On the w@terfront: 2 more issues in RACO

Núm. 60/3 Bon Pastor. Civic remembrance (I)

water60_04_01-1.jpgThe spatial memory system in the neighborhood of Bon Pastor (Barcelona). Study of the White Center

Antoni Remesar, Bibiana Crespo



Following the development in 2011 of the Mural of Remembrance in Baró de Viver (Barcelona) the adjacent district of Bon Pastor, showed interest on having a symbolic and artistic element of similar characteristics. However, from the beginning, Bon Pastor neighbours expressed the idea that writing their remembrance should not be displayed on a linear support, but should be distributed by the territory. The research group of the Polis Research Centre started a participatory process (not completed nowadays) within the framework of cooperation agreements between the Centre, the Neighbourhood Association and the local authorities of the Sant Andreu district. At the same time, the theme of this “memory system and space” became a topic to be developed by one of the interdisciplinary and international teams of students of the Master Degree in Urban Design: Art, City , Society of the Universitat de Barcelona. This article presents the progress carried out.

Vol. 60, Núm. 5 (2018)

Cohesión urbana. Conectando vecindarios


Urban connectors Continuity Rambla Ciutat d’Asunción (2016)

Joé Luis Castro Mellado, Estefany Dávila, Rocío Arévalo



This paper presents the synthesis of an academic exercise aimed at the design of the main public spaces around the axis is the connection among the neighborhod of Baró de Viver and Bon Pastor: axis which results of the union of Rambla Ciutat d’Asunción, Carrer Fra Juniper Serra and peripheral areas. This project aims the provision of equipment and vegetation, relocation of parking and retrieval of public space in order to promote pedestrian movement and outdoor enjoyment of the community, aspects that are greatly diminished given the predominance of industrial landscape in the area. In addition, a participatory plan has been developed in order to promote acceptance and empowerment of the community concerning the public space project.


Territory; Urban and Social Cohesion; Sustainability; Citizen participation; Baró de Viver; Bon Pastor.

Urban connectors. Santander Street. A transformation project for Urban Cohesion (2016)

Germán Herrera, Margarita Malo, Constanza Olea, Carmen Santamaría


The urban design project proposed for possible intervention in Carrer de Santander seeks to provide quality public space, due to its peripheral location and its edge character., is not properly integrated into the various spaces surrounding it.
Along the street both residential and industrial zones are present. Integration problems between the street and these spaces are evident in situations such as changing number of vehicle lanes, lack of facilities, excessive use of street parking and the lack of pedestrian flow. As a result of these situations can be observed an important deterioration of sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, squares and parterres.
In this sense, through the reorganization of the space, its remodeling and the construction of new facilities, the project seeks to promote urban cohesion. The renovation of the public space will not only improve the urban quality of the sector and the connectivity with the neighborhoods nearby and with the rest of the city, but will also encourage the appropriation of this space by neighbors and the general public.
In order to favor urban cohesion, several specific and general interventions along the street are proposed: the widening of pavements, the construction of bicycle lanes, the implementation of urban furniture, the renovation of lighting fixtures, the reduction of areas of separation to a single lane and the planting of vegetation of a wide chromatic and olfactory range. Thus, these interventions focused on the generation of a public space that integrates the physical diversities of this and the different needs of its users.
The new sports facilities will also be another measure that will seek to integrate Santander Street with the rest of the city, with the objective of supplying the lack of spaces for the practice of minority sports in Barcelona.
The reorganization of the space aims to revitalize places such as the Mossèn Joan Cortinas square and allow the proper use of the Molinet bridge by pedestrians and bike users.


Urban Cohesion; Urban design; Public space project; Barcelona; Bon Pastor.

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