Following a heavy snowfall in the 1950’s, a large number of houses and earth in ‘Coso’, a higher region of the city of Murcia, Spain, collapsed. Gradually the inhabitants found their own ‘desired path’s’ in their daily traversing of the steep and difficult slopes left in the wake of the collapse. A large void had developed.
Monica Garcia Fernandez and Javier Rubio Montero of Como Crear Historias (How to Create Stories), a practice in Madrid, conceived a plan, and with the help of others, built a continuous pathway down the hill that would connect vital pedestrian areas. The gradient of the slope of the pathway provided a natural water flow of rain and waste water to ‘scubber’ ponds established at different levels. The ponds, containing riparian plants, filter and purify the water in its natural descent. At the bottom of the hill, water is received into a tank and, depending upon its analysis, the water is pumped back to the first pond to water a ‘living garden’. The garden has attracted frogs, birds and insects. A viewing platform has been built to capture the view over the pathway from the top of the hill.
’12 years of gestation; Four years of work; 93 site visits; 1.74 round the world travel to work (69,900 km traveled); 1,913 emails; 7,896 photographs; 3 prizes; 3 babies born within the technical team during the work …’ /