Strategies for housing regeneration in city centres. An opportunity to incorporate bioclimatic criteria in Lavapies, Madrid (Spain)

Simon Rojo, Marian (2007). Strategies for housing regeneration in city centres. An opportunity to incorporate bioclimatic criteria in Lavapies, Madrid (Spain). In: "International Conference ENHR 2007. Sustainable Urban Areas", 25-28 June 2007, Rotterdam.

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Title: Strategies for housing regeneration in city centres. An opportunity to incorporate bioclimatic criteria in Lavapies, Madrid (Spain)
Author/s:
  • Simon Rojo, Marian
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: International Conference ENHR 2007. Sustainable Urban Areas
Event Dates: 25-28 June 2007
Event Location: Rotterdam
Title of Book: International Conference ENHR. Sustainable Urban Areas
Date: 2007
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: urban regeneration, rehabilitation, bioclimatic design, deprived neighbourhoods, Lavapies, historic centre, habitability, quality of life
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - Non commercial - Share

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Abstract

According to the OECD 1992 report about Spanish distressed urban areas, in 1992 17% of the vulnerable population lived in old neighbourhoods or historical cities centres. This paper explores different proposals and interventions to improve housing conditions in Lavapies (Madrid). From its very beginning Lavapies was a slum quarter, where dangerous and insane activities could be developed. Plots were progressively densified, with new constructions over what previously were house gardens (vegetables); and also by increasing the height of the buildings. Tenement houses (corralas) were originally the lowest level for ccommodation in Spain. Still now housing conditions are usually insalubrious and it is almost impossible for the sun and fresh air to reach inside the inner houses. Nowadays the quarter is targeted for low classes and immigrants, but also for bohemia people. Property is very fragmented and changes a lot. It is not easy to find ways of improving conditions without expelling traditional residents. The area has been declared of special interest for rehabilitation (with incentives and subsidies). The office in charge of rehabilitation has made studies to incorporate sustainable criteria in the process. But public intervention to rehabilitate residence buildings is really difficult to go ahead, so they concentrate on improving streets and public spaces trying to make the neighbourhood more appealing. Also some important public buildings have been renovated aimed to be paradigmatic. The paper focuses on the scale of the intervention, showing how habitability can be improved without changing morphology, by studying local conditions and by adapting the limits of each individual intervention to reach interaction between different plots.

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Item ID: 6670
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/6670/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:6670
Official URL: http://www.enhr2007rotterdam.nl
Deposited by: Profesora Marian Simon Rojo
Deposited on: 21 Apr 2011 08:14
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 15:53
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