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Back to the center. In search of new residential infrastructures for public use in the consolidated city

Research Areas
  • Housing,
  • Rehabilitation of housing,
  • Living quality,
  • Disposition of housing,
  • Architecture,
  • Domestic architecture

The aim of this paper is to define an approach to a methodological assessment of existing urban patterns that allows us to verify, from an analytical, comparative and critical scope, the return to the consolidated city as a necessary way of developing new urban fabric. After reconsidering the history of large-scale urban projects in Madrid, the design of the obsolete collective housing in the consolidated city has revealed the existing residential areas as an infrastructure potentially capable of absorbing the complexity of the unpredictable future. The solution does not fall on the design of a specific project for each building, but in defining a general project for the city that we inherited and for the city that we will bequeath. This approach is supported by an original methodology developed by GIVCO (Research Group in Collective Housing-Polytechnic University of Madrid). The research process goes from the typological to the urban scale, digging into the impact of expansion areas and reconstructing the urban process as a continuum, predicting its main layouts for the near future. On one hand, the analysis of satellite settlements built in the fifties in the case study of Madrid, unveils a struggle to achieve a model in which building types and urban planning cannot be separated from each other. The urban pattern was understood as a system in which social housing and public space are the basic configurative elements. Problems such as the lack of coherence with the city center or the deterioration of construction can be noticed although the quality of the public space remains the same.
EAAE / ISUF International Conference. New Urban Configurations
TU Delft
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  • Autor: Carmen Espegel Alonso UPM
  • Autor: Esperanza Macarena Campaña Barquero UPM
  • Autor: Daniel Movilla Vega UPM
  • Autor: Gustavo Rojas Perez UPM

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  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Vivienda Colectiva
  • Departamento: Proyectos Arquitectónicos