by Equipo Editorial
Despite being an urban landmark with international recognition, the Eixample of Barcelona has several challenges characteristic of a city in constant change, an urban setting very different from what was designed by Ildefons Cerdá.
In this scenario, the Barcelona office Leku Studio developed a project to “make” different school environments in the Eixample, proving, through reversible urbanization, new uses and distributions that favor more humane and pleasant spaces that bring the urban scale closer to the children. “They must be community spaces, as a school extension territory, as a space for play, for the green, for the history and for the local life of the neighborhoods,” explained Leku Jokin Santiago Elorriaga and Marta Sola Páramo, co-founders of Leku Studio.
Official Memorial: Barcelona’s Eixample is a space in the city that, despite being an internationally recognized urban landmark, currently faces major challenges: sustainable mobility, environmental improvements, healthy public spaces, and more. It is a highly densified urban network, where vehicle space dominates pedestrians.
The city works to reverse this reality, defining a model that prioritizes people, enhancing sustainable mobility and building a healthy, diverse public space in human rhythm – with special attention to children and the elderly – in a city where topographic conditions facilitating comfortable walking or cycling.
In this sense, the school environment calls for a redefinition as pleasant spaces; as habitable places; as community spaces; as an extension territory of the school; as space for play, for the green, for the history and the local life of the neighborhoods.
Adaptive urbanization: Faced with this enormous challenge of urban paradigm change, the design of the transformation process in itself is essential. Managing and scheduling the “in the meantime” streamlines the planning process by providing adaptive tools that can engage multiple agents and provide a responsive and immediate response to local and immediate neighbor problems.
Test, measure and define: Tactical or flexible intervention is a planning tool that allows to test on the ground the ideas and proposals that will formalize the definitive project. The intervention of the “meanwhile” allows adapting and adjusting the proposals to finally define a consensual project that responds to the needs of each case.
The Eixample schools were key actors in the process through their participation in the definition of temporary urbanization, which should now be experienced and monitored by the people. A transcendental phase involving observation, analysis and measurement, both objective and sensitive, through the comparison of pre-established parameters. A data link that will allow you to evaluate the correct answers and errors and help define the new urban model of the Eixample.
Available in: www.archdaily.co/co/899688. Accessed in: 11/09/2018.