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Reprogramming the Public Space in Times of Covid19

There is no doubt that Covid-19 has greatly affected not only how we behave as individuals, but also how we use the spaces that were built for us. Now, the question is how these spaces can be returned to the community taking into account the security measures that must be strictly followed. At the same time, how can we design a space that is not only appropriate for this crisis but also for the unpredictable events that lie ahead?


This proposal aims to provide a paradigm shift due to unforeseen circumstances and preserve the essence of what we know as “public spaces”. The team selected Calle A, a long, unused corridor in the Zona Franca, as a starting point in their exploration of the design. The first step is to preselect various activities in Barcelona. He then continues to recreate them in a smaller scale of retractable hexagonal capsules that will be deployed throughout the site.

HexPods offer a wide variety of activities, such as temporary accommodation and small meetings that closely follow the security protocols imposed by the current pandemic. In parallel, the structural design of HexPods not only works under an elevated train rail but on any other existing structure that can be found in Barcelona.


Its flexibility in terms of location is unlimited. With HexPods, the perception of how we use public spaces is being reinvented without compromising our safety. With HexPods, the continuity of public spaces will not become obsolete but will adapt to the current state and the future.

It is a project of IAAC, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

Master in City and Technology, MACT 2019-2020.

Students: Byron Cadena, Jianne Libunao

Teacher: Willy Müller.

Place: Barcelona, Spain

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