmel

Action strategy for Villena’s public space


Action strategy for Villena's public space

The Action Strategy for the public space of San Francisco neighborhood is proposed in parallel to the social improvements described in the Community Plan. It has the aim that the actions that are described in it have a comprehensive and holistic nature, understanding and addressing the urban environments as ecosystems, where all the parts that consisted of them are interconnected. 

In this sense, the proposals are organized as a “masterplan”, and they attend to address all these variables, collecting the complexity of an environment like this. Ultimately, the objective is to increase the quality of life of the people who live here, improving the conditions of their physical space, especially in public environments and community spaces, facilitating everyday life and each action linked to the reproductive tasks, often forgotten by traditional urban planning.

Another of the project’s main objectives is to improve the neighbourhood’s connections, both internal and external, favouring better and more direct relations with the rest of the municipality and the surrounding territory. It is of special relevance to rethink the networks associated with mobility (vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians …), and the rest of the networks and connections, related to green networks, public services.

Action strategy for the public space

The action strategy described below aims to address numerous variables that must be developed in parallel and over time, but without forgetting the overall idea, which guarantees coherence between all of them and allows the ability to generate synergies between them.

By way of summary, we can affirm that the main intention of the project is to deploy a new urban structure, based on concrete actions, that allows to reinforce the everyday life of the neighbours, improving the living conditions of their neihgborhood’s public spaces and streets, as well as of the community buildings that comprise it.

All these wills are specified in these seven points described below:

 

  1. Pacification of the Old Market Square.

Transform the Market Square into an active and multifunctional space, designed to attract events and diverse uses throughout the year, while improving both living and passing spaces. Its centrality, as well as the diversity of uses of the environment, invites people from different groups to use these spaces. In addition, at the mobility level, it is proposed to prohibit the passage of vehicles at this point, showing that the dominant use is that of people, preventing cars from using this axis to cross the neighbourhood in a longitudinal direction.

  1. Tackle the hierarchy of the road network as “superblocks”.

The San Francisco neighbourhood has the right conditions, so to apply principles similar to those known as “superblocks”. A “superblock” is a larger urban organization unit than a traditional island that provides solutions to the main mobility-related dysfunctions while improving the availability and quality of space for pedestrians. The aim of this strategy is to establish a new hierarchy of the road network, differentiating the passage of vehicles and the pedestrian priority axes.

  1. Definition of Avenue de la Primavera as the main civic axis.

Transform Avenue de la Primavera into the main civic axis of the neighborhood, turning the space of the old Market into a pedestrian area and thus breaking the longitudinality of the axis. In this way, this axis offers a large continuous, and quality surface, which invites you to play informally, ride a bike, and pass time. This street takes on a great relevance in the new identity of the neighborhood, so apart from the architectural proposal, It is proposed to do some kind of artistic intervention on the facades.

  1. Improved connection with the natural environment.

It is proposed to re-connect the neighborhood with its natural environment, by connecting the pedestrian spaces with the main ecological corridors of the mountains. In this way, it is possible to treat the natural landscape as a bigger public space for the people of the neighborhood, structured around the network of natural paths, which, as well as routes, are also meeting points for residents.

  1. Improvement of the continuity of the public space

Connect the interior spaces of the neighborhood with quality pedestrian spaces, with platform streets designed mainly for pedestrians and bicycles, vegetation, play spaces, and activities.

  1. Optimize the connection with the centre of Villena

Update and improve communications with Villena’s center, implementing accessible and comfortable itineraries for bicycles and pedestrians that allow residents to move more comfortably, but also invite people from other neighborhoods to visit San Francisco neighborhood.

  1. Transform the interior spaces of the islands into community “gardens”

It is proposed to convert some interior spaces of the blocks into living spaces, which can act almost as extensions of the houses, with native vegetation, play spaces, and urban furniture that facilitate socialization. It is of main importance that the architectural proposal of each one of these patios recognizes the differences between them, depending on their location, their preexistence, or the neighbours who live nearby. In this way, each community will be allowed to have its own identity, favouring the feeling of belonging to an environment and a community.

Place

Villena, San Fransisco

neighborhood

[33,983  inhabitants]

Scale

Neighborhood

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Duration

5 months [2021]

Promoter

Municipality of Villena

 

Team

Coordination of the Strategic Plan: 

monoDestudio

 

Strategies for Actions in public space

and Preliminary Project for Primavera Street:

 *estel (Konstantina Chrysostomou,

Marc Deu i Ferrer, Alba Dominguez

Ferrer, Arnau Boix i Pla)

Executive project for the implementation of a bike lane


Executive project for the implementation of a bike lane

The project begins with the aim of continuing with “Camins Escolars” (School Pathways) that had recently been carried out with the participation of the Riera de Ribes School, amongst others. The proposal therefore includes the will of a very significant part of the local community to improve the conditions of the Avenue “11 de Setembre” and the street “Passeig de la Circumval·lació”. Those two urban axes have a significant importance since they connect the neighborhood with the old town, and various community facilities (Primary and Community Care Center, Sports Centre, School).

The proposal is based on reversing the current situation where the car is the main protagonist of the space, giving this role to pedestrians and people who ride both bicycles and scooters. The implementation of a bike lane and the improvement of the current sidewalks, both in terms of accessibility and comfort, are the main objectives that have been pursued. In this line, a commitment has been made to implement a variety of vegetation, in order to increase the level of soil permeability and enrich the biodiversity of the neighbourhood, while improving the perceptual experience of the citizens who makes these itineraries every day.

Place

Sant Pere de Ribes 

[30.658 inhabitants]

Scale

Public space

Type of project

Public space design

Duration

10 months [2020]

Promoter

Municipality of Sant Pere

de Ribes

 

Team

*estel (Marc Deu Ferrer,

Arnau Boix i Pla, Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Alba

Domínguez Ferrer)

 

Toni Elvira

Gustau Farell

Meeting Space, La Rectoria


Meeting Space, La Rectoria

The participatory process has been carried out with the main objective of deciding the transformation of La Rectoria into a reference facility at the municipal level and to propose executive criteria for the definition of uses and management model of the building. These criteria are based, fundamentally, on the conclusions generated from the realization of a participatory process with the inhabitants of Cànoves i Samalús, the youth group, the municipal entities, in close collaboration with the technical and political team of the municipality. This participatory process has been carried out with the support of the Barcelona Provincial Council, especially in its initial phase.

La Rectoria becomes a space that gives rise to activities and services, related to learning, the community and the environment, accessible to all local citizens of Cànoves i Samalús. This is a third space (complementary to the house and the work space) that plays a prominent role in the public life of Cànoves i Samalús. A space of trust and welcome, where people can access knowledge, be part of the community and try new creative activities. A place where inequalities in local society can begin to be addressed by fostering a sense of place and belonging because the place is created according to the needs of users.

This municipal resource is dedicated to creativity, learning and inclusion and is reborn from the strong identity that the building had in the past as a community space. This facility also provides answers to current and future needs with the coexistence of various spaces and activities that promote the diversity of the local population. This strategy guarantees the future of La Rectoria and improves the access of the most disconnected users, attracts new users who may not have visited it before and forms synergies and opportunities that are easier to maintain thanks to the proximity to other spaces of different character. 

In this way, it provides answers to all phases of the creative and production processes of intergenerational knowledge -generating meeting and individual and / or collective work spaces- and resources at the disposal of entities, cultural and social agents and the public. In addition, it offers training resources and visibility of projects and activities that are already taking place in the municipality.

With this process, it is committed to close collaboration between the different groups, entities, associations and the city council. Through co-dynamization, a community-based mutual trust is created as a symbol of “us”, so that they shape and grow the rectory project.

In this case, the project of La Rectoria and its activation proposal aims to build basic values such as trust and respect, which help to create sustainable social development in the municipality. In the case of the young group, giving them responsibilities and voice through this equipment, we promote them so that they become active citizens who participate in society on equal terms with other groups and entities.

Therefore, La Rectoria meeting space is defined based on the following three axes:

  • Places of life and social encounter
  • Respect and commitment to the environment and the territory
  • Exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas

Place

Cànoves i Samalús 

[3,117 inhabitants]

Scale

Municipal

Type of project


Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration


6 months [2020]

Promoter


Municipality of Cànoves i

Samalus


Barcelona Provincial Council

 

Team

*estel (Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Arnau

Boix, Marc Deu, Alba

Dominguez)

 

Collaborators

Political and technical team of

the city council


Citizens of Cànoves and

Samalús


Municipal entities


JAC (Joves Alcem Cànoves)

Presentation

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at prezi 

Can Canyameres, Community and Culture


Can Canyameres: Community and Culture

This project has been carried out with the main objective of deciding the transformation of the old farmhouse of Can Canyameres into a reference facility at the neighbourhood and municipal level,   proposing executive criteria which define the uses and the building design. These criteria are based, fundamentally, on the conclusions generated from the realization of a participatory process with the inhabitants of Sant Cugat, in close collaboration with the technical and political team of the municipality.

Regarding the complex of Can Canyameres, it is an emblematic space and deeply rooted in the agricultural and architectural history of Sant Cugat, which is transformed into a space dedicated to culture, neighbourhood and cooperation. A community and cultural space.

The proposal treats the complex as a third space (complementary to the house and the work space) that has a prominent role in the public life of Sant Cugat. A space of trust and welcome, a space of social integration where people can access knowledge, be part of the community and try new creative activities. A place where inequalities in local society can begin to be addressed by fostering a sense of place and belonging because the place is created according to the needs of users.

This municipal resource is part of the network of local cultural facilities and is dedicated to the community, culture, learning, environment and inclusion and is committed to being a platform that contributes to the social transformation of Sant Cugat and the neighbourhood of Volpelleres in particular.

With this process, it is committed to close collaboration between the different groups, entities, associations and the city council. The container is managed by the city council, while the content is coordinated by the public. This coordination of the complex turns into a symbol of “us”,  creating a mutual trust between the community and the administration, making Can Canyameres project grow.

In this case, the Can Canyameres project and its activation proposal, aims to build basic values such as trust and respect, which help to create sustainable social development in the municipality. Thus, the project is inspired and organized with the concept of the Catalan farmhouse and the philosophy of Modernism. From this, the Can Canyameres complex is organized into three spaces that are interconnected and complementary: 

Creation space (The modernist house)
It is the space where workshops, courses or activities related to art and cultural innovation take place.

Meeting space (Ground Floor of the Farmhouse)
It is the space where “neighbourhood is made” with places of socialization and interaction, and it is where the creations of the community are made visible, where the exchange of knowledge and collective learning takes place.

Reflection space (First Floor of the Farmhouse)
It is the space where content and container management takes place, and it is where the courses and trainings take place. It is in this space that community innovation takes shape.

Place

Sant Cugat

[90,664  inhabitants]

Scale

Municipal

Tipus de projecte

Urban Strategies


Citizen cooperation

Duration

5 months [2021]

Promoter

Municipality of Sant Cugat

del Vallès

 

Team

*estel (Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Arnau

Boix, Marc Deu, Alba

Dominguez)

 

Collaborators

Neighbors of Sant Cugat

del Vallès

Entities and associations

Technical and political team

of the city council

Presentation

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at prezi 

 

Video

Watch the video of the

process on youtube

 

Press

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at decidim

Inventory of constructions on undeveloped land


Inventory of constructions on undeveloped land

The regulation of the undeveloped land is one of the challenges that municipalities will face in the coming years, as a balance must be found between the uses and activities that are allowed and the preservation of the natural habitats and ecosystems of each territory.

In this context, the city of Manresa has promoted the creation of an inventory of buildings in undeveloped land in order to know the current reality of the municipality before deciding how to transform it, in parallel to the catalog of Masias already definitively approved.

Our approach to the project as *estel was to understand the architectural, urban, and environmental characteristics of each element included in the study, but without forgetting the social and human components that these constructions have. In an environment such as Manresa, they play a key role in structuring and articulating the territory, and in defining the character and identity of the people who inhabit it.

The collaboration with Solucions Geogràfiques team has allowed us to integrate GIS technology in a transversal way throughout the work, and facilitate the management and updating of information in the future.

Place

Manresa

[76,250 inhabitants]

Scale

Municipal

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Duration

11 months [2019]

Promoter

Municipality of Manresa

 

Team

*estel (Marc Deu, Alba

Dominguez, Arnau Boix,

Konstantina Chrysostomou)

Solucions Geogràfiques

Can Quel, Creation Factory


Can Quel, Creation Factory

The old Can Quel textile factory, an emblematic building deeply rooted in the history of l’Esquirol, is transformed into a public center for socio-cultural creation. A factory of creation.

This municipal building recovers the idea of culture, intervention, and the link with the territory, and is committed to being a platform that contributes to social transformation and sustainable development in Collsacabra, and l’Esquirol in particular.

The Can Quel creation factory, re-exists based on the motto “our future is quality” that is still in the factory, but now is related to culture and community. Likewise, it provides answers to every phase of creative processes and knowledge production -generating individual and/or collective workspaces and making resources available to artists, entities, cultural and social agents, and the public. In addition, it offers educational resources and visibility of projects and activities that reinforce the municipality of Esquirol as a cultural and social pole in Collsacabra.

It is committed to direct collaboration with the different groups to co-manage the equipment, in order to be the ones who shape and make the project grow. 

Can Quel creation factory would be defined from the following three axes:

  • Cross-border culture and education
  • Places of life and social gathering
  • Respect and commitment to the environment and the territory

The participatory process was designed following the PRA methodology (Participatory Research-Action) with the aim of incorporating the maximum diversity of intergenerational perspectives and promoting an inclusive space at l’Esquirol. During the participatory process, the Functional Program, the architectural and urban intervention criteria, the management model, the execution phases, and the management of the “meanwhile” were worked with the local community.

Place

L’Esquirol

[2,181 inhabitants]

Scale

Municipal

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

3 months [2020]

Promoter

Municipality of l’Esquirol

Barcelona Provincial Council

 

Team

*estel (Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Arnau

Boix, Marc Deu, Alba

Dominguez)

 

Collaborators

Neighbors of l’Esquirol

Municipal entities

Youth Centre

Technical and political team

of City’s Council

Presentation

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Socio-territorial analysis in the Study of the Urban Landscape of Montbau


Urban Landscape Study of Montbau

An Urban Landscape study, and especially in a complex area such as Montbau, inevitably approaches the work from various intertwined perspectives in order to reflect the urban reality.

In this case, *estel formed part of a very large team of professionals, and focused on the socio-territorial study, analyzing the human landscape and the everyday dynamics of the neighbourhood, as such as to understand how people relate to the territory as well as to each other.

Through a series of debates with representing stakeholders of the neighborhood in addition to the public realm observation, it was possible to relate amongst others; what was the perception of security in various areas of the neighborhood, which formal and informal spaces were best valued, and why, what urban characteristics define the identity of the neighborhood or in which way the relationship between the city of Barcelona and the mountain of Collserola is perceived.

Place

Barcelona

[1.636.762 habitants]

Scale

Neighborhood

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

8 months [2019]

Promoter

Institut Municipal del

Paisatge Urbà i la Qualitat

de Vida

 

Team

B2B Arquitectes

*estel (Marc Deu,

Konstantina Chrysostomou,

Arnau Boix, Alba Domínguez)

Irbis

Veclus S.L.

Jordi Bellmunt

Agata Buscemi

Fàtima López

Montserrat Mercadé

 

Collaborators

Neighbors of Montbau

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