“We advise, design and coordinate urban innovation projects with the participation of all stakeholders and interested citizens to improve the quality of life of residents and the sustainability of the environment.”
2 of the Paisaje Transversal team joined us here at Kingston School of Art, Kingston University – taking part in day-long crits as guest critics, Pilar Díaz Rodríguez and Iñaki Romero Fernández De Larrea and then presenting a review of the work and projects that the Paisaje Transversal practice has developed.
The ethos of the practice is to achieve success in their projects by incorporating the following four principles:
- Transdisciplinarity urban projects must be comprehensive – we introduce a coordinated perspective of the main issues that affect the city: sociology, geography, landscaping, law, urbanism, ecology, economics …
- Civic involvement – we grant an irreplaceable role to citizens in the transformation of their environment, to generate ownership of projects and transparency in processes.
- Digital tools – information and communication technologies and technological development allow us to develop projects more efficiently, reducing costs and times.
- Ecology of means – we operate from the ecological perspective in all its dimensions so, the processes that we drive are supported by reversible interventions, tests and tests that allow us to assess the improvement of the investments to be made in order to optimize costs.
Pilar and Iñaki described how their horizontal, inclusive and ecological working approach combines the technical assessments of sites with community opinions. The practice has developed tools called Participatory Indicators (INPAR) allowing them to create a complete image of a project or proposal thus generating a momentary picture of an environment or site. This allows further assessment of those aspects of a proposal in need of improvement, those which require development and actions and those that require further thought and options.
Following the presentation a podcast of conversations with Kingston University tutors Christoph Lueder and Íñigo Cornago plus Pilar Díaz Rodríguez and Iñaki Romero Fernández De Larrea was recorded and will be added to ‘Register’ once final edits have been made – Register is a series of podcasts where we speak with practitioners, planners, developers and others who visit our school about their motivations and methodologies. To listen to a Register audio podcast click here.
Projects featured in Paisaje Transversal’s presentation:
- Sant Miquel, Olot, Catalonia.
The neighborhood of Saint Miquel-Les Tries, Olot had been abandoned in the last decades, losing public space to infrastructure and commercial and industrial uses; this in turn caused rents to drop which attracted a large immigrant population. Thus, the neighborhood suffered from a negative image and was unattractive to many Olot residents. Despite this loss of value of resources in Sant Miquel, there was much value in its location: rich with old industrial spaces that could be taken advantage of for new creative uses, situated along on of the main access points to the city, and nestled between two volcanoes along the Fluviá River which provided tourism opportunities. The mixture of immigrant groups, a network of community associations, and the diversity of buildings and landscape provided a great opportunity for regeneration, enrichment and improved quality of life.
The project took place in two consecutive phases: the first phase identifying problems and areas of urban, social, economic and environmental potential; the second phase where the focus was on prioritization, construction, collaboration, and visualisation of proposals for temporary activation of disused spaces. This project also offered the opportunity for the Paisaje Transversal practice to develop and apply their Participatory Indicators (InPar). To read the full story click here
- #ParqueJH: Collaborative design for the renovation of JH Park, Torrelodones.
In 2012, the local government of Torrelodones, in collaboration with the Architecture Chamber of Madrid, announced a design competition to renovate three of the municipality’s parks. Their goal was to enhance these parks through reforestation and re-planting actions, while rehabilitating some of the existing buildings in theses publics spaces. These improvements would boost and complete these spaces with with new equipment and furniture, offering a renovated and higher-quality service to the community. One of these three parks was the Parque JH.
Paisaje Transversal began a collaborative design project with the local City Council to reform the JH Park public space in Torrelodones. Paisaje Transversal developed a technical analysis of the park and a series of community participatory events to assist the selection of proposals with the greatest capacity to improve the site.
The first phase included a technical analysis of the problems affecting the park in relation to issues such as accessibility, equipment, comfort, vegetation, activity. This analysis was developed together with the stakeholders and residents most directly linked to the park creating a first map of proposals to improve the image and uses of the park. Proposals were grouped according to the improvements they generated in relation to the cost involved to asist with the final selection.
Applying creativity in the design process, in parallel with the community involvement has permitted a broader approach to achieve a good quality design. The renewal of the JH Park is a perfect example of how a collaborative process with community involvement proves to be a great approach for any public space’s design development.
All images sourced: Paisaje Transversal