From 1st June to 7 july, the cultural centre “LA MONJA” at the Benemerita Universidad de Puebla (México) shows the itinerant exhibition “Baró de Viver & Bon Pastor. Urban Cohesion. Building Remembrance”. The exhibition is a first act of the 1st International Conference In Civic Participation in city making organized by Facultad de Arquitectura BUAP, Universitat de Barcelona and Re Genera Espacio
This exhibition is about how two worker’s neighbourhoods, two popular neighbourhoods, have faced the recovery of their social memory. That common memory that largely helps to explain where they came from, who they are and where they go.
The two neighbourhoods share origin. It was in 1929 when Housing Patronage of Barcelona, built four settlements of low income houses (called Cheap Houses). Two of them along the Besòs river.
The smaller one, Baró de Viver; the larger one Bon Pastor, first called Milans del Bosch. Barò de Viver referring to the Mayor of Barcelona at the time. Milans del Bosch in honour of general and Civil Governor of the province. All this during the dictatorship of General Primo de Rivera and when Barcelona opened up its second International Exhibition.
Baró de Viver and Bon Pastor are located at the North side of Barcelona, in the district of Sant Andreu. The arrival of the high speed train (HST) to the district of Sant Andreu, where there will be one of two stations in Barcelona, the new Sagrera station, will mean a turning point for the district.
The planned urban changes linked to this project have already begun to stress down their territorial reality. The changes will affect part of neighbourhoods of La Sagrera and Sant Andreu, and the limits between this last one and the neighbourhoods of Bon Pastor and Baró de Viver, along the large linear park overlying the railway line. Bon Pastor is also affected by a major project of urban regeneration: the rehousing of the inhabitants of all the low income houses in new buildings located in the same area.
Bon Pastor and Barò de Viver are completing the social and public space programmes within the Neighbourhood Act promoted by the Generalitat of Catalonia.
Previously the exhibition was shown in:
- 2017.- Seminario Internacional de Arquitectura. Ambientes urbanos y arquitectónicos. Universidad de La Costa, Facultad de Arquitectura. Barranquilla 20 oct – 15 nov. 2017
- 2016.- Congreso Internacional de Macrociudades. Buenos Aires, Facultad de Economía. 20-27 Nov. 2016
- 2016.- 2nd Aesthetic Energy of the City Conference. Centrum Nauki i Sztuki. Akademii Sztuk Pięknych LODZ 22/09 – 08/10. 2016
- 2016.- Barcelona. Facultat de Belles Arts. 12 a 21 sep.2016. Room Urban Design Master.