La Sagrera Thresholds_Barcelona

ARCH 574 | Fall 2013
Associate Professor Sara Bartumeus 


La Sagrera is a rail and urban-­‐planning regeneration project that involves the transformation of 164  Ha   in   northeastern   Barcelona   into   a   new   area   of   sustainable   urban   growth   with   new facilities,  public  services,  housing,  a  center of  economic  and  retail activity,  and  the  largest  -­‐40  ha-­‐ linear urban park in the city. The new station will be a strategic transport hub, with regional and high-­‐ speed trains, metro, busses and underground access to motorways.

The studio, framed in the Europan 12 topic for the current edition -­‐Adaptable city: inserting the urban rhythms-­‐, will take into account the competition site proposed by the City Council in La Sagrera: a triangular allotment of 5.3 Ha that faces the new green zones, bounded by a residential district, an industrial area and a shopping mall.

The studio will focus on:

-­‐   improving the urban and natural continuity in the site: how the new large-­‐scale green axis along  the railway  easement,  that  will  re-­‐naturalize   the  area,  can  relate  to  the  existing surrounding parks -­‐ Trinitat   and   the   Besòs   River   banks-­‐   and   connect   the   consolidated   city   and  the  segregated neighborhoods with the natural environment.

-­‐     regenerating the existing urban fabric with a new residential area with public facilities and spaces linked to local shops and production. An innovative and integrating urban design can complete that mixture of residential, business and industrial suburbs which, although built at different times, form a vibrant, inhabitable community with a good urban quality.

For the first 3 weeks the students -­‐in teams of 2-­‐ will be dedicated to the comprehension and analysis of the Sagrera project and the districts, to the configuration of a personal cartography of the site, to go on until mid-­‐term with the proposal of an overall master plan of the chosen area. Concepts such as density, centrality, urbanity and mixed-­‐used will be discussed. In the second half of the semester the students will –individually-­‐ deepen their urban design concepts through the development of a specific area as an urban  project,  including  the  design  of  a  block  or  a  system  of  buildings  dealing  with  different programs and the design of the surrounding open space with instruments between the architectural definition and the urban planning. The relationship of outdoor-­‐indoor spaces and the gradient of domestic-­‐ collective-­‐public, as a critical component of the course, will be explored.


-­‐to promote sensitivity to the urban and landscape dimensions of architecture

-­‐to highlight the social background and find meaning in architecture

-­‐to integrate a basic understanding of urbanism and landscape into the design methodology

-­‐to develop a coherent structure of theoretical concepts and a critical capacity to diagnose problems and solutions and a professional culture in the managing of techniques, tools, and exploring designing methods at a wide range of scales.