Bon Pastor (Barcelona) New public spaces in phase V of remodeling

At the end of 2019 at a meeting between the Association of Neighbors, the Pla de Barris and the CR POLIS of the University of Barcelona, it was agreed that the students of the Master in Urban Design of the UB, in the context of the subject Theory of Art Public, they would develop a job of assessing possibilities about the use program derived from the participatory processes realized in the neighborhood.
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Urban Images, the 4rth Aestehtic Energy of the City International Conference


Time has come to systematize knowledge about the role of images in the city. We believe that thinking about the city in the category of images – both ‘natural’ landscapes and visual screens – is highly desirable. Cities have always been filled with smaller or bigger forms of fundamentally traditional art (posters, wall decorations), as well as street art (more or less radical interventions). Some viewpoints, from which one can admire the city panorama, are top tourist attractions (instead of the most interesting places). Unfortunately, cities are often presented through a reduced number of images that are not very fortunate for them… We want to examine the mutual relations between the city and its images: those created for the city and those consolidating the city identity.

• types of urban images: artifacts, landscapes, maps, aerial photos, random photos, screens, advertising, set design for events etc.
• art genres in the city: poster, street art, mural, fresco, sgraffito etc.
• shapes of cities and their visual dominants: vertical (the biggest…, the highest…), horizontal (e.g. panoramic views), symbolic (e.g. architectural, sculptural dominants)
• lost symbols of cities (people, historical monuments, greenery, rivers etc.)
• intentional and unintentional city landscapes
• nature as an urban image
• city as advertising: places created especially for spreadable images
• changes that have been made in our cities thanks to images recorded on paintings
• art that is able to change the image of a city
• conservation problems of urban images
• city images by urban explorers

Please submit your abstract via email using attached AEC 4 Registration form. Abstracts will undergo a peer review for selection or rejection by the conference committee.
A printed publication of the Conference abstracts will be available at the Conference. Only the attending and registered delegates are going to be published. All abstracts (maximum of 400 words) must contain the title of the proposed paper, the name of the author, a brief cv including current affiliation and the contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address and email address).

All accepted and registered delegates will be presenting their papers at the Conference.
Presentations will be organized in sessions or panels of no more than 4 papers presented for 20 min and all followed by a 30 minute debate.

The publication of full papers will be prepared after the Conference and authors will be notified if their papers are selected for further publication. Depending on the subject, we offer printing selected, double-reviewed papers in magazines: “On the w @terfront” (University of Barcelona), “Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Philosophica. Ethica – Aesthetica – Practica” (University of Lodz).

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on the w@terfront. 3 new issues in RACO


2019 vol. 61/3

Roadmap for the Integration of the Vertical Plane to the Urban Landscape

Héctor Vázquez de la Rosa, Sofía Bastidas Mora

The Plan for the Integration of the Vertical Plan to the Urban Landscape describes the design proposals made for the improvement of the vertical plan of the public space of Bon Pastor, a Barcelona neighborhood that belongs to the District of Sant Andreu, bordering the Besòs River. From the vertical plane, we will focus on the cases of the dividing wall and the wall, specifically on those deficient surfaces of urban design quality in visual, thermo-acoustic, energy, environmental and sustainability terms.
However, with the intention of carrying out a process of integral design of the space, the solutions contemplate interventions in the rest of the envelope; in this way, for the improvement of the medians, the intervention in the façade becomes imperative, and in the case of the walls, the reformulation of the adjoining space. All this leads us to three axes of juxtaposed interventions to solve the same problem, for which we have deepened in the referents of treatment of vertical plane and other analogous models in the context of the city of Barcelona.
A first action will be the elaboration of the Plan of Color of Bon Pastor that affects the entire envelope of the building, exemplified by the dividing walls of the Felix Rodríguez de la Fuente square, the facades and medians of the buildings of the street of Mare Eterna and the facades of the housing estates of Lima Street. A second axis will involve the sustainable intervention of the La Colmena building, carried out by the architect Oriol Bohigas, as well as the surrounding housing estates, introducing the top plane of the public space through the green roof. Finally, a third exercise will include the reformulation of the persistent unresolved voids, which enhance the visual impact of the walls and medians to which they adjoin. This section will be developed through the generation of a ride in the current parking lot of Lima Street, the promotion of temporary uses in empty lots -proposed in the exercise through the realization of a cinema in the empty lot opposite the station. Metro de Bon Pastor- and the creation of a public space in the informal parking lot between Sant Adrià, Formiga, de l’Estadella and Flix streets, which will be associated with our citizen participation process.



Water61_2_1_1a.jpgJordi Henrich. A vision of Barcelona and its public space

Celeste Pereira Cubilla, Jordi Henrich
Jordi Henrich has been one of the protagonists of the development of the public space of Barcelona over more than two decades, both from his activity as municipal architect, architect of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona and his private professional activity. This article studies the characteristics of the public space – the ones it has and the ones it should have – through the gaze of this architect who creates the Barcelona that can be encompassed in the so-called “Barcelona Model”. It is organized as an interview that has been edited by the Editorial Board of the Journal to expand some references related to the development of the contents of the article.


Water61_1_1b.jpgFrom sculpture to post-muralism. Public Art Policies in Urban Regeneration processes

Antoni Remesar
The objective of this work is to address the relationships between the processes of urban regeneration and public art. A difficult and complicated issue due, in large part, to the polysemy of the two concepts, to the enormous disparity of political, urban and artistic practices, and to influence areas where the cultural vision of the empire predominates. As in other areas of the arts, and social and human sciences, in recent decades there has been a very uncritical consideration of the mainstream of the disciplines with respect to assuming the thesis of the literature from the US. and also, of the Anglo-Saxon world. As is well known, this bibliography is based solely on the experiences and reflections developed in its environment without considering what happens in the rest of the world. This attitude demonstrates the value of cultural penetration, imperialist, in the field of the referred disciplines. In any case, it seems pertinent to speak of urban regeneration from urban processes, developed throughout the world, after the Second World War. This concept brings together diverse and disparate realities, relating to urban practices for the renewal of urban fabrics, new fabrics and historical fabrics, within the framework of the processes of economic and social development that took place in the period from 1945 to 1973 , with an enormous impact on human growth -migrations and concentration of the population in a few areas of the territory- and on the physical development of cities, dominated by urban planning criteria and by the functionalist thinking of the Modern Movement in the framework of the consolidation of the Welfare State. These processes were based on the belief in physical determinism on the part of those who design intervention policies, in such a way that, based on this alleged link between physical and social aspects, “the renovation of the physical aspects of the neighbourhood was used to solve eminently social problems (for example, through the extreme case of demolition – same houses in good condition – and reconstruction) “(Pareja-Eastaway, M, 2007). It is in this context that we can also talk about Public Art. In effect, these urban transformations are closely associated with a set – diverse and differentiated – of artistic interventions on the territory and on the constructed, generally propitiated within the framework of public policies linked to Urban Regeneration. Finally, we will analyze the evolution of these relations, when the transition from industrial to post-industrial societies takes place in the context of the so-called “third industrial revolution” and the role that the political incorporation of marginal graffiti practices has had in the substitution? of the previous policies of public art in what we call post-muralism.









What are the monuments for?

Journal of a gadabout 16 by Dr. A. Remesar

Lefebvre (Lefebvre, Henry, 1973) pointed out the contradictions inherent to the monument. He defends it insofar as it “projects on the ground a worldview and a transcendence, a beyond“; but he rejects it because when it “organizes a space, colonizes and oppresses its surroundings”, (… and) “full of symbols it offers them for contemplation (passive) and social conscience when they are out of date and have lost their meaning“. Continue reading What are the monuments for?

[Camp de la Bota] Parapet of those executed (1939-1952) by F. Abad

Journal of a gadabout 15 by Dr. A. Remesar

30 years ago, on January 26, 1939, the avant-gardes of the Navarre Army Corps and the Moroccan Corps arrived at Tibidabo. Barcelona, ​​bombed multiple times, stretched at his feet, exhausted and without an army to defend it. The official organisms of the Republic and the Generalitat had been evacuated on the 22nd. The remains of the republican army tried unsuccessfully to defend the Llobregat river line. Continue reading [Camp de la Bota] Parapet of those executed (1939-1952) by F. Abad

“Mataró Ideal City” by Jordi Henrich, wins the contest for Centre Development Strategic Plan

Ending 2017 the Mataro`s City Council launched a contest in order to draw a  strategic plan for the centre of the city.

“The aim of the Ideas Contest is to design a strategy and a model that includes economy, urban development, architecture, mobility and economic, cultural and social development in its actions to allow the city centre to be put forward as a motor of cultural activity, of trade and tourism within a single discourse that revalues its legacy of history and heritage.
The selected proposal will become the strategic instrument to develop the Mataró Centre Development Strategic Plan”. Continue reading “Mataró Ideal City” by Jordi Henrich, wins the contest for Centre Development Strategic Plan