Alicante, Spain

On Roundabouts

46% of grass categorized as green area in the city of Alicante is located at roundabouts. This research discloses quantitative and qualitative data that reveal the social, economic, cultural and environmental deficit posed by roundabouts for the city of Alicante.

However, our research also discovers the potential of these roundabouts to become useful spaces capable of providing the city with multiple benefits. The analysis of the current public transport system reveals the potential of these spaces as intermodal nodes that would resolve the current lack of connection between the different means of public transport. Moreover, the very nature of the roundabout as connector of urban axes makes it a visual landmark in the city. On the other hand, Alicante roundabouts have two peculiarities that we find especially interesting. First, the roundabouts are linked to each other by boulevards with commercial premises on both sides, which is revealed as a characteristic scheme of the city. Second, these roundabout-boulevard axes tend to coincide with the boundaries between different neighborhoods. Nevertheless, despite the commercial and connecting potential of these axes, the research shows a less pleasant reality: currently 53% of the shops are empty, and the relationship between the neighborhoods is very weak.

Year: 2012
Co-authors: Javier Campoy, José Moyano, Pablo Tejeda
Exhibitions: WATCH We Are The City Heroes (El Claustro Cultural Center, Alicante, Spain; September 2013)
Related design: Mediterranean Itinerant Market

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 Relation between green areas and roundabouts in Alicante:

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The design and management of the roundabouts in Alicante means a social and economic deficit:

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Environmental performance of the roundabouts:

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Roundabouts as an opportunity for the city:
Visual importance of the roundabouts as urban landmarks:

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Potential of the roundabouts as intermodal nodes of the public transport system:

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Current lack of connection between the different means of public transport in Alicante:

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Relation between roundabouts and boulevards (axes):

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The axes: roundabouts + boulevard + commercial premises

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Research on commercial premises in Zone 1:

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