fdp_GLEANER-VOUCHER by Julia Cervantes Corazzina

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Title: GLEANER-VOUCHER

School: UNIVERSITY OF ALICANTE

Tutor: ENRIQUE NIETO

Year: 2012

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Reconstruction of the Street Markets’ system in the province of Alicante (Spain) in order to transform them into a technological, energetic and social infrastructure for innovation. We are going through a economic, social, energetic and political crisis. This is not just a moment of uncertainty; it is also the moment to build new realities and make it in a collective way. The proposal builds places for collective research within the city’s public spaces. Therefore, the street market may become the new place for Innovation. This is an urban entity of identities, affections and built over self-management. Thus, here are built social, technological, trading and productive relationships: Why don’t we make use of this networks in order to innovate on them? On the one hand, it is intervened within the protocols by means of which the Street Market Network works in the province of Alicante. Therefore, this place will become a place for goods selling and ideas exchange.

Therefore, we strive for the involvement of researchers, sellers and any other citizen in the innovation processes. For example: “in a research about a new tomato variety, researchers can develop their project in the street market and count on the help of a tomatoes seller or the woman buying them.” On the other hand, we strive for the energetic and technological efficiency of the street markets’ structures, stalls and lorries. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=m8n55MApX10 It is proposed, thus, a renting infrastructure of stalls and lorries for the walking sale which is very similar to the bike rental infrastructure.  The new street market stalls are technological urban structures and lorries use the power supplied by the sun collecting cloth fans. It is by means of this energetic skin that the whole power supply is produced: when the mobile stalls are not being used, they are left in a big management park where their batteries are meanwhile recharged. Furthermore, while these are being recharged, they can also work as spaces hosting other leisure and community activities (for example, these spaces can be hourly hired for a birthday’s celebration).

On the other hand, in order to allow the whole society to constitute a new urban entity of innovation, a new path of an existing tramway line is redrawn to connect all the street markets’ places to other areas that might have an important role in research: universities, industrial estates, touristic areas, farming spaces, etc. Inside this new tramway line cars, sewing machines, computers and other tools will be installed to allow researchers and any other person to post-produce the innovative products that have been bought in street markets and to contribute, therefore, to innovation. (Final Degree Project in Architecture by Julia Cervantes Corazzina. University of Alicante, Spain 2011-2012. Tutors: Enrique Nieto, Pablo Martí and Ignacio Ridruejo) (+info) (+info -project’s web-) (full submission)