FlexHubDock: Barcelona in 40 years

By:  | December - 18 - 2011

The project was developed by IAAC students Carolina Aguirre, Xiomara Armijo and Carlo Caltabiano during the MAA Emergent Territories Studio directed by Willy Müller. FlexHubDock envisions Barcelona city 40 years later, with the Port Area as new Hub not only for commerce/logistics but for people and the city, rethinking it as a new social layer.

The FlexHubDock is the best example of how Port and City can coexist in harmony. A smart-shared surface will enable the Port area as both a Dock for ships and public Plaza. Depending on the needs for public space and activity as dock, it can be totally managed in real-time, by embedded sensors and network system that receives information of space requirements to begin its transition. In a single day the function and shape of the FlexHubDock can change several times and even share functions.

The solution is based on a new concept of shared space. Flexible enough to respond to the demands of the Port as Dock and as new Social/Mobility Hub; able to transform as the users interact as Agents, optimizing space in different time scales, receiving and processing parameters in real-time.

A Dock is usually associated as in the limits between the city and the water. But the FHD is able to somehow use the water as land, and transform this land into water, giving the city a whole new layer. Spaces can appear and disappear.

The FHD modular/parametric system, provides an adaptable additive structure open for future applications in other ports and cities around the world. The FlexHubDock Project aims to offer new possibilities, some perhaps still unimaginable today.

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