RECVOLUCIÓ – Barri del Rec d’Igualada
BUUR and Lavola developed a proposal on the transformation of the Rec industrial neighborhood in Igualada, Catalonia. The competition, organized by the Architects Council of Catalonia, the city of Igualada and the IAAC, aimed at raising new ideas on urban renewal strategies for this neighbourhood, rich in cultural and industrial heritage.
The Rec of Igualada is one of the most important industrial neighborhoods in Catalonia. During the last decades, the decline of the textile and leather industries have left an incredibly valuable heritage partially abandoned. We face now a crucial historical moment. The current challenges demand for new strategies to open a new historical episode to the life of the neighborhood.
Our proposal reCvolution claims for urban experimentation, innovation and new processes to construct collectively the future of the Rec. Three urban revolutions can reveal the latent potentials of the neighborhood.
A productive reCvolution: a neighborhood to live and to work combining the traditional remaining leather industries, with the emerging creative economies (leather and fashion industries, designers, etc.) and research institutions. Development strategies were proposed on how to transform and integrate traditional manufacturing with new clean uses, as well as on how to attract new creative economies.
An ecologic reCvolution: the naturalization of the neighborhood blending it into the surrounding landscape. This is achieved by restoring the river valley for soft recreational activities, the creation of new small parks and squares, and the reconversion of the transversal streets into green arteries linking the city centre to the Rec neighborhood.
A cultural reCvolution: the cultural and architectural heritage is the DNA of the neighborhood. Engaged citizens have fought for its protection by raising awareness of its value, organizing festivals and other cultural initiatives. Capitalizing on these dynamics is crucial to accelerate the urban transition process. The construction of new public facilities, local services, and a wide range of housing typologies is basic to activate and inhabit the area.
The neighborhood becomes a pilot project, where new planning tools are used dealing with flexibility, temporality and alternative managing and funding methods.