Research

06.04.18, ETSAC, A CORUÑA
We all agree that the sheer volume of empty or underused sites, buildings and apartments in Coruna is directly compromising the urban quality of the city. New multidisciplinary approaches are needed to develop strategies for inclusive and sustainable urban renewal

  • The universal declaration of human rights enshrines adequate housing as a fundamental right, what strategies are there to claim that right? Taken literally, what are the consequences?
  • What form of design thinking can help recapture spatial assets for inclusion into public life and fundamental benefits to society?
  • What are spatial needs and how can they be identified and designed for new models of habitation?
  • What innovative models for advocacy using design and artistic interventions are available to help break current deadlocks between formal systems and the lived experience?
  • What role can social media, urban simulation, new imaginaries, story telling play in this?
  • What new models for ownership, or membership, can help integrate marginalised populations into the city? How is sharing luxury?
  • What can be said about the difference between commodity value and use value? What is the optimal balance between private, social and state owned real estate? Is affordable based on price or percentage?
  • What structural amendments are needed in order to implement theoretical concepts? What parallel systems are feasible? What are preferable outcomes?
  • What strategies and tools are needed to create mixed use, socially inclusive and vibrant cities open to all? 
  • What actor-networks are involved in the different case studies and how should they be affected from now to after the intervention? Can squatting be engaged constructively? How do you bring all social classes, political opinions, ages, genders, races...etc in a process?



Architecture

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 in 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

Sociology

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

Economics

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 Bruna



Economist, UDC

Ecology

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   

History

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

Activism

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


Architecture
Student

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

Geography

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
Beatriz 


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


 

 


Mark