Bachelor Thesis: paseo del betis: Sevilla Port Quarter

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Summer Semester 2022

Period: one semester

Content

Seville is the capital and largest city of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville. It is located in the fertile valley of the Guadalquivir River in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula and is home to about 1.5 million inhabitants. Seville has the only river port in Spain, which is of strategic importance for Europe, as it is a node in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). In addition, the port offers a cross-transport logistics platform with good sea and land connections and is expected to act as a logistics and industrial cluster with high potential for urban (re)development. Urban nodes bundle uses, functions and infrastructures and as such can potentially contribute to three pressing issues in urban areas: sustainability, spatial quality and spatial capacity. But how can such nodes be developed to maintain a high quality of life under changing climate conditions as populations grow and demographics change?

The B4 project: "paseo del betis: Seville waterfront" aims to develop new concept ideas for the eastern bank of the Guadalquivir River - also called Betis - along the Reina Mercedes campus of the University of Seville. The existing buildings, the location at the campus and the relation to the water make this special location an ideal testing ground for innovative and future-proof neighborhood concepts. 

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Task

In a first joint analysis phase, the urban context of the waterfront and the campus area is to be analyzed on different levels. Green and open spaces, uses, frequencies/flows of people, height developments and spatial edges, urban morphology, mobility and infrastructure, etc. are to be considered and understood at the neighborhood level and in an overall urban context. The conclusions drawn from this will serve as the basic framework of a sustainable design concept for the assigned focus area.

In the design, each student dedicates him/herself to one of the four equally sized 4 hectare focus areas (250 m x 160 m). In addition to dealing with the analyzed and site-specific strengths, weaknesses, potentials and risks of the plan area, the global trends in terms of quality of life, climate, demographics, mobility, economy and society must be taken into account in a harmonious and sustainable design. 

 
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Conceptually, this task focuses on the question of how the different requirements and needs for living, working and living space in the immediate vicinity of the harbor and the Reina Mercedes campus can be met, while at the same time carefully countering the past and preserving the collective memory of past times in terms of construction. Which uses are compatible with urban development and how can they be intertwined? What can a qualitative interplay between interior and exterior space look like? What grain and architectural design are appropriate for this harbor ambience? 
A central challenge of the design is also the conceptual examination of the topic of the transformation of the former harbor landscape and the conversion of the buildings.

 

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