The UGR enjoys a tremendous heritage, with historical buildings located throughout the city of Granada (Hospital Real, Edificio de San Pablo, Colegio Máximo de Cartuja, and Palacio de la Madraza, to name but a few). It owns places of historic interest (Alfar Romano and Hornos de Cartuja), places renowned for their natural beauty (for instance Hoya de la Mora in the Sierra Nevada mountains or the Sailing Club at the Cubillas Reservoir, or the Minas del Conjuro), plus other buildings and spaces located at different nodes (Cartuja, Centro-Fuentenueva, Aynadamar, Ceuta and Melilla) and newly-built (new facilities or institutes at the Health-Science Technology Park). The breadth and diversity of this heritage make it far from easy to structure the urban layout, connections or accessibility of the city, as they cause spatial discontinuity and call for a reassessment of urban landscapes.
Connected by Granada’s Metro light railway, the BioTic Granada Campus blends into the city, with its various centres located throughout the five existing campuses: Cartuja, Aynadamar, City Centre, Fuentenueva and the Health-Science Technology Park (PTS).
The UGR enjoys a tremendously rich heritage, in its buildings, its historic assets and its culture. To achieve this it will undertake a series of actions – based on re-urbanisation and landscaping, new construction, alterations, accessibility and eco-efficiency – that will firmly ‘anchor’ this heritage in the urban structure of the city. The BioTic Granada Campus will transform this heritage into architectural elements and urban planning of the highest quality.
Integration within the city of Granada has been a constant for the UGR. Its facilities are located throughout the urban fabric and clustered around specific nodes which are increasingly specialised.
The BioTic Granada Campus project is the highest expression of this specialisation, promoting improvements in urbanisation that achieve greater harmony with the local environment, creating new, high quality architecture, and reforming existing architecture way beyond the concept of a simple ‘container’.
The planning of University spaces will follow the Didactic Campus philosophy – from urbanism and the city, through precincts and open spaces, to the innovative building itself, and within it, further spaces, particularly the lecture room. There will also be a fresh approach to accessibility, both on and off-Campus, following criteria aimed at sustainability and respect for the environment and driven by the connection between the various BioTic Granada Campus nodes, the metro, and initiatives to encourage the use of public and alternative transport.
A further key dimension is the need for ‘info-structures’ in equipping a campus of this kind – at the leading edge of the information society – in the realms of e-learning, e-research and e-management. This is a cross-cutting objective aimed at providing infrastructures and ‘info-structures’ that will heighten the appeal of the Campus in every aspect, including teaching and research, leading to improved efficiency in the academic domain but also in terms of resources. It is also a tremendous opportunity for encouraging student participation.
On the other hand, accessibility is essential for the personal and professional development of people with disabilities or special educational needs. In today’s society, where ICT is increasingly used for work and leisure and where there is an ever-increasing choice of electronic services, ensuring accessibility of the new technological media is a key priority. To achieve this, an overarching ‘info-accessibility’ plan is required, with actions geared to removing – or at the very least reducing – the principle barriers to info-accessibility on University campuses.
Together, the different actions proposed will achieve the following objectives:
The transformational project BioTic Granada Campus is expressed in a series of actions that can be broken down into the following strands: