The proposal operates within the context of post-Lehman Brothers collapse (2008) Madrid, and seeks to offer alternative processes of design and development for the “ghost towns” that have emerged since. The result of the financial meltdown coupled with governmental policy allowing the conversion of formerly agricultural lands to urban land, speculative urban development boomed, seeing the investment of billions of euros into the creation of redundant transit infrastructure and poorly served peripheral housing developments.
The project offers alternative modes of design and development in this context and seeks to embed ideas of resiliency and temporality into the design of these failed developments. Heavy attention was paid to the physical design of these places, and how through the process of land forming and careful material selection, resiliency could be built into these otherwise fixed developments.
University of Pennsylvania