Urban Communities

The urban communities project was an interdisciplinary team project across product and interaction design as well as environmental architecture. The briefing was to propose a redevelopment for a public site in the Lavapies neighbourhood in Madrid (Spain), taking into account the locals needs and uses of the shared space.

The key insights came from a culture probe conducted in the neighbourhood and a series of street interviews with local residents.

The final concept makes efficient use of the space available to increase the heavily-used sports facilities, offer dog walking space without alienating non-dog owners and provide a meeting place to share stories and stay informed about local events.


Culture Probe


Initial concept sketches

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Final renderings

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2008, Ravensbourne

Additional resources:

Project Report (PDF)