• Course

A new centrality of flows

Mohamed Alaa, Mohamed Abady, Mahmoud Hossam

The Gradient

Ahmed Maged

Reviving the historical path

 Nourhan Ashraf, Rola Nazmi, Sarah Farid, Sara Ehab

The refined Glories – Proposal for the re-connection of Barcelona

Mahmoud Ragab, Mohammed Abdelkareem, Nathalie Magdi
 Mennatallah Hamdi, Nardine Sameh, Nathalie Moro, Mariam Akram

 

Course description and learning outcomes

  • Addressing the urban dimension in architecture, dealing with high complex situations, regarding the scale and nature of the intervention.
  • Developing Urban proposals with the potential of reconfiguring the qualities of the city beyond the limits of the intervention.
  • Integrating the architectural, landscape and infrastructural dimension.
  • Exercising tools to design large scale architecture with a high level of complexity
  • Conceiving and dealing simoultaneously with different architectural scales from the programmer and design dimension to the ability of architecture to reconfigure the cityscape.
  • Including mobility and the incidence of infrastructures in the configuration of the space.

 

Tentative program

1_Mixed used Urban tissue

_Residential

_Commercial/ Restauration

_Hotel/Facilities

2_Landscape

_Large scale public space in Barcelona

_ Integration and connection related existing public spaces

_Integration of green corridor

_Inclusion of green an vegetation in the urban tissue

_Urban agriculture

3_Cultural pole

_Accesses, relationship, links… between the different existing cultural facilities

_Inclusion of new cultural facilities

_Urban structure and common public ground that absorbs and relates the existing facilities and

 

The proposal is centered on the reformulation of Glòries square, its surroundings and linked or related urban realities or tissues.

It aims to join an revise a current and central topic on the construction and on the debate of the contemporary Barcelona, and a platform to reflect on the recent competition.

Centrality

The geographic location of Glòries, after the opening of the Diagonal to the sea, confers it a condition of centrality that is reinforced by the fact of being a meeting point of the main urban axes or circulation arterias from the city.

Landscape and nature

The creation of a new public space, with this character of centrality, on a big urban area that is still unbuilt, opens an indispensable discussion on the “natural” condition of public spaces in the consolidated city, and the inclusion of vegetation through conceiving new forms of Urban & Green.

The necessary inclusion of the planned green corridor on its way through Glòries, naturally confers it a big urban scale and a natural condition linked to the natural and geographic systems.

Infrastructural nature

Being the area where the the main infrastructural axes of Barcelona meet (Av. Diagonal, Av. Meridiana,

Av. Diagonal, …), and are of confluence of all the public transportations networks (metro, tram, bus, bike lanes), Plaça de les Glòries also absorbs the arrival of the green corridor and the arrival of the coastal highway.

This complete and complex infranstructural confluence converts Glòries not only on an infrastructural node, a place of exchange, but also in a “door” of Barcelona.

Cultural pole

The presence in Glòries area of the most recent cultural facilities in Barcelona (Auditorium, National Theater, Design Museum, Cultural center La Farinera del Clot, UOC-Open University in Catalonia, …), together with other planned ones, have already converted Glòrias in a new cultural pole.

The missing structure of order or relationship between buildings, as well as the missing presence of qualified and related public spaces, converts it on an ineludible topic to approach the global reflection on Glòries.

Residential tissue

Four of the main consolidated residential tissues (Eixample, Poble Nou, Clot) meet in Clot together with the recently built section of Av. Diagonal that is still in process.

An effective definition of its limits, facades and of the continuities and links between them is crucial to keep the urban quality of Barcelona without significant interruptions.

RCR Architects visit (Olot + Ripoll)

Founded by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta in 1988, RCR Arquitectes is based in Olot in Catalonia, Spain. Known for a grounded style that is rooted in and inspired by its local conditions, they were the laureates of the 2017 Pritzker Prize.

We visited Teatro Público La Lira in Ripoll, Pabellón del Baño, Estadio de Atletismo, Park Pedra Tosca, and espai Barberí in Olot.