Case Study 2

Recuperation of vacant spaces through the creation of temporary communal uses

Typology 2: Process in waiting

Álvaro Rancaño García, Pablo López Arias, Cristina Veiras Barreiro

Research Questions
The relationship of architect to the client was the main research interest in this proposal, comparing the classic architect-client relationship with a promoter to a new proposed relationship with the neighbourhood.

Research Methodology
This group combines an innovative forensics digital research with on the ground research of informal neighbourhood knowledge, found through in situ interviews of local bar owners. Using the time portal function of google street view, the group investigated previous states of the land, finding clues on its ownership and status of building approval records through advertisement boards and construction cranes visible on old google street view images. The group visualized in their action network drawing the relationships of the former and current owner, the neighbours, the architect and the council among others.

Using the existing law (article 2.2.7 of the PXOM) the group proposes a re-designed relationship of a new socially responsible architect with the neighbourhood. The citizens should be empowered in their work with the government and the current owner, in order to temporarily use the site with a public function, in this case as a temporary sports field.


Recuperación de espazos baleiros mediante a creación de usos temporais comunitarios

Tipoloxía 2: Proceso en espera

Álvaro Rancaño García, Pablo López Arias, Cristina Veiras Barreiro

Cuestións disparadoras
A relación do profesional da arquitectura co cliente converteuse no principal interese a investigar neste caso, derivando da clásica relación profesional-cliente cara á unha nova relación co barrio.

Metodoloxía da investigación
Este grupo combina unha innovadora investigación dixital forense coa investigación no campo dos coñecementos informais do barrio, atopados a través de entrevistas in situ cos propietarios de bares situados na zona. Usando a función do portal de tempo de Google Street View, o grupo investigou os estados anteriores da terra, atopando pistas sobre a súa propiedade e tamén o estado da historia de vida do edificio a través dos taboleiros de publicidade e dos carteis de construción visibles en imaxes antigas de Street View de Google. O grupo visualizou na súa rede de actuacións as relacións do propietario anterior e actual, os veciños, o arquitecto e o concello entre outros.

Usando a lei existente (artigo 2.2.7 do Plano Xeral de Ordenamento Urbano) o grupo propón unha re-deseñada relación dun novo arquitecto socialmente responsable co barrio. Os cidadáns deberían estar habilitados no seu traballo co goberno e co actual propietario, co fin de utilizar temporalmente o sitio cunha función pública, neste caso como campo deportivo temporal.


Javier Harguindey

Interested in uncovering the links between forces that shape the urban environment (social, technical,…) with focus on the demographics and data.

Architect / Urbanist, UDC

Prof. Dr. Placido Lizancos

Interested in building up a research methodology to address key questions on identification and classification of the issue. Interested in understanding what has the "crisis" left behind and to establish a scientific method by which to address it. Interested in exposing academia to "real life" contexts and setting the teaching conditions to ensure that the classroom is not committed to supporting such practice that facilitates such crisis.

Architecture Professor UDC

Scott Lloyd

Interested in understanding the actions, networks and forces that give shape to the city. Interested developing new models of applied research to investigate the issue. Interested in the format of teaching to inform and empower the next generation of city makers.

Architect, MSc Arch ETHZ

Xosé Lois

Interested in analysing what can be done with existed buildings with the notion that each example is of itself a particular context. This takes into account the relations between different components of the systems that shape the building context.

Population and the role of Galicia in state policy where real state is one of the main economic motor of economic growth.

This is a very complex situation, we cannot propose just one question, as the project is develops, questions will appear. What kind of economic model we want? Rental or production? What kind of country do we want? We destroy our productive model and now we have a speculative model based on construction of space

Architect, UDC

Hans-Christian Rufer

Interested to create access to affordable housing. Interested in a multidisciplinary approach that corresponds to the complex environment of housing. Interested to use the architecture studio as a place to integrate the diverse range of partners into site specific projects.

Architect, MSc Arch ETHZ


Dr. Estefanía Calo

Interested in recovering links between the right to housing and the right to the City: both are under threat and both are required in order to achieve urban justice. Interested in establishing Empty Coruña? is a first stage to develop knowledge about how to resist this systemic threat against basic citizen rights.

Sociologist, UDC


Anxo Calvo

Is the market able to solve the problem by itself or should we be looking for regulatory solutions? What regulatory frameworks are available and appropriate for Coruña?

Economist, UDC

Roberto Castro Thome

Interested in the question of regulation as nothing is possible from a single bank with even the ethical banks that are trying to do something having no success. Furthermore interested in the Valuing agencies as they overvalued housing during the creation of the bubble.

Banker, Association Pro-Housing


Fernando Del Llano

Interested in researching the current conditions as an environment issue focusing on energy and economic point of view.

Environmental Scientist, UDC

Ángeles Longadera

Interested in researching energy efficiency, energy “pobreza”

Environmental Scientist, UDC

Urban Studies

Manuel García Docampo

Interested in investigating a research methodology that encompasses the three dimensions of: Agency – Processes – Objects

Sociologist, UDC   


José María Cardesín Diz

Interested in researching urban growth and development of 7 cities in Galicia during the crisis in order to compare them with A Coruña

Historian, UDC


Ricard Leonardo

Interested in researching the formal administrative tools utilised to frame and criminalize “illegal” occupation. Research should take a critical point of view and investigate what people do by themselves to solve the problem.

Architect / Activist


Michael Juan Sierra

Sonia Beltrán

Interested in researching the right to housing

Interested in researching the social problem of the crisis and how these are urban issues

Architecture Students / Mapping team, UDC


Amal Nnechachi

Interested in the human side of the crisis as hauman rights are being undermined. Drawing from experiences of colleagues who have suffered directly from the housing problems.

Cartolab UDC

Alberto Varela

Interested in mapping and understanding the effect of the crisis in the urban context in order to visualize the problem.  In order to identify the problem the social point of view should be taken into account through information tools and extend the study to other cities.

Cartolab UDC

Building Engineering

Santiago López

Interested in researching technical approaches to improving environmental issues and to minimize the environmental impact of empty buildings. There is a social interest in this approach.

We should complete empty buildings taking into account alternative materials and techniques and develop innovative environmental building techniques.

Building Engineer