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Urban revitalization through cooperative housing process in assignment of use

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After decades of real estate bubble, an indiscriminate occupation of land and an ownership culture, PAX-Patios de la Axerquía proposes an innovative operation of gobernance that fosters a change of urban model consistent with the aim of Europe 20/20/20 and a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive City: from speculation to the culture of rehabilitation. The path of a multilevel co-management between public administration and social economy is on the basis of the acquisition and using vacant houses and public space. That means a model of energy transition through its social sustainability. The rehabilitation of the patio-houses of Axerquía, threatened by gentrification, means to restore the environmental value of the Mediterranean city and upgrade its history in contemporary key with citizenship: from its architectural value as World Heritage to its anthropological value as Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The complementary between innovative mechanisms of sustainable urban development opens a path of virtuous policies for densification of the existing city with the local population, generation of microemployment and support for collective projects that incorporate refugees and migrants in a solidarity system. Updating the urban, environmental, social and economic value of the traditional city is a step toward understanding the Mediterranean city as an undeniable value of our past and, at the same time, as an essential tool for our future in a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Europe.The project has been developed together with the Municipality of Cordoba for the first UIA call (Urban Innovative Actions)in 2016. Afterwards, it grew through a bottom-up process with the local stakeholders.

video Biennale di Venezia

citizens' meeting

Còrdoba, Spagna

Studio Redaelli Speranza architetti associati, Milano
Gaia Redaelli, Vito Redaelli, Anna Speranza

client (for UIA call 2016)
Council city of Còrdoba

in partnership with (UIA 2016)
Universidad de Cordoba
Federación Andaluza de Empresas Cooperativas de Trabajo Asociado
Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Historico
Instituto Universitario de Arquitectura y Ciencias de la Construccion de Sevilla

design team
Carlos Anaya Sahuco, Felipe García Leiva, Eva Morales Soler, Manuel Rodríguez Álvarez, Jacinta Ortiz Miranda

design phase
2016 - in progress

pubblished in: 15th International Architecture Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia