Studio Class at AA School of Architecture
Studio Class at AA School of Architecture

URBANLAB – Startup Ecosystem Valencia

This project was developed by Juan Martínez Zafra as a student from Universidad Europea de Valencia and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

If I had to define the URBANLAB project in a single sentence, I would say that it consists of an action within the city where the main objective is to foster technological innovation through entrepreneurial projects with startups, activating the area, as if an urban laboratory were try and where to test new products or computer applications, obtaining results instantly and that allows to position the city of Valencia as a reference in innovation, in all its areas.

The project will be based on four essential pillars within the urban ecosystem: WORK, EXPO-LAB, LIFE, LEISURE. Entrepreneurs could test the products to draw conclusions from a data analysis by the end consumer, investors would have an urban area where to view many projects at a time and not be in different areas of the city privately, neighbors could through workshops to learn technological tools, while doing work teams in workshops to look for technological solutions to the different problems of the neighborhood, and lovers of technology, will have an urban space where they can learn the latest technological trends.

The intention is also to carry out activities and exhibitions in which urbanistically the area improves by activating it with this new use, as if it were an urban enabler. The project will be carried out through phased growth in our area of ​​operation of 128,000 m2. The intention of UrbanLab is not to reach and occupy much of the extension with program, but, little by little, to make it grow and develop as an urban activator within the city. In addition, seeking to be up-to-date in terms of innovation, we also seek to be respectful of the environment in terms of sustainability with 100% recyclable materials, dry construction, use of renewable energy, CO2 elimination zones, phased growth, reuse of an abandoned factory, collection of rainwater and stored, etc. It also seeks to generate a changing space of lights and shadows with the cover, which delimits the entire area of ​​action of the project but without there being a rejection of the inside and outside.