Interactive Workshop – "Architecture to the Rhythms of City and Nature"

FROM MON. 10 TO THU. 13 OCT. 2016

OPEN TO THE E13 WINNING TEAMS (WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP)

To arouse interactivity at a European level, Europan and the Junta de Extremadura invite the E13 winning teams (winners & runners-up) for 4 days to consider and design scenarios on the session topic ("The Adaptable City") applied to urban contexts in the Region.

Each team can delegate 1 to 2 members from Mon. 10 to Thu. 13 Oct. 2016 to participate to this Workshop with a maximum of 100 participants, divided into 3 main groups following the themes and sites proposed. Each group will produce several alternative scenarios.

Europan covers the breakfasts and lunches during the 4 days, as well as one hotel room per team (single or double occupation).

To register for the Workshop, click on Registration

Place: Palacio de Congresos Manuel Rojas, Badajoz

The three urban situation for the Workshop are located in 2 towns close to Badajoz – Olivenza and Valencia de Alcántara.

 

PROGRAM

MON. 10/10/2016
08:30-20:00 PRESENTATION, SITES VISITS & WORKSHOP
TUE. 11/10/2016
08:30-20:00 WORKSHOP
WED. 12/10/2016
08:30-17:00 WORKSHOP
17:00-20:00 First presentation of the ideas
THU. 13/10/2016
08:30-18:30 WORKSHOP
19:00-21:00 PRESENTATION OF THE WORKSHOP RESULTS
OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS
The teams presentt their scenarios to the Forum participants – in English only.

OLIVENZA

Olivenza is a town and a municipality of the region of Extremadura located in the Llanos de Olivenza region, West of the Badajoz Province, on the border with Portugal. The town’s population currently is up to about 12,000 inhabitants.
The origins of the city go back to the final recapture of Badajoz by Alfonso 9, King of León. After the splendours of the 16th cent., Olivenza was directly involved in the Portuguese Restoration War and conquered back by Portugal in 1657 – the design of its fortifications as bastions dating back to that period. After the War of the Oranges in the 18th cent. the town surrendered to the Spanish troops and came back under Spanish sovereignty.

> OLIVENZA SITE 1 – REGENERATE AND RECONNECT URBAN FRAGMENTS

The Oil Mill
The bus station
Former RENFE warehouses

 

Site 1 covers a large intervention area in the centre of the historical city and on its edges; this area has to be considered from the point of view of the Adaptable City. The reflection area includes the most recent growing areas around the bastion of the fortified enclosure. The potential application areas are:

- the former RENFE warehouses (Spanish railway company);
- The Day Care Centre;
- The Oil Mill within the San Francisco Bastion.

All those spaces can host new uses. The bus station should also be modified. The landscape area around the fortified enclosure should also be considered to provide a better connection between the centre and the periphery and create new urban uses. Through modifications of the spaces program, use & adaptability, the participants are invited to establish the necessary conditions for the spaces to become elements of connection and urban activation. This should allow connecting the "micro-interventions" (buildings) to the macro (city, territory).

Various views of the City Walls
 
 

 

OLIVENZA

Olivenza is a town and a municipality of the region of Extremadura located in the Llanos de Olivenza region, West of the Badajoz Province, on the border with Portugal. The town’s population currently is up to about 12,000 inhabitants.
The origins of the city go back to the final recapture of Badajoz by Alfonso 9, King of León. After the splendours of the 16th cent., Olivenza was directly involved in the Portuguese Restoration War and conquered back by Portugal in 1657 – the design of its fortifications as bastions dating back to that period. After the War of the Oranges in the 18th cent. the town surrendered to the Spanish troops and came back under Spanish sovereignty.

Aerial view of the city
Between city and countryside
 

 

> OLIVENZA SITE 2 – A BORDER BETWEEN CITY AND COUNTRYSIDE

Site 2 is located in the South of the town. It includes the extensions of peripheral housing districts and nearby fields. The issue is to consider the creation of an interface between build town and agriculture, without preventing the residential extension but including it into the agricultural natural landscape.
How to create a dense and dynamic urban limitation that resonates and interweaves with the nearby fields and countryside? How to consider the uses to reconsider the lifestyles in the periphery? How to make them compatible with a short-distribution-channel agriculture that is adapted to the needs of the city?

Edges of the city
Between city and countryside
 

 

VALENCIA DE ALCÁNTARA

Valencia de Alcántara is a municipality of the region of the Sierra de San Pedro; it is located West of the Cáceres province, close to the Portuguese border. The town’s population currently is up to about 6,000 inhabitants – it was around 15,000 inhabs in 1950.
In 1221 the town was recaptured from the Arabs by the troops of the Order of San Julian de Pereiro, a military institution that gave birth to the powerful Order of Alcántara. This conquest meant that the city became a property of the Spanish Crown.

The Palace of Culture
The Palace of Culture on the G. Bravo Square
The Casa Salvador Hevia

 

> SITE 3 – URBAN RHYTHMS AND REAPPROPRIATION

An important area of the city centre is proposed, where the issue is to modify the use of the existing public buildings and free spaces through the creation of a program on the Adaptable City. The following buildings are available to develop a proposal:

– The Palace of Culture – From the building (1985) the issue is to consider a new work for the Palace of Culture, with a music school, spaces for dance and choirs, etc. This building is connected to a retirement home;
– The Casa Salvador Hevia – Rehabilitation for the day care centre;
– The former Abastos food market, now a space for local associations.

Within the fortress, it is proposed to consider several points, including the access to the fortress keeping the height difference between the public street and the inner platform, as well as the relations between the current buildings within the fortress. Within the castle itself, the issue is to imagine activity-based paths and uses in this exceptional location.

The Rocamador Church within the fortresss
The Abastos Market
Plaza de la Constitución, with the
Abastos Market

 

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