Lifting a Spanish Urban Planning Ideal

A house on stilts: where have we seen this before? From

Emily D’Alterio brings us this post on a social housing scheme in Valencia, Spain. The idea of the design is that, by lifting it off the ground, it will create a social meeting space below. There will be small retail anchors which hopefully will “encourage spontaneous social interaction and the development of a strong community.” This idea is an echo of Le Corbusier’s Pilotis, which were meant to create public space under buildings, with mixed success. If this were in Brazil, that plaza would become an informal marketplace, but I don’t know if the same thing would happen in Valencia. At least there is the population density above it to create a critical mass. I’m a bit skeptical of this development, but I’d like to see it in ten or twenty years and see if it’s reached its goals.


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