What will València be like in 2030?

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TOURISTIC AREA: City of Arts and Alameda

What will Valencia be like in the future? How will technology affect our physical environment? What will the public spaces of the future be like? How will mobility evolve and how will it affect our streets? The PERSPECTIVA 2030 exhibition: Imagining the Valencia of the Future brings together the visions of five teams of artists and designers in the L’Horta, the beach, the city centre, the new Turia riverbed, and the Miramar Tower. These are the five sites in the city in which to imagine the future and thus reflect on how design and architecture can help us to create more sustainable cities with better well-being. 

And they can all be seen in 3D architectural renderings that are as striking as they are challenging during the month of February at Las Naves. The images can be visited using a smartphone, a computer, or Virtual Reality glasses. 

With this project, Las Naves materialises its alliance with the World Design Capital Valencia 2022 that began just a year ago with the open call for five studios to carry out the creative exercise of imagining the Valencia of the future

Non Architecture has selected five teams of designers -Valencian and international- and together with them has developed a series of visualisations of various locations in the city of Valencia. Each team, with a different graphic style, has represented this space in a 360-degree image, allowing the spectator to have an immersive experience. 

The Valencian Quatre Caps, C•LAB Atelier, and Rarea; the Zimbabwean architect Lloyd Martin and the young design studio Ex Figura, formed by two Portuguese and Italian architects, were the teams selected. 

The chosen professionals, with an average age of barely over 30 and eager to learn about innovative solutions for the design of spaces and architectural visualisation, were selected for the ground-breaking nature of their proposals, all of them with the focus on València, and the powerful message they want to launch to the world in each one of the contexts: from the need for sustainable growth to the dangers of irresponsible mobility for public roads, passing through the importance of local production, the effects of technology on the built environment or the preservation of the market gardens. 



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    Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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The call "València 360" invited teams of students, professionals, artists... of up to 5 people interested in developing, together with Non Architecture, stunning panoramas that explore València in 2050: people who are curious about public space and the future of the city, capable of generating images that transmit excellence, and are excited about design and architecture and interested in creating knowledge from design. 


EXFIGURA - L'Horta Tomorrow 

Agriculture continues to be a major threat to the sustainability of the planet. Its disproportionate use of water and land is responsible for the endangerment of countless species and the disruption of ecosystems, both regionally and globally. As life disappears, the landscape becomes a total void. 

If agriculture does not change, what does the future hold for society? 

In Valencia, l'Horta could be protected by moving production to high-rise buildings. Vertical agriculture, through its artificial efficiency, could produce more food, with greater variety, using almost no resources. These towers could become the new icon of the city of Valencia: an innovative vision of agriculture, aiming for a bright future. 


C-LAB - “To be, or to visit, that is the question” 

Following the trend in other European cities, the city centre could become a theme park for tourists. Productive activities and capitalist dynamics would transform our historic square into a consumer-oriented place. 

However, another square is possible. Sustainable mobility, urban renaturation, clean energies, and alternative residential models can transform the square into the "place to be". A reproductive city model will show the friendlier version of the square where anyone can be "al fresco" by the fountain, stroll in the fresh air or buy local products. 

Welcome to Plaça de la Verge, the place to be or to visit, you decide. 


Lloyd Martin - Torre Miramar 

Exploring a more grounded approach to utopian/dystopian discourse, the design evolved into urban solution-based narratives to the problem of the Torre Miramar roundabout. 

The dystopian vision explores the current model of additive engineering urban design, temporarily solving problems related to transport and connectivity. 

The utopian vision reclaims the roundabout through a transition to automated vehicles and investment in sustainable infrastructure, providing a unique opportunity to progress beyond fossil fuel-based urbanism. Enabling a unique and welcoming public space, catalysing an important piece of public and social infrastructure, and linking fractured elements of the urban environment. 



Year 2050. Posing civilisation as a disease for the planet, we describe a future where utopia and dystopia swim alongside each other and can barely be differentiated. 

Utopia + Dystopia 

The world's population has not stopped growing, political decisions continue to be made according to short-term results. Nothing has changed. The well-being and comfort of humanity are the priority. We are at the beginning of a storm. 


Dystopia + Utopia 

The year of change as the only way. The extreme phenomena of climate change are evident and constant. Society sacrificed its way of life, so that future generations can exist in this place. With humanity confined and isolated, vegetation and nature thrive again. 


Rarea - Malva-rosa 2.0 

As the online existence of individuals is strengthened, the communities they participate in also become intertwined with virtual space. What previously could be understood as a 'placeless' interaction on the web, now takes on a solid presence, as the idiosyncrasies of a collective are allowed to take root in a 'place' that is clearly perceived as habitable. What happens when these communities form a city? What would this virtual layer of the future Valencia, with its deeply social culture so well represented on our coast, contain? Welcome to the risks and benefits of Malva-rosa 2.0, the virtual beach of Valencia. 


Las Naves, Calle de Juan Verdeguer, Valencia, España

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