Creative City in Suburban Areas: Geographical and Agricultural Matrix as the Basis for the New Nodal Space

By Juan Luis Rivas Navarro and Belén Bravo Rodríguez.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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The new urban configurations contain an interesting mixture of land that is more or less active. Flows between the different settlements draw open pieces on a map where the natural geography and agricultural spaces are trapped. They are forms belonging to a time when the relationship of field-city were clearer, and coexistence between urban and agricultural functions were easier. These suburban areas become necessary fields of possibilities for the implementation of new functions in this contemporary geography of our cities from the perspective of the city and also in relation to the new territorial dynamics, as well as in response to new social demands, cultural and economic. Creative cities, slow cities, areas of innovation, technology, cultural parks . . . these are some possible directions that allow these intermediate places to assume a new role in the map of centralities. The key to success in all of these projective approaches is the sensitivity to attend to the natural geography and their traditional agricultural subdivisions to reach out to become a real matrix of support: an "interesting space" to allow the temporary co-existence, the balance between past, present and future of these territories. It is ultimately the search for urban geographies where overlapping functions, rhythms, and human actions that have hosted these areas over time. Thus, it is important to observe geographic features, its main roads, and logical division of plots, valuation of its architectural heritage, its key organizational and landscape or spatial parameters. In addition, the "creative city" must conduct a programmatic search and a typological adjustment that means more competitive demands to incorporate innovative facilities and new collective architectures. So we can make compatible two fundamental tensions of the project: the responsibility for the history and inherited geography, and the sense for the occasion and the invention of a landscape deeply related.

Keywords: Urbanism, Suburban Area, Creative City, Landscape, Time, Multiscale

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.564MB).

Dr. Juan Luis Rivas Navarro

Assistant Professor, Urbanism. Higher Technical School of Architecture, University of Granada, Granada, Andalucía, Spain

Born in Sevilla in 1975, he was a graduate of Architecture from the University of Granada in 2000. He has been a researcher in the Laboratory of Urban Planning at this university since 2001. He received the First Prize in the International Competition of Architecture in Gran Canarias (Spain), in the 2006, “Flowpolis. The form of the nodal space.” His dissertation was read in November, 2009, with the title, "The traverse more transparent. The vision of the cities Cordoba, Malaga, and Granada from the street-city point of view." He has been a lecturer of the Postgraduate Program of Urbanism at the University of Granada since 2010.

Prof. Belén Bravo Rodríguez

Adjunct Professor, Urbanism Department. Higher Technical School of Architecture, University of Granada, Granada, Andalucía, Spain

Born in Jaén in 1981, he was a graduate of Architecture from the University of Granada in 2007. He has been a researcher in the Laboratory of Urban Planning at this university since 2005 and a collaborator in the First Prize-proposal in the International Competition of Architecture in Gran Canarias (Spain), in the 2006, “Flowpolis. The form of the nodal space.” He has been an associate professor of the E.T.S. of Architecture in Granada since 2010 and belongs to the Postgraduate Program of Urbanism of the University of Granada where he works on writing his dissertation on the southern district of Granada and its spaces of sociability.