Case Study 6

Neighbourhood based urban development

Typology 6: abandoned building

Natalia Campos Ferro, Roi Hernández Zas, Daniel Caón Gomez, Diego Picos Carballeira

Research Questions
The Group uses sociological tools to investigate the potential for consensus based usage concepts for an abandoned pavillon in the center of Coruña which is owned by the government.

Research Methodology
The group focueses their research on the relationship of different parts of the government of Coruña (Concello and Xunta) and the various prior activation projects for their pavillon. Through newspaper research they conclude that the process having been stalled by political in fighting could receive new momentum by including the people of the neighbourhood in it’s development.

Consequently the group develops a sociological research framework including field interviews, inquiries, public forums and assemblies to develop consensus based usage proposals.


Desenvolvemento urbano baseado no barrio

Tipoloxía 6: edificio abandonado

Natalia Campos Ferro, Roi Hernández Zas, Daniel Caón Gomez, Diego Picos Carballeira

Preguntas disparadoras
O Grupo utiliza ferramentas sociolóxicas para investigar o potencial de conceptos de uso baseados nun consenso para un pavillón abandonado no centro da Coruña que é propiedade do goberno.

Metodoloxía da investigación
O grupo enfoca a súa investigación en esclarecer a relación entre as diferentes axencias do goberno (Concello e Xunta) e os distintos proxectos de activación previa que se deseñaron para este pavillón. A través da pescuda nos xornais locais conclúese que o proceso quedou atorado por mor de desencontros políticos e podería recibir un novo impulso ao incluír á xente do barrio no proceso.

En consecuencia, o grupo desenvolve un marco de investigación sociolóxica que inclúe entrevistas de campo, investigacións, foros públicos e asembleas para desenvolver propostas de uso enraizadas en consensos sociais.


Javier Harguindey

Interested in uncovering the links between forces that shape the urban environment (social, technical,…) with focus on the demographics and data.

Architect / Urbanist, UDC

Prof. Dr. Placido Lizancos

Interested in building up a research methodology to address key questions on identification and classification of the issue. Interested in understanding what has the "crisis" left behind and to establish a scientific method by which to address it. Interested in exposing academia to "real life" contexts and setting the teaching conditions to ensure that the classroom is not committed to supporting such practice that facilitates such crisis.

Architecture Professor UDC

Scott Lloyd

Interested in understanding the actions, networks and forces that give shape to the city. Interested developing new models of applied research to investigate the issue. Interested in the format of teaching to inform and empower the next generation of city makers.

Architect, MSc Arch ETHZ

Xosé Lois

Interested in analysing what can be done with existed buildings with the notion that each example is of itself a particular context. This takes into account the relations between different components of the systems that shape the building context.

Population and the role of Galicia in state policy where real state is one of the main economic motor of economic growth.

This is a very complex situation, we cannot propose just one question, as the project is develops, questions will appear. What kind of economic model we want? Rental or production? What kind of country do we want? We destroy our productive model and now we have a speculative model based on construction of space

Architect, UDC

Hans-Christian Rufer

Interested to create access to affordable housing. Interested in a multidisciplinary approach that corresponds to the complex environment of housing. Interested to use the architecture studio as a place to integrate the diverse range of partners into site specific projects.

Architect, MSc Arch ETHZ


Dr. Estefanía Calo

Interested in recovering links between the right to housing and the right to the City: both are under threat and both are required in order to achieve urban justice. Interested in establishing Empty Coruña? is a first stage to develop knowledge about how to resist this systemic threat against basic citizen rights.

Sociologist, UDC


Anxo Calvo

Is the market able to solve the problem by itself or should we be looking for regulatory solutions? What regulatory frameworks are available and appropriate for Coruña?

Economist, UDC

Roberto Castro Thome

Interested in the question of regulation as nothing is possible from a single bank with even the ethical banks that are trying to do something having no success. Furthermore interested in the Valuing agencies as they overvalued housing during the creation of the bubble.

Banker, Association Pro-Housing


Fernando Del Llano

Interested in researching the current conditions as an environment issue focusing on energy and economic point of view.

Environmental Scientist, UDC

Ángeles Longadera

Interested in researching energy efficiency, energy “pobreza”

Environmental Scientist, UDC

Urban Studies

Manuel García Docampo

Interested in investigating a research methodology that encompasses the three dimensions of: Agency – Processes – Objects

Sociologist, UDC   


José María Cardesín Diz

Interested in researching urban growth and development of 7 cities in Galicia during the crisis in order to compare them with A Coruña

Historian, UDC


Ricard Leonardo

Interested in researching the formal administrative tools utilised to frame and criminalize “illegal” occupation. Research should take a critical point of view and investigate what people do by themselves to solve the problem.

Architect / Activist


Michael Juan Sierra

Sonia Beltrán

Interested in researching the right to housing

Interested in researching the social problem of the crisis and how these are urban issues

Architecture Students / Mapping team, UDC


Amal Nnechachi

Interested in the human side of the crisis as hauman rights are being undermined. Drawing from experiences of colleagues who have suffered directly from the housing problems.

Cartolab UDC

Alberto Varela

Interested in mapping and understanding the effect of the crisis in the urban context in order to visualize the problem.  In order to identify the problem the social point of view should be taken into account through information tools and extend the study to other cities.

Cartolab UDC

Building Engineering

Santiago López

Interested in researching technical approaches to improving environmental issues and to minimize the environmental impact of empty buildings. There is a social interest in this approach.

We should complete empty buildings taking into account alternative materials and techniques and develop innovative environmental building techniques.

Building Engineer