The case of VALLEC/KAS, Madrid

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In times when the economic crisis and different administrative problems are leaving behind ghost cities and abandoned extra-large urban projects, it is urgent to start reflecting to react. Provoking discussion among young urban planners and other related professionals is very important to open up more up-to-date and innovative solutions, by thinking about short and long term solutions for our cities and their future. The burst of the housing bubble in Spain has triggered a deep crisis for the city as a project. One of the most important casualties of the economic crisis, P.A.U de Vallecas - one among the main six large areas which were previously planned to accommodate overestimated urbanisation for the city of Madrid – was chosen as the focus of discussion and study during the 4th European Urban Summer School. By analysing and diagnosing the present situation, the main challenge of this project was to find urban design solutions for this area by assessing quality of life through physical parameters.
Strategies For the Post-Speculative City : Proceedings of the 4th AESOP European Urban Summer School, Madrid, Spain, September 2013
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