Five young design studios, five locations and five 360 ° scenarios - composed of two visions: dystopian and utopian - to imagine the Valencia of the future

What will Valencia be like in the future? How will technology affect urban architecture but also agriculture? What will public spaces be like in 2030? How will mobility and roads evolve? What about tourism?

The Valencia 360 project, conceived by World Design Capital Valencia 2022 in collaboration with Futur·lab of Las Naves, seeks to answer these questions by presenting five 360 ​​° scenarios, composed of two opposing visions - dystopian and utopian - , conceived by five young design studios chosen to interpret five places in the Spanish city, catapulting them into a (not too distant) technological and at the same time sustainable future.

Visions of 2030 in 3D

From February until June 2022 in the spaces of the Las Naves social and urban innovation center in Valencia and usable on line, via smartphone, computer or viewers for virtual reality, the immersive exhibition Perspective 2030: Imagining the Valencia of the Future opens the debate on the future of Valencia. And it does so thanks to a call open to new generations of architects, designers and artists. L target? Imagine - and display - a healthier, more sustainable and shared city.

The call, the selection and the interpretation

The independent organization Non Architecture has selected five young studios of designers and architects, both Valencian and international - and together with them has developed a series of graphic visualizations dedicated to different representative places of the city and their evolution in the future. Each team has reinterpreted an urban space with their own distinctive style, creating a 360-degree image .

Artwork at 360° between utopias and dystopias animate the discussion

With artwork that can be viewed in 3D with a great visual impact, the images submit to the general public questions of fundamental importance for the future of the city of Valencia - and around the world - such as the impact of technology and virtual reality, the scarcity of resources, desertification, climate change and natural disasters but also tourism. To encourage discussion, young designers were asked to design works composed of two halves: one dedicated to what they believe is a utopian future and the ' the other a a dystopian vision.

The five young studies

The Valencians Quatre Caps, C•Lab Atelier and Rarea, the architect from Zimbabwe Lloyd Martin and the Ex Figura design studio, made up of Portuguese and Italian architects, are the young teams chosen to develop futuristic works, composed of architectural visions and urban design, technology and nature, centered on the city of Valencia in the year 2030.

Disruptive visions and powerful messages

With a average age of just over 30, the professionals were chosen for the disruptive nature of their proposals and for the power of the message they want to convey to the world: from the need for growth sustainable to the dangers of irresponsible mobility, the effects of technology on the architectural environment, but also on urban relationships between people, up to the promotion of (vertical) agriculture that uses less and less natural resources, to protect the local and global ecosystem.

The five places in Valencia reinterpreted

The city center (Plaça de la Verge), the Torre Miramar, the beach, the fields cultivated (and therefore the agricolture) and the new riverbed of the Turia River are the five places in Valencia imagined by the five teams: future visions, proposals and reflections on how design and architecture can help create technological, functional and sustainable cities, urban and at the same time immersed in greenery, (increasingly) virtual but (physically) shared, at the aim to generate a greater well-being widespread and aware.