Assignment 05B: Project Definition – Performance, Program + Affect

Lets bring this great week to a close by processing our work in Granada and bring a more developed project idea back to Barcelona.

Please post the following work by Friday, July 8, 5pm, Category [05B GRX|BCN]


Please do the following work collectively.

Please see the post for Salvador Rueda’s BCNecologia_Presentacio Superilles definition and the J. of Urbanism submissionACADIA 2015 and ACSA 2016.

INTRODUCTION: Context, Problem and Purpose

  • Title: Two-word title
  • Purpose Sentences as typed paragraph: What is the problem, how is it applied to Superillas and social interaction? Who is affected (be as specific as possible); Why is it important, including social value? (highlight key words)
  • From each Primary category  (Uses, Demographic and Infrastructure) choose a secondary category. List qualities (processes) and indicate with a symbol if it is a fixed urban quality or an urban phenomena (human or natural)? Consider 1 indicator for each.
  • Choose 1-2 geometry inputs? (parcel area, height, sidewalk width, rail, bike, waterway) Hint: see OSM/ELK. This will lead to unit diagrams at GPS data point locations.
  • Small thumbnail pictures and/or narrow texture of swatch of qualitative image/material perhaps hinting at final output. Graphic hints: set the tone for the unit and highlight color here

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  • Outline: Diagram and or Google Sheet of Purpose / Primary and Secondary categories  / Qualities / Indicators (history) / On-site or Off-Site / Fixed or Phenomena
  • Literature Review: (3) 2 paragraphs of theory / reading (Password: Barcelona), specific then general.  Specific Paragraph 1  (hour glass): 1) idea; 2) citation; 3) further idea. General Paragraph 2: 3 sentences explaining how this applies to your project.  **Address ideas from the reading that include: downtown urbanism; Latour’s idea of attachment; Morales’s ideas on how the Eixample Plan Cerda works; Corner’s idea of adaptability with specificity; Jacob’s idea of unpredictability; Schartz’s idea of scenarios; Guallart’s idea of self-sufficiency (post); Jan Gehl’s ideas of walkability (post); or other ideas from the readings.
  • Research 22@ / Barcelona problems: 1- 3 recent articles as quotations or informational statistics (El Periodico, El Pais, other) (FYI, City of Barcelona is Ajuntament de Barcelona; Catalan Government is Generalitat).
  • UO Case Studies (optional), relevant with operations, workflow diagram, their purpose and plugins (citation as one image) Ex. Intergenerational Interaction PP 2014 or others from Barcelona Urban Design Program.
  • Comparative Statistics: Infographics to set a quantitative baseline big picture to small picture indicators to follow

BACKGROUND: Quantitative and Qualitative Baseline (statistics and info-graphics)

  • Qualitative media: picture (zoomed in) of your urban design characteristics (criteria)
  • Abstract scientific data: measurement of basic relationships, statistics related to measure quality (ex. 6:1 water to urban farming recommendation). Abstract and Baseline models.  Ex. Cost of water Barcelona / Granada. Ex. Overnight temperature difference, humidity, income per capita, etc. 
  • Policy Context: Catalan/Barcelona/ 22@ 10/10/10, BCNecologia_Presentacio Superilles,  Patrimonio (Generalitat/Ajuntament) vs comparative city such as Portland, Madrid, EU. Can you find relevant law or ordinances in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain or the EU
  • Planning Diagrams: visualize/organize relationships of your ideas in degrees of time, material, space and real-time data
  • Ecology: Bar charts and graphs may also be helpful, especially for quantitative contextualization and possibly comparison.
  • Timeline: Identify time relevance in periods (daily, weekly, seasonally, annually, multi-year) Corner Collage / Minard
  • GH Plugins: What GH plugins would be helpful (show their icon)?
  • Sensors (on-site): What sensors might be helpful? +Find online an example with script and prototype diagram. ++Inventory what you will need.
  • Real-time Data (off-site): What databases exist?


Qualities and indicators, plus Icons and Thumbnail image of quality (zoom). Coding for data dictionary. (Quality – conditions)

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Unit Module Diagram

  • Diagram a base primitive geometry unit approach: Intersection or Street (abstract or scaled)
  • Within the unit, create a module diagram testing the location of the indicator data: water catchment, air quality area, zoning use, street-level shop use, street trees, shrubs, running paths, exercise space, bike share station, metro station entrance, etc.

Diagrammatic List of Urban Characteristics / Indicators

  • In-situ, 6-8 (indicators), Icons
  • Off-Site, 2-4 at the small scale of 33m data point. Examples include: water collection, air pollution source, school, market, water source, etc.- found via municipal, digital, Yelp, Google), Icons

Barcelona Study Area 

(unit street and Superilla) – Poblenou / 22@ 

  • Propose three options for a Barcelona block and associated 3 x 3 superilles in or around Poblenous / 22@. (see superilles map at BCNecologia_Presentacio Superilles)
  • Exemplary Baseline Comparison area (Gracia, E. Granados, Alhambra, Pati Aigua, etc)


Landscape Catalog (due Monday, July 11): Photograph and catalog materials and urban furniture (high and low). Indicate phenome / phenomena it supports (Alday Jover) using databases on individual Google Drive per student team. (See post to follow of presentation of landscape material cataloging, Corner, McHarg, etc).

Blog category [05.1 Landscape Catalog]

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