e(CO)stratègia | Barcelona Spain | Taller Sau

From World Landscape Architecture a way to create the green-grey web desired by the urban ecologists even in existing dense city fabric

The competition was about rethinking the border between the natural park of Collserola and the City of Barcelona. It has been divided this edge in 16 parts and call it doors. There has been proposals for each door, related to the particular context and situation of this part of the edge.

e(CO)stratègia | Barcelona Spain | Taller Sau
Taller Sau’s proposal is for the 13th Door, located in the north of the city of Barcelona . This site is also one of the main entrances of the city by car. All these highway lanes have fragmented the urban weave and isolated the neighbourhood of la Trinitat from the city. At the same time the green spaces system has been broken up by the road system and lost its flow.

e(CO)stratègia | Barcelona Spain | Taller Sau
e(CO)stratègia | Barcelona Spain | Taller Sau
The main proposals of the project are:

Define the edge between the city and the mountains as a surface, a space occupied by domesticated fields, a place between nature and city where you can find community vegetable gardens, open air green spaces, … domesticated nature between the concrete of the city and the wildness of the natural park.

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Hip Cities That Think About How They Work (Cape Town included!)

A post found on Archinect about another  “best cities” list – this one from the New York Times and notably for us here at the Southern tip of Africa, it includes our beloved , photogenic and somewhat dysfunctional Cape Town, this is in stark contrast to many other “livable cities ” indexes such as previously posted  City Rankings: More Harm than Help? and  Liveable v lovable amongst many other postings on these fashionable lists and  my recent posting on Richard Sennet’s views on what makes a city truly “sustainable”  WHY COMPLEXITY IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF CITY LIFE, little of which is being encouraged or actively pursued in any of these cities either, anyway here is the NYTimes’ view:

This survey is not based solely on quality of life, number of trees or the cost of a month’s rent. Instead, we examine some cities that aim to be both smart and well managed, yet have an undeniably hip vibe. Our pick of cities that are, in a phrase, both great and good… — nytimes.com

The NYT selects Auckland, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Santiago, Shanghai and Vilnius as the hippest cities for young professionals.

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Team Camí Comtal has won La Sagrera Linear Park design competition | Barcelona Spain | AldayJover, RCR and West 8

From World Landscape Architecture another West8 design and super graphics:

La Sagrera Linear Park-West 8Welcome Garden – Aldayjover, RCR, West 8 and SBDA

Team Camí Comtal (AldayJoverRCR and West 8 ) winning entry provides relief to the bustling city of Cerdá, introducing a new green slow route to counter today’s urban frenzy and activity, represented by the (other) Diagonal Avenue.

The new green corridor, four kilometer long, extending from the city’s fringe deep into the heart of the centre is the successful result of the tunneling of the new Very fast Train route from France to Barcelona Sagrera/Sans. The urban precincts on either side of the route which used to be separated by railway yards are now linked by a series of parks.

A new green diagonal axis is extended into the core of Barcelona thanks to the burial of the existing railways. This new public space is a means to connect the sea, the city and its natural surroundings. The new La Sagrera linear park or Parc del Camí Comtal represents a new ‘Slow’ Barcelona that gives relief to the urban rush of the city of Cerdá. It greatly adds biodiversity as it introduces a new slow and easy green cross, facing the famous Diagonal avenue, paradigm of the urban life.

In Barcelona, the Sagrada Família by Antoni Gaudí – A homage via domus

Those of you who who have been to Barcelona and seen Antonio Gaudi’s works , especially the Sagrada Familia, will know how magnificent it is , and what a landmark it makes in this gracious city here Oscar Tusquets Blanca writes how he and other Modernist Architects were opposed to its completion:

“At the start of 2002, to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the architect Antoni Gaudí, Domus asked me to write an article on the controversial issue of the continuation of construction work on the Sagrada Família Church. Published in May of that year, my article explained that, in the early 1960s, while I was still at university, I had been one of the instigators of a manifesto against the continuation of the church, which received the unconditional support of all the intelligentsia of the day—from Bruno Zevi to Giulio Carlo Argan, Alvar Aalto and Le Corbusier. The reaction to its publication was overwhelming and we were labelled as Marxist heretics. That year, public donations broke all records and those in charge of building felt this gave them more legitimacy than ever, not only before God (which they had never doubted) but also before men of good faith. In 2002, the question was no longer whether the construction, by then at an advanced stage and which no one would dare demolish, should be continued but how it should be finished.

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