COMING SOON

Superblocks's Creator

EXPLAINED BY THEIR MAKERS

OVERVIEW

ABSTRACT

Barcelona, the world’s mecca of city-making, has developed a new urban cell. The superblock, praised all around the globe, has reorganized an entire city’s mobility and has given back to the citizens the public space, which had been taken away by the car. In this E-Workshop, you’ll learn about its inception, in the words of Salvador Rueda, its creator, and its implementation from tactical urbanism, in the words of Jokin Santiago and Marta Sola, cofounders of Lefu Studio. Along with them, we explore a winning idea that has been implemented with success, and we extract invaluable lessons about sustainable mobility, tactical urbanism, and urban ecology.

TOPICS

Sustainable Mobility: urban mobility, Achilles heel of most cities in the world, has been masterfully managed by Barcelona thanks to the model that the Superblock proposed, which determines a perimeter network for public transportation and an internal system of loops and speed control for cars.

Tactical Urbanism: this new urbanistic instrument allows intermediate and transitional operations. It is neither as permanent as the one built with concrete, which leads to high costs and it’s not reversible, nor as ephemeral as the one built with superposed or high wear elements. This new instrument allows to temporarily assess, with much lower costs, the functionality of an urbanistic operation that aims to be permanent; this guarantees its success and real transformation capacity of a city.

Urban Ecology: this is a discipline, which is growing in popularity, that encompasses a city’s capacity to wisely manage the variables that affect the habitability of public space: the ergonomic, psychologic, and physiological ones. All of them aim to make cities friendlier places to live.

MAKERS

Salvador Rueda,

Superblocks’ creator
Fundación Ecología Urbana y Territorial (Urban and Territorial Ecology Foundation)

Salvador is an urban ecologist, president of Fundación Ecología Urbana y Territorial (Urban and Territorial Ecology Foundation) and founder and director of the Agencia de Ecología Urbana de Barcelona (Barcelona’s Urban Ecology Agency) between 2000 and 2020. He has specialized in the analysis and planning of complex systems and has developed occupation and urban metabolism models with sustainable criteria. He’s conceived a new urbanism: the ecosystemic urbanism and the new urban cell: the superblock, the base of mobility and public space and also the base for the urbanistic model of any urban system. He’s created a new dictionary to read the city and a measurement instrument to calculate the urban complexity (diversity of legal persons). He loves the city, but loves even more through the mountains. His best projects are his four sons.

Jokin Santiago Elorriaga

Leku Studio’s Cofounder

He is an architect from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (Barcelona’s Technical Architecture Superior School), 2014. He specializes in urban ecology and public space projects. In his career trajectory, he’s worked as an architect for the Departamento de Prospectiva Urbana del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona (Department of Urban Prospective of Barcelona’s Town Hall) and as consultant in urban strategy for the private sector. In 2016, he founded the OUT association for the promotion, design, and commissioning of cultural projects in the architecture field. Along with Marta Sola, he founded Leku Studio, a specialized office for the design of transformation and urban ecology projects.

Marta Sola Páramo

Leku Studio’s Cofounder

She is an architect of Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (Barcelona’s Technical Architecture Superior School), 2015. Prior to founding Leku Studio, she collaborated in different international studies participating in projects and strategies of urban transformation. She is also codirector and responsible of the cultural program of the Open House Bilbao architecture festival.

EPISODES

Episode 1:“Barcelona: a city colonized by the car”

The first episode explores the city of Barcelona as a world benchmark for city-making. Also, it introduces the problem with the old implications of a public space that privileged the car and cornered the public transport.
Viewer Reply *: analytical description of the current mobility system of your city and its biggest problems. Descriptive stage.

Episode 2: “One goal: Organize urban mobility to return the public space to the citizen”

In the words of Salvador Rueda, the second episode exposes all the associated aspects to the implementation of a new network of public transportation that frees most of the public space and turns pedestrians into citizens. Viewer reply: definition of one or more objectives to attack the problems that were described in the first episode. Conceptual stage.

Episode 3: “One Idea: the Superblock, a New Urban Cell”

This episode delves even further into the model of the superblocks from urban ecology. It explores the 3 types of variables for the habitability of the public space and its results in a friendlier Barcelona with healthier citizens. Viewer reply: proposed scenarios for the development of the objectives proposed in the episode 2. “What if?” stage.

Episode 4: “One Method: Tactical Urbanism”

In the words of Jokin Santiago and Marta Sola, designers and executors of the superblock of Sant Antoni, we explore the process of tactical urbanism that was adopted to make this model a reality. Viewer reply: proposal of concrete strategies (tools, instruments, operations) of any of the scenarios proposed in the episode 3. Propositional stage.

Episode 5: “Spin-off”

The final episode of this course-documentary explores the thinking of our makers and gives the viewer a deeper insight into their intellect. It is, at the same time, a conclusive episode with a permanent viewer reply. *The "viewer reply" is the way in which the E-Workshop invites whoever is behind the screen to actively participate. While there is a great documented project, the ultimate goal is to inspire, with it, those who watch it. In this way, it recommends the viewer to apply the same methodology of the episodes: one city, one problem, one objective, one idea, and one method. In the end, the viewer will be able to have a seed for a project for his or her own city.

SUMMARY

Title ..........................................................................

Barcelona’s Superblocks Explained by Their Makers

Topics .....................................................................

Sustainable mobility, tactical urbanism, and urban ecology

Makers ..................................................................

Salvador Rueda, Jokin Santiago, and Marta Sola

Duration ..............................................................

5 episodes

Language ...........................................................

Spanish audio with English subtitles

Addressed to ...................................................

Professionals and students of associated topics to city-making, who wish to learn about sustainable mobility, tactical urbanism, and urban ecology.

Outcomes ...........................................................

  • Certificate
  • Downloadable methodological guide
  • Within the first year after launching, access to a virtual forum with the available makers.

Price .........................................................................

€ 49 EUR