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TRANSFORMACIONES

TRANSFORMACIONES

TRANSFORMACIONES

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Built in 1963 as a residential area to absorb the informal settlements of the outskirts of the city of Badajoz (Spain), the current planning of Santa Engracia decided demolition and replacement of the units. Yet, this academic project gives value to the existing physical and social fabric and seeks to strengthen it.

 

The current social fabric is based on communities of people with common interests which leads to centralized and exclusive structures. The strategies proposed look for the inclusion of all those kept out of the debate of Santa Engracia’s transformation and extend the participation to the current discussion. Thus, we need a network structure with individual identities that allows autonomy and engagement of its parts. The network behaves as a complex archetype that exceeds the sum of its parts, with diffuse boundaries and flexibility to natural changes.

 

To encourage the participation, it was decided to use exchange as a catalyst for these new connections for being a tool that benefits individual interests and meet everyday shortcomings from the collective input in this local exchange system of goods, services and knowledge.

 

The nature and variables of these exchanges have been studied in order to define the transformations of private and public spaces that establish the physical and social conditions required for the network conditions.