The 2011 Compostela Architecture Institute challenged a group of six international design students to cultivate a connection between the city of Santiago de Compostela and its new cultural complex three kilometers away. The city is experiencing a financial and cultural quagmire as a result of this 600 million euro project. Now that Peter Eisenman's Cuidad de la Cultura is more than 50% complete, city officials are concluding that the project will be more of an isolated architectural aberration than the international spectacle they had hoped for.
Discovering the two most direct, but distinctly different pedestrian links was the starting point for considering a cultural propagation between the civic dichtomoies. The aim of our interventions was to discover paths or events, blossoming from the existing pattern of the city, and qualified by various pauses, stimulating the experience of citizens and visitors.