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 revitalization 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 walks, and in-situ activities for setting criteria and testing actions,  together with inhabitants. The process not only helped to rethink and respect the environment and public space, introducing actions that 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. 

Read more...

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

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

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 their 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.

Read more...

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

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

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 the 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, 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 sustainably. 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.  

Read more...

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

Check the project at prezi

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

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 to visualize the different human realities that enclose 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.

Read more...

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

Press

Watch the video of the project

here here

Read more about the project at

diari

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

¡Pónle Guinda!


¡Pónle Guinda!

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

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

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

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

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

¡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.

Read more...

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

Read more about the project at 

DSalamanca and DSalamanca

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Naves do Metrosidero


Naves do Metrosidero

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

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

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

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

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.

Read more...

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

Read the full at report

Press

Read more about the project at

Ayuntamiento de A Coruña

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Rescuing the Rambles of Barcelona


Rescuing the Rambles of Barcelona

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

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

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

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

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. 

Read more...

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

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Gender-based urban planning handbook

Gender-based urban planning handbook

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

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

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

Read more...

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

Place

Barcelona

[1,620,343 inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Municipal

Public space

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Duration

10 months [2018-2019]

Promoter

Barcelona Regional

 

Team

Ana Paricio (Authorship)

 

*estel (Alba Domínguez i

Ferrer, Konstantina

Chrysostomou, Arnau

Boix i Pla)

 

Collaborators

Municipality of Barcelona

Handbook

View and download the

handbook

Premsa

Read more about the Handbook

at Municipality of Barcelona

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Joan Miró square


Joan Miró square

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

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

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

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.

Read more...

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

Check the good practices bank

Study

Read the full report at issuu

Read the full report at issuu

Press

Read more about the project at

Mostra d’Arquitectura Catalana,

somMontorès

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Temporary activation of urban voids​


Temporary activation of urban voids

The crisis caused a slowdown in the usual way to “produce” the physical space of the cities, creating an area with voids waiting to develop (in the broadest sense of the word, not just referring to urban development). Given these circumstances, it became necessary to put into motion urban strategies and tactics so to activate the territorial resources available to the cities.

From this perspective, the Diputació de Barcelona proposed a framework of stable collaboration with the municipal entities in order to support them with strategies, tools, and proposals for the management of spaces that had remained empty in the municipalities of the province. Given the existence of these spaces in Santa Margarida de Montbui pending to build, urbanize or reconvert with new uses, and the reluctance on how to address this problem, the municipality asked the Diputación for its collaboration. And it is in this framework, the project was carried out by the team *estel

The project sought to identify the empty spaces in the municipality to avoid degradation and to propose new temporary uses able to cover local social needs. Specifically, those activities were requested in the past by the population but did not have a municipal response either to municipal facilities or existing public spaces.

A collaborative diagnosis was made on the plots identified both from citizens and the council’s technical-administrative team. Some of these plots, near the river Anoia, have an industrial value present in the built heritage. Others, near the neighborhood of Pi, follow the history of the tanneries of the area and a marked tradition of self-organization. From this diagnosis, a process of revitalization of the urban space was proposed through the synergies that were discovered in the territory, consisting of the creation of protocols of activation of the empty spaces.

The crisis caused a slowdown in the usual way to “produce” the physical space of the cities, creating an area with voids waiting to develop (in the broadest sense of the word, not just referring to urban development). Given these circumstances, it became necessary to put into motion urban strategies and tactics so to activate the territorial resources available to the cities.

Read more...

From this perspective, the Diputació de Barcelona proposed a framework of stable collaboration with the municipal entities in order to support them with strategies, tools, and proposals for the management of spaces that had remained empty in the municipalities of the province. Given the existence of these spaces in Santa Margarida de Montbui pending to build, urbanize or reconvert with new uses, and the reluctance on how to address this problem, the municipality asked the Diputación for its collaboration. And it is in this framework, the project was carried out by the team *estel

The project sought to identify the empty spaces in the municipality so as to avoid degradation and to propose new temporary uses able to cover local social needs. Specifically, those activities which were requested in the past by the population but did not have a municipal response either to municipal facilities or existing public spaces.

A collaborative diagnosis was made on the plots identified both from citizens and the council’s technical-administrative team. Some of these plots, near the river Anoia,  have an industrial value present in the built heritage. Others, near the neighborhood of Pi, follow the history of the tanneries of the area and a marked tradition of self-organization. From this diagnosis, a process of revitalization of the urban space was proposed through the synergies that were discovered in the territory, consisting of the creation of protocols of activation of the empty spaces.

Place

Santa Margarida de Montbui

[9825 inhabitants]

Scale of the project

Municipal

Type of project

Urban Strategies

Citizen cooperation

Duration

8 months [2015-2016]

Promoter

Barcelona Provincial Council

Municipality of Santa

Margarida de Montbui

 

Team

*estel  (Arnau Boix, Mireia Peris,

Raimon Soler, Laia Llonch)

Presentation

Check the presentation at Prezi

Study

Read the full report at Issuu

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin