Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunia

P58 | BCN MAIN STREET. Passeig de Gràcia

by Nasr Chamma / Robert Garita / Mauricio Valenzuela  

The current position of Barcelona between the top 10 smart cities around the world is 10th. A new age already started in Passeig de Gracia and as a main street in the city, it should have a very intelligent relation between 3 topics, high density, commercial pole and mobility, and trying to be smarter to improve the quality of life, manage complexity, increase efficiency, reduce expenses, and later become an example for all other streets.
Commercial entertainment street = Consumer = Active street.
How to make it pro-active and productive in a smart way for a better space use, a dynamic street and an intelligent city? With using the “Street Protocol” like an interactive tool and a dynamic measurement system, the situation of the street becomes clear between 3 classes, Class C - Good, Class B - Smart and Class A – Premium, that makes the mapping part easier to focus after on some main sections; between Complimentary boundaries, Street layers, Transportation, Street Furniture, Street Commerce and the Cultural Historical Boundaries. By constructing a communication base in Placa du Catalunya, the data brain is going to receive live data every second and give status updates on Density, Traffic Patterns, Pollution Reports, Parking Reports, Parking Spaces, Water, Power and Light and so on, to transform the street by projecting different futuristic scenarios 2015, 2020, 2030, 2050 and 2072 etc. Watch – Collect – Send – Receive – Use.


Nasr Chamma , born in 1988, is a registered architect, critical researcher and an industrial and urban designer. He is also the founding director of Infinity Codes Architects (2011). He recently graduated from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya IAAC-MAA2013 in Barcelona. He has a master degree with honors from the School of Architecture at the Lebanese University in Beirut. He was invited to the Jaderji Awards, an event for the top graduate architectural students in Lebanon, where he achieved an honors certificate. He was part of many other international competitions. Lately he participated at the Wonderland-Platform for European Architecture in Vienna (2013). He works in the design field with Arc Group and Nour Architecture Company. He has written various articles, theories and diagrams, the latest one being “Identity by Architecture”. His researches and interests range between dynamic architecture, housing systems, high-rise technologies and industrial design on future urban scenarios for cities with social aspects.

Robert Garita is a Costa Rican architect, co-founder of MG Studio, member of The open innovation group (Holcim, Costa Rica) and professor of design in Veritas University, School of design, Costa Rica where he is Co-Founder and Chair of the Group in the Department of Architecture and Planning. In the Business Leader of the Year Award Founders of Success (2011) he received the Total Quality Award in the Architecture and Design Services Category. He is recipient of the International Master of Business Leadership Certificate (Guayaquil, Ecuador). He graduated from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya IAAC -MAA 2013. He has participated in many competitions and seminars the last one being the Total Quality Forum (2011) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He has many awards and special honors. His publications are divided between National and International reports.

Mauricio Valenzuela is a Nicaraguan architect with a Master in Advanced Architecture degree from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya IAAC-MAA 2013. He is co-founder of the Latin American architecture firm Estudio Hibrido with presence in Nicaragua and Ecuador, which has been developing projects of different scales for the last two years. He is also co-founder of Open Collective, an international and growing network for architecture and design research and education. He works as a professor of architectural design for cultural and commercial developments at the Universidad Americana with interest in innovative methods of teaching, developing or participating in several workshops and lectures related with the architectural design in different countries of Central America.