The vanishing infrastructure.The new ground of theSagrera High-Speed railwaystation in BarcelonaThe current railway station mega-projectin Barcelona Sagrera highlights the linkbetween the construction of the new High-Speed station and a vast linear park thatwill cover the existing railroad tracks. In theframework of one of the largest and mostambitious railway and urban redevelopmentprojects currently underway in all of Europe,this article focuses on the subordination ofthe Station to the park, which apart frombeing a mere issue of location (the stationis literally under the park), can be reframedwithin a theoretical debate on the role ofarchitecture in these truly significant urbanregeneration processes. The titanic size ofthe park illustrates its overwhelming powerof transformation. Moreover, it reveals anunderlying vision of the city, which connectsdistricts at the surface level and views thepark as a cohesive element and urbanshaper, while the architecture disappearsunderneath this new ground level.Questioning how architecture can stillmatter in contemporary big-pictureplanning, the article first reports on thetwo adjacent planning processes, thenargues for a transfer of representational,symbolic and architectural values fromthe station to the park. This achieves theintegration between the park and thestation at an iconic, imaginary level, ratherthan at the effective level of design. In thissense, the disappearance of the station,which is frequently identified with the park,questions how architecture can fulfils thepromises of such large-scale projects. Finally,this article assesses how, in the case ofSagrera, disappearing seems to be the rightanswer for architecture, in order to reconcilemassive investment in infrastructure withthe new paradigm of sustainability.
|Numero di pagine||8|
|Rivista||TRASPORTI & CULTURA|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2014|