This book collects the Final projects of UIC Barcelona School of Architecture's students in the academic year of 2014/2015. A set of 31 projects divided into three academic groups with the aim of transforming of a conglomerated urban territory made up of the towns of Mollet del Vallès, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Martorelles, Sant Fost de Campsentelles and La Llagost in Barcelona. Projects have been directed by the architects and teachers Miquel Lacasta, RJuan Trias de Bes and Alberto T. Estévez. The book includes texts by Alvaro Cuellar & Pere Vall.
Historically, peri-urban environments have been the backyards of dense, well-planned medium-sized cities. In these areas, increasing entropy is the principal problem. Hard edges between infrastructures and industries on the one hand and preserved landscapes on the other are common in the urban periphery of Barcelona.
A huge part of the contemporary urban scenario is situated in these complex areas. Accordingly, the Final Project in the 2014-2015 academic year at the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture sets out to offer a new opportunity for the backyard of a conglomerated urban territory made up of the towns of Mollet del Vallès, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Martorelles, Sant Fost de Campsentelles and La Llagosta. This extended area is also known as the River Caldes South Logistics Park.
Our body of research represents a cutting-edge urban approach that involves agriculture, productive and geographical landscapes, mobility and energy infrastructures, business and housing developments, commercial complexes, and social and cultural facilities. A final-year design studio cannot provide a detailed solution for each part of such a major challenge, but it may be able to suggest guidelines for a prospective thesis.