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Constructing Encounters

Mallorca’s western sandy coast, also known as Platja de Palma bay has been a successful holiday destination, attracting beach and sun holiday mass tourism. However as the yearly tourist number soars and human pressure grows, the residents lose the feeling of belonging to their neighborhood as the public space is prioritized for tourist use.

The project aims to recover the social role of public space in the city of El Arenal by transforming degraded public space into flexible and re-programmable facilities. The boundary between indoors and outdoors is blurred across the intervention site as a technique to smooth the physical and perception boundaries between residents and visiting tourists.

A new balance can be achieved between successful touristic activity and the unfolding of daily life by promoting a local tourism based on the exchange of human experiences.

Rethinking public space as a dynamic network of activity

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Constructing Encounters - Student Porjects | IE School of Architecture and Design
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