IAAC SMART CITY

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BESOS

By Giannakopoulous Sofoklis, Niccolo Marini, Georgios Soutos, Gyorgy Bukosdi, Levidis Stefanos.

Situated on the edge of the Ronda del Litoral highway, on the banks of the Besos river and confined within the stretch of land that separates Barcelona from Badalona, the site acts as both a border and a link between the two. The Besos river reaches the site already heavily polluted with residue from nearby agriculture, industry, mobility and domestic use. The air quality is low due to CO1 and CO2 emissions from the highway and the industries surrounding the site. Most of the activities and qualities that characterize the site are manifested as flows: matter, products, energy, people and water. The site is an interstitial ecosystem of flows, an ecosystem at a state of pause that needs to be calibrated and relayered in order to perform again. The project seeks to rearrange these flows by using the river and the landscape that drives it as the base and starting point of the intervention, the design proposes a landscape that responds and adjusts to real-time pollution data.
A series of tools/devices are designed in order to rearrange the landscape and purify the air and water through the help of specific plants. The river is un-canalized and redirected in meanders, lowering the speed of the waters and creating wetlands that treat the water in the way. The highway splitS in a similar way to the river, in order to better serve the uses of the site and reduce the harmful emissions. Crossing paths for pedestrians and cyclists are introduced in the new natural landscape to invite the residents and the people working in the vicinity to use the area as a park. A network of sensors that measure the pollution and direct the landscape are installed on the site. As more sensors and devices are introduced over the years the landscape becomes more responsive and adapts dynamically to battle the pollution and accommodate the ever-shifting uses that occur in it.