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Plaza Mayor by MTM Arquitectos: Context-Sensitive Design in Madrid

Plaza Mayor by MTM Arquitectos: Context-Sensitive Design in Madrid | green streets | Scoop.it

Madrid-based MTM arquitectos have strategically planned the design of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid’s campus in the capital and largest city of Spain.

The Spanish studio’s proposal is laid out according to the university’s original plan centred on common spaces so as to ensure, through an integrated and inclusive urban development strategy, accessible focal points which serve to align both Madrilenians and faculty students’ interests, increasing social interactions.

MTM arquitectos’ forward-thinking approach to urban design aims to provide the campus with a legible structure and a distinctive identity. Built form is therefore used as a substitute to hermetic and restrictive borders in order to define accesses, as well as to create the stage for a compelling and spontaneous urban life.

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Leyteire Square, Bordeaux University: Creating an engaging urban space for the campus + community

Leyteire Square, Bordeaux University: Creating an engaging urban space for the campus + community | green streets | Scoop.it
The historical centre of Bordeaux University sets a new beginning : the Opération Campus begins with urban design at its heart.


These spaces are currently closed, intended solely for receiving deliveries, however the project intends to turn them into a lively heart of the University, where activites and interaction can take place, through a central green space.

This series of courtyards becomes a network of interactive spaces, as well as a part of the city : a number of facilities animate the center of the square (museum, café , amphitheaters) and contribute to its urban value. The addition of planted elements lends a human scale to the existing hardscape by providing shade, delineating paths, and acting to filter air, sound, and light that enters the space. This, in turn, combats the Urban Heat Island Effect, providing more pleasant interior spaces during the hot summer months.

In plan, a certain hierarchy is established between the wide-open center, and more intimate spaces along the space’s edges. This variety of spaces invites a wide range of activities common for a university campus, from eating lunch in the sun, to meeting with colleagues and professors, to hosting celebrations and festivals...


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