BIA Urban Regeneration Forum location:Bilbao date:September 24-27 2014
The dislocation of industrial and productive areas, together with increased real estate pressure on the existing urban fabric and a current economic instability, lead to policies of the conversion of post-industrial properties have becoming a critical issue in contemporary architecture and urban design. Due to the prime location and optimal connectivity of former productive buildings or properties within the urban fabric, many of these areas can potentially revitalize neighbourhoods, which explain why many of them are converted into public facilities. But a conflict arises when these existing industrial structures, designed to accomplish a specific use of private nature, are now adapted for public purpose, demanding different needs of permeability and public-private relationships at an urban scale. Different aspects that changed urban semi-industrial areas have been studied in the past, but the change of use along with the permeability and its relation to the urban fabric has been merely neglected. The focus will be to redefine the public space in the framework of this change of use, aiming on the necessity of carefully considering in-between spaces and the notion of collective space. The methodology is based on a theoretical framework and different mappings of the existing scenario. The aim is to disentangle the permeability raised in the regeneration of urban projects. This paper introduces an example carried out in Barcelona, Spain. A building built in 1709 for the Royal Shipyard purpose and being transformed over the years into a public facility, the Maritime Museum. This re-use is part of a long process that still raises serious concerns of permeability and adaptation in the surrounding urban fabric.