Renewal of Avenida Salvador Allende
Fortuna (Murcia), 2007
A forum of flows.
To the unitary character that the intervention has longitudinally, areas with different gradients of specificity are superimposed, mediating to generate the place’s new identity without forgetting its function and history as a thoroughfare. These spaces carry out their role as recreation and play areas, as the setting for events and celebrations, as didactic and touristic showcases of the town’s resources all while providing a high quality environment where daily action takes place. And they are tied and interconnected by two bands which are set laterally to the street and turn into continuous surfaces designed to highlight the flowing character that the road confers to the place and to guarantee the accessibility of all sorts of pedestrian flows.
The proposal responds to the citizenry’s reasonable demands for places that are both environmentally and socially sustainable, producing a green forum. Thus the number of trees is doubled to create an almost continuous canopy to provide shade and freshness along the avenue. A comprehensive network for retrieving and accumulating rainwater is designed, so that the town can count on a self-sufficient supply of water for watering and maintenance. The pavement is made out of natural and recycled materials, like stone, concrete and rubber. On a social level, the diversity of spaces guarantee their continuous use.