EMUVE

Euro Mediterranean Voids Ecology

European Union European Commission
Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) Cardiff University United Kingdom

 

 

The European research project EMUVE (Euro Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology), developed at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) of Cardiff University and funded by the European Commission of EU, focuses on the territorial abandonment processes produced by current economic crisis along the Euro-Mediterranean coastline and the search for innovative methodologies of urban reactivation from flexible, resilient and collaborative approaches.


The European research project EMUVE (Euro Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology), developed at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) of Cardiff University and funded by the European Commission of EU, focuses on the territorial abandonment processes produced by the current economic crisis along the Euro-Mediterranean coastline, and the search for innovative methodologies of urban reactivation from flexible, resilient and collaborative approaches.

EMUVE has developed research on several case studies in Spain (Andalucía and Barcelona), France (Marseille) and Italy (Rome), with references to previous experiences in the UK in London and Cardiff. Each case was defined under a distinctive conceptual approach which portrayed how the current economic crisis has impacted on the urban realm and the resilient dynamics, as a reaction to overcoming these urban degradation processes, which are needed. The cases have been compared from their different socio-political contexts, spatial organization, programme strategies, economy of the territory and governance systems, in order to understand their previous failures, present struggles and feasible successful dynamics.


During the current year 2015, a second stage of EMUVE, called EMUVE+, is under preparation. The aim is to apply to the Innovative Training Network (ITN) Marie Curie Program-Horizon 2020 of the European Commission. EMUVE+ comprises an interconnected and complementary doctoral network of six research groups of European Schools of Architecture: WSA (UK), ENSAM-Marseille (France), Bartlett DPU (UK), PoliMilano (Italy), Liege (Belgium) and ETSAB Barcelona (Spain).


At the present time, EMUVE is embedded in the Taula of Eix Pere IV. Its work within the Taula is organised through the urban analysis of the opportunity areas which Poblenou provides at small, medium and large scale, with the aim of finding innovative strategies in order to regenerate Eix Pere IV. Its analytical and proactive work in Eix Pere IV is reported by the European cases of study which have been developed by the EMUVE European project. The current economic downturn and its devastating effects have given the paradoxical opportunity to rethink the modern city from the understanding of the complex balance between all the factors which take part in it. In the coming years, citizenship, social economy and cultural identity will play a major role in the development of a resilient future urban design.

   

Euro‐Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology (EMUVE): Nouvelles stratégies de régénération territoriale pour l’Etang de Berre (Marseille)

Hodebert L, Wulff F, I Quaderni di Careggi, UNISCAPE (Italia)

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EMUVE European Research Project. Barcelona Case: Post-crisis collaborative design processes and community self-management strategies for urban regeneration

Sustainable City 2015. 10th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (Abstract).

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Paisajes Culturales Post-crisis: EMUVE

Wulff Guirnaldos Arquitectos: Intervenciones paisajísticas en Paisajes Culturales y puesta en valor de espacios públicos.

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MArch2 EMUVE Euromed Unit Brief

Teaching Unit Euromed-EMUVE. Master in Architecture 2, 5th Year, 2014/2015. In collaboration with Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Marseille-ENSAM (France). Part of the European Project EMUVE (Research throught the Teaching Unit on Architectural Design) .

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Euro‐Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology (EMUVE) Paper Presentation

Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship 2013-2015.

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EMUVE European Research Project. Social Identity values for Self-management strategies in post industrial reactivation: Campo Boario (Rome) and Can Battlo (Barcelona)

Federico Wulff Barreiro and Melina Guirnaldos.

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BARCELONA: EXPOSICIÓN EN EL MUSEO DE HISTORIA DE BARCELONA (MUHBA)

Euro-Mediterranean cities are facing a profound change which goes far beyond the current economic crisis. The collapse of previous public urban management models and the degradation and abandonment processes in many of these urban contexts have proven that in addition to a profound revision of their economic and governance models, a change of the scenarios and values is needed that will determine their futures for decades to come. To deal with this present scenario, new recovery strategies of urban experimentation, able to respond to current complex systems of social, environmental, economic, topological, and symbolic relationships, should be found for the post-economic crisis landscape of the Mediterranean coastline. Planners, urban designers and policy-makers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of exploring innovative urban regeneration methods based on renewed synergies between citizenship, with their concerns and needs, the urban spaces where they live, the public institutions in charge of urban management, planning and design, and a more responsible role of the private sector. These innovative multiscalar, adaptive and socially-engaged interventions could act as catalysts for future development of coherent strategies for urban regeneration on a larger scale with a sustainable impact over time, and improve their resilient capacity to respond to present and future challenges.


From 2013 to 2015, the IEF Marie Curie European research project EMUVE (Euro Mediterranean Urban Voids Ecology), developed at the Welsh School of Architecture of Cardiff University and funded by the European Commission, focused on the territorial abandonment processes produced by current economic crisis along the Euro-Mediterranean coastline and the search for innovative methodologies of urban reactivation from flexible, resilient and collaborative approaches. The case studies were located in Spain (Andalucía and Barcelona), France (Northern district of Marseille) and Italy (Mattatoio and Progetto Forti in Rome), with reference to previous experiences in the UK, in London (Hackney Wick) and Cardiff (Cardiff Bay). Each of the cases was studied using a distinctive conceptual approach which portrayed how the current economic crisis has impacted in the urban realm, and the potential to overcome these urban degradation processes. Comparative studies were conducted of the cases from their different socio-political contexts, spatial organization, programme strategies, economy of the territory and governance systems, in order to understand their previous failures, present struggles and the resilient underlying dynamics that would provide a successful future.

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