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The many over ground lanes create a horizontal obstacle for pedestrian passage to the waterfront. The Ronda -even as it passes below ground level, creates vertical disconnection by forcing pedestrians to make many height changes before reaching relative proximity to the water.

A visual and psychological connection to the waterfront can only be achieved by physical proximity to the water. This, and accessibility issues have compressed all activities within 5 meters of the harbor border. Lack of organization and amenities further limit social programs in the site.

The amount of existing green space in Barcelona is a mere 10.2% or approximately 18 square meters per capita. Furthermore, this green space is not evenly divided throughout the city area (i.e. a high percentage is concentrated in Montjuic park) and as a result is often a great distance for habitants to travel to.

1_ the ronda solution

2_ the public access solution

3_solving the connectivity

The initial step to confront the site’s disuse was to identify and strengthen the points of access to the site, by infusing them with activity and an inviting atmosphere, we hoped to better integrate the city into the site. This is the first intervention; the intervention of the roads.

While the Ronda maintains it’s initial physical location within the site, it is more integrated and connected to the actuality of the waterfront. The Ronda is exposed within glass tube to create a visual connection without any sound pollution. Pedestrians enter the site adjacent to the Ronda and gradually walk above and beyond it, giving the vehicles a chance to be part of the site too.

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The existent city order clearly separates our buildings and pedestrians from the high speed mobility systems (Highway). These act as two separate layers that require independent space from one another, and as the city grows, this only leads to a larger miscommunication between the two layers. We confront a design phase of our city in which we must rethink space as “sharing of space” for different layers within “time”. Then comes the question of How can live information help us establish rules for the happenings of our city? and how can this be more efficient?

Symbiosis is an adaptive road and space distribution system that is flexible in the 3D and time axes. It proposes a new “changing” urban section prototype in which mobility and space flows are determined by live information of the city (vehicular traffic and people flows). This is achieved by collecting real time information through the use of sensors. In Symbiosis, the current mobility items are rethought, then replaced by prints of light and texture. These prints are visualized and change in time. The system optimizes space according to what is needed in terms of road space and people space.

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