Results of the assessments from Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) to the city of Saida
The Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) engaged in a technical assistance to the city of Saida regarding the organization of green and open areas, which concluded with the proposal of a system of public and green spaces with the analysis of two case studies.
This assistance was carried out by Mr. Joan Roig and Mr. Guillem Matallanas from Batlle i Roig Architects, with the support of Mr. Oriol Ribera from the Directorate of Public Space Services of the AMB and included two technical mission in the city of Saida.
The objective of the first mission, undertaken in May 2014, was the identification of the concrete subject of collaboration and the result of this assistance. Through discussions with municipal representatives and stakeholders on open areas, it was decided that the assistance would conclude with a proposal of a system of public and green spaces for the city of Saida in order to promote the creation of new public space, especially through interventions in two concrete areas of the city: the seafront and the inland corridor next to the old railway.
The proposal builds on the need identified by the city of Saida for improving not only the quality and quantity of public spaces but also the relationship between these areas and the city, by creating new possible uses of these areas by pedestrians with quality facilities and by making these areas a reference for the citizens of Saida. In the proposal the sea promenade is transformed into a wider and more attractive pedestrian strip, with dense tree strips and with improved access to the beach and the proposed facilities. As far as the corridor of the old railway is concerned, the proposal converts it into a green promenade that crosses the city from North to South, with a focus on pedestrians, while it includes criteria for the future re-planning of the Al-Wastani area, based on the definition and maintenance of green vertical corridors and green connectors that link it to the railway tracks and then with the seafront.
The proposal offers an integral view of the different green areas and public spaces of the city and applies connecting criteria that lead to the creation of a system of green areas and green corridors that enrich the ecological matrix of the city. The dossier with the proposal was presented to the Municipality of Saida and the relevant stakeholders in the second mission undertaken by the experts, on 20th June.