Based on functional assumptions impregnated with a strong dose of imagination and future aspirations, we create this project as becoming compulsive response to urban development. The revolution as an answer to problems of social, economic, political, cultural and ideological, setting up a system to replace the hierarchical network by a democratized space device. A megastructure built on the performance and the cohesion of society which inhabits it, with individual cells that offer total freedom. In the last level are located the permanent cranes, charge of producing new units, a city in constant reconstruction. With these words, more than a glimpse of a future utopia seems to formulate the gaps of the present moment, by building parallel universes.

The depletion of the industry and the closure of many companies has involved the emergence of industrial ruins and with them the image of urban degradation in Sestao. A perfect chance to restructure this territory, a suitable support for the new economy. The loss of industrial and landscape references can sometimes create losses in the collective memory therefore we focus on develop a new identity image.

Initially, begin a process of growth by occuping the “Gran Vía” Axe, following the grid. Pursue Overall strategy of first an “attacking” the Existing infrastructure (Axis Ballonti, rail, pedestrian roads, buildings under construction, etc.). Gradually merge the designate project site into the manifold surroundings of the new city, by adapting and evolving its own complex structure into that of its context. On the project area, some derelict sites requires redevelopment. The sufficient size and position of the site enables the formation of coherent communities within it, mixing extense commercial areas, designed public space and housing. Certain parts of the site confront chaotic urban conditions as the conection between Barakaldo and Sestao. The site’s proximity to major infrastructure and communication nodes provide close connections at many scales (trains, boats, cars, bikes…). A considerable surrounding redevelopment is already underway at many scales, from the macro (masterplanning of Sestao) to the micro (Postindustrial projects nearby).

It is proposed to decontaminate the area of intervention via phytoremediation, using vascular plants, and by extension ecosystems that contain them. A technique in which the vegetation absorbs the contaminant to metabolize it, preventing the release of these (phytostabilization). Being inorganic contaminants (metals, metalloids, and radionuclides), is only possible to phytostabilization or phytoextraction. The selected plants in the phytoextraction have been chosen for their ability to remove large amounts of contaminants and their adaptation to the environment in which they operate. This vegetation is fast growing, large climate adaptation and with the ability to absorb large amounts of water, allowing them to handle large amounts of dissolved contaminants, limiting the spread of contamination.

“The Machinic Grid” is the materialization of three-dimensional structures, in which the arrangement of the elements varies, and creates a raised modular mesh urban levels independent of each other, both from an aesthetic and functional point of view, which would be connected by a range of pillars crane in whose interior would have different mechanisms (elevators, stairs) that would enable the vertical movement. A city configurable, through use units that can adapt to the migration or mobility of its residents. This is the evolution of the global urbanization phenomenon, large scale architecture which overlaps the postindustrial territory in which it is inserted. This model city forms porous topography is based on adapting, overcoming infrastructure and its dialogue with the pre-existing. “The Machinic Grid” must satisfy three fundamental characteristics: be removable, adjustable and modified according to the wishes of its inhabitants.

Constructive processes are negotiated along the time. This process is based on economic and social changing context in spite of the building. A new community is developed through this uncertainty enviroment. This mechanism is based on process in spite of results. In this way, the architect is “who writhe the game rules”, and cityzens and councils are “the process agents”.




Sestao. Bilbao (España)

Eva Jiménez del Río
F. Javier Martínez Navarro
Marta Morera Matos
Pablo Sendra

Imágenes: Lugadero®

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