This project was aimed at finding and analyzing sub used spaces such as markets, sports centers, subway stations and abandoned buildings. Such a space poses certain questions and problems on different levels for its use, users, purpose, owners, benefit, and budget are unclear. Usually sub used or abandoned spaces are undetermined both publicly and privately.

The sites we studied were empty spaces with visible overlaps in their definition and dysfunction. These are interstitial sites forming their own delimitations testing the idea of border and limit. The traditional reaction urban planning has had towards these spaces has been to ignore them, abandon them, or to disarticulate them with interventions lacking meaning or purpose. Of these three, disarticulating the site is the most harmful. This work shows the amount of spaces with potential to be reused and it’s aim is that these sites may find their urban ecotone, that is, they become spaces with multiple possibilities exploiting their lack of definition between two or more urban ecosystems overlapping in it.

In order to achieve this, we took four examples of each use (market, sports center, subway station and abandoned building) that represented their lack of use depending on the day and the time, the borders and frontiers blocking a certain fluidity with the public space and the deterioration they present due to abandonment.


Project: Rozana Montiel
Collaborators: Alin V. Wallach | Sebastián Pérez | Rita Sarzedas | Adriana Carvalho
Project Year: 2012