Rhythm Re-design 

Barcelona has a large number of public spaces with different “rhythms” and qualities. With the YOLO-Detection Tool, we were able to analyze the rhythm of three spaces close to the city-center.  From this analysis, we proposed a re-design to each space that would change the rhythm and add specific qualitative values.

Rhythm: a strong, regular repeated pattern of movement or sound

The Rhythm of public space is defined as a composition of proportion, placement, and typologies of dynamic or static spaces.


In order to analyze the situation of the three places at the same time we recorded videos from 20.00 – 21.00. With the Yolo tool, we detected different objects and georeferenced their locations onto a map. The frames of the video allow us to understand the movement of these objects so we could categorize subspaces as static and dynamic.
We divided the three places into a grid with cells of 2 x 2 meters and defined each cell as either static or dynamic.  Using this framework, our detected objects were also categorized as static or dynamic.



Arc de Triomf

As an end result of our analysis, we were able to identify the different rhythms of each site. The results demonstrated that each space has its own unique rhythm that is influenced by the various layers that we measured.




Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis), is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled.

In our re-design proposal, each public space adds an element of another public space in order to create a new composition with an additional quality. Re-configuring these elements means that the proportion of static and dynamic space changes, hence changing the rhythm along with it.


The Comparison from the Rhythm of the free Places after the Re-design visualize the increasing Proportion of static users.

Rhythm Re-design is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master in City & Technology and Master in Advanced Architecture in 2019/20 by
Students: Jianne Libunao, Jochen Morandell, Francesco Polvi, Andrew Saltzman
Faculty: Aldo Sollazzo, Soroush Garivani, Iacopo Neri