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Public space regeneration strategies: The case of Salou

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    Identificador: PC:2529
  • Autores:

    I. de Rivera
    N. Salvado
    D. Lorenzo
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    Autor según el artículo: I. de Rivera; N. Salvado; D. Lorenzo
    Departamento: Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura
    Autor/es de la URV: DE RIVERA MARINEL·LO, INÉS; N. Salvado; D. Lorenzo
    Palabras clave: Ecologia Desenvolupament sostenible Ecología Desarrollo sostenible ecology Sustainable development
    Resumen: Salou, which is one of the many highly specialized tourist resorts located on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, is a hundred kilometres south of Barcelona. Within its narrow boundaries of 1.481 ha, Salou hosts 7.4 million overnight stays per year and is home to 52 hotels. A ratio which ranks Salou amongst the tenth most visited municipalities in Spain [1]. Distance from Salou's historical town centre, the area of Carles Buigas Avenue (CB) emerges as being the heart of the municipality's tourism and leisure industry. Salou developed, as did so many other Spanish coastal touristic locations, during the sixties and seventies as a consequence of the increasing demand for sun and beach destinations amongst the European and Spanish middle classes. Unfortunately, the "ageing" of this built up area clamours for close attention today. The visible physical degradation of the property is becoming a cause for concern and preoccupation amongst the main property owners and investors: public administration, hotel managers, shopkeepers and neighbours. Hotels emerge as the key problem within the set physical boundaries of this study. They occupy approximately 50% of the total land surface, 28 out of a total of 52 hotels within the town being concentrated in that area. This accumulation of hotels also breaks the particularity of the predominance of second residences which is so customary along the Spanish Coast. This paper delves into the data and proposals obtained from analysing the public space of the CB area. Similarly, as a consequence of the previous analysis, a set of proposals for intervention are also presented. The proposals are conceived to be developed within different time scales, in response to political and social willingness and economic capacity. The objective of the work is to induce an urban and tourism paradigm shift in the area, thus facilitating the emergence of a new tourism model. Solutions are urgently needed to provide specific answers to a particular scenario, which has similitudes to those of other Mediterranean Coastal Developments specialized in tourism activities, which too, after being operative for more than forty years, are suffering from deterioration or abandonment. Despite it still being an open process, the study understands that due to the complexity of the committed task and the scale of the area, the goal will require the active commitment and collaboration of the property owners (administration, hotel managers, investors and neighbours).
    Grupo de investigación: Arquitectura, Territori i Paisatge
    Áreas temáticas: Arquitectura Arquitectura Architecture
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    ISSN: 1743-7601
    Identificador del autor: 0000-0002-5458-5644; N/A; 0000-0002-4176-8759
    Fecha de alta del registro: 2017-01-19
    Página final: 945
    Volumen de revista: 12
    Versión del articulo depositado: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
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    DOI del artículo: 10.2495/SDP-V12-N5-933-945
    Entidad: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
    Año de publicación de la revista: 2017
    Página inicial: 933
    Tipo de publicación: Article Artículo Article
  • Palabras clave:

    Desenvolupament sostenible
    Desarrollo sostenible
    Sustainable development
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