Jan '07 - Jun '07
Spring quarter has just started (week II) and my group's thesis proposal for the Abronigal site at the bottom of Madrid proper is slowly beginning to form. The site is a big valley, about 2km long x 1/2 km wide, and we are trying to insert dense housing (15,000 units), infrastructure (a new high speed AVE train), commercial and recreation space, all while creating a massive new park over the contaminated soil (currently a large train/shipping container depot).
[Abronigal Container Depot, Madrid, Spain]
The big injection to the site is a series of tubes that will bridge across the valley site which could house a street, a strip of houses, bike paths, etc. High density intermixed with mega-infrastructure and bisected with green is the wave of the future. We have been looking at Corb's Algiers project and Tange's Tokyo Bay Project as examples of integrating high density living w/ infrastructure and at different types of edge conditions.
Also studied was the Fresh Kills winning competition entry by Field Operations (James Corner) with its examples of phasing of green/park integration. But is mega-structures and Team X layering the future of Urbanism? What are new models for urban design? To be answered in the next 8 weeks. Madrid Hoy! _TADS
[Central Bus Station - near Abronigal Site, Madrid, Spain]
Note the bus garage is located underneath patch of "green"