The project generates a contemporary community for a democratic, sustainable suburban scene. Instead of proposing a pre-designed urban tissue, the project tenders a collective pattern based on a grid of gardens that structure the area as a big car–free island.

The gardens work as support not only for the built, but also for the many urban process that happen in the contemporary city.

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The Wildgarten neighbourhood is a 10ha area, with: 33% buildings occupancy, 10% private gardens, and 57% for shared open spaces, 933 living units are placed here, distributed in different housing types and size building.

The project calls for alternative to the conventional suburban free space that emphasizes not only in environmental friendly construction practices, but also in economic and social sustainability of the whole process as well as in an alternative mobility.

Therefore, our proposal is a minimal invasive intervention, that will develop over time according to society current needs, but never compromising the necessities of future generations: it will be a continuous process of small scale growth and appropriation, with autonomy in every stage. In a very first moment, the area will work as an urban park: we preserve the previous trees, and insert the matrix of gardens. A wide variety of actors (from large companies to individuals) can colonize these extrovert plots promoting a multi-scalar urban development.

As colonization, the initial structure of gardens reduces the scale of action, as well as the environmental impact on the existing landscape. We keep the nature we find in there, promoting it later through our gardens-matrix and continuity of the green open space for the community.

In next stages, the district will gradually grow around these gardens, configuring itself over the time. It will always work as a pedestrian area in the inside, leaving the road traffic out of it, and always connected with alternative mobility media: train, bus lines, bikes, car sharing... In a predominantly pedestrian area, distances are measured in minutes, not meters. Wildgarten offers parking, endowments and shops at a distance less than 3 minutes walk for the pedestrian.

The aim is to minimize the consumption of the site land, so that the gardens and the Allmende (the in between space) will be the main characters, and take more importance in human relationships and wellness: a porous city.

This Allmende is a shared open space for the community, with self-sufficient and sustainable centralized management. Since it will consist on green surfaces, it reduces the environmental impact, and it is a low cost maintenance space. But it is also a space full of significance: it is a reprogrammable space with appropriation capacity, which will turn into a symbol for the neighborhood, with communal identity and civic involvement as a basis for the production of urban development.

The new district involves citizenship in the management of their buildings and their surrounding open spaces, in order to promote the micro-identity with the natural environment, equal citizenship and social responsibility.
Participation is a cornerstone for the sustainable and democratic development of the area.

We understand urban planning as an open collaborative process in which everyone can be represented.

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