Where the city changes its name. New ideas for the public space in the Bon Pastor neighbourhood

This series, titled as the novel by Francesc Candel (1957), desires to help to build up an account of the many experiences of neighbours in order to improve their living conditions, giving visibility to the work on memory retrieval developed in many neighbourhoods and recover the spirit of belonging, solidarity, dignity and struggle.

Thursday, November 29, at 7:00 pm, at the Bon Pastor Library.

Organized by: Bon Pastor Library, Polis Research Center (UB) – Master Urban Design (UB)



  1. The district of Sant Andreu presents the candidacy Baró de Viver- Bon Pastor to the call of the Llei de Barris de la Generalitat. The project is approved but the crisis paralyzes the planned investments. In this application, a series of actions on public space (Urbanization of civic axes, coverage of the Round belt) different from those that were underway regarding the process of replacement of houses in the Casas Baratas.

Our research centre (POLIS) launches the Urban Cohesion project, consisting of the investigation and proposal of possible solutions for some of the spaces contemplated in the Llei de Barris’ proposal. To do this, the subject is introduced in the curriculum of the Master in Urban Design and, thus, the University becomes a “laboratory of ideas” for the future development of projects.

Employment and social services policies are not enough to boost the urban cohesion of a territory. The simple design of parts of the territory is not enough to concretize urban cohesion. Neither one nor the other. Both, if we want to avoid that the territory tends to social segregation and we do not want to assist the degradation of the territory, no matter how tactical urbanism we use.

The works start from this idea, although, as a result of a Master in Urban Design, prioritize in “city-making”, the design and construction of public space that will enable territorial integration. A public space that will become a guarantor of visibility, accessibility and connectivity between the neighbourhoods of Baró de Viver and Bon Pastor and of them with the rest of the city. A public space that integrates the residential space and the productive space.

The projects propose a base of ideas so that, the cooperative and participative work between neighbours and administration, advance in the cohesion within the framework of the process of urban regeneration of this territory.


By Sofía Bastidas (Ecuador), Héctor Vázquez de la Rosa (España). 2018

Problem to study

To study the possible landscape solutions for the large number of party walls and existing walls in the neighbourhood in the context of EDUSI strategies (Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development).


The Plan for the Integration of the Vertical Plane to the Urban Landscape, are described the design proposals made for the improvement of the vertical plane of the Bon Pastor public space.

From the vertical plane, we will focus on the cases of the dividing wall and the wall, specifically on those areas that are deficient in 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 urban surroundings. In this way, for the improvement of the party-walls, the intervention in the façade becomes imperative, and in the case of the resto of walls, the reformulation of the adjoining space. All this leads us to three axes of interventions juxtaposed 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.

Project plan

1.-Initial study of a possible Colour Plan for the Bon Pastor, including green walls, that affects the entire envelope of the building.

2.- Sustainable intervention in the La Colmena building (by architect Oriol Bohigas) as extension view-point of the exhibition space in the Casas Baratas.

3.- Possible intervention in the adjacent fabric, introducing the zenith plane of public space with the intention of thriving in the design of green roofs.

4.- Reformulation of persistent unresolved voids that enhance the visual impact of the walls and medians to which they are attached.



By Natalia Dueñas (Ecuador), Paola Ojeda (Venezuela), Katherine Pineda (Ecuador). 2018

Problem to study

Ciutat d’Asunción is one of the main urban axes of the territory. In its encounter with Formiga street and its continuity in Fra Juníper Serra, the street presents an aspect that does not conform to Barcelona’s design standards: a square that is no, space occupied by parking, areas without support for one comparable vertical plane.


The project aims to give greater prominence to the pedestrian space, decreasing the parking space, connecting and upgrading existing spaces and facilities to generate quality public spaces for the Bon Pastor neighbourhood, as proposed for the urban axes defined in the 2009 plan.

Project plan

Public space design project has different areas of execution:

1.- Arrangement of the “space-square” in the street of the Formiga

2.- Integration of the existing nursery garden in Formiga Street to the proposed “space-square”.

3.- Creation of a walk in the street dels Cresques that will connect with the Rambla Asunción and Mossen Cortinas square. The walk would include the proposal of an underground parking in Calle dels Cresques. Proposal of a built module dedicated to the local commerce in the street dels Cresques.

4.- Redesign of the section of the next streets: Juníper Serra, Torrent de l ‘Estadella, Cresques, Formiga, Josep Finestres, expanding the pedestrian space and giving special emphasis to the design of the vertical plane.


By Trilce Fortuna (Perú), Mónica  Rojas  (Costa Rica), Amaury Veira (México). 2018 

Problem to study

The Littoral belt represents a barrier, literally insurmountable, that physically and visually disassociates the neighbourhoods from the Besòs River, which has been, and should continue to be, an important reference point for these neighbourhoods.

The Guayaquil walk, does not attend to its qualification as a walk since it presents / displays irregularity drawn up of the pavements and discontinuity in the materials used, lack of urban furniture along the walk and bad space lighting. The existing vegetation is consistent, but there are sections left without trees, due to the death of some of them that need replanting. Therefore, this walk does not comply with the idea of a Riverwalk, apart from being away from the river by the ditch of the Littoral Belt.

In addition, the zone of the industrial estate, inserted between Baró and Bon Pastor, generates a change in the urban fabric, its quality and the dynamics of the public space. The layout of its streets does not allow the proper encounter with a possible and real Riverwalk.


To provide neighbourhoods with an axis of quality public space able to promote their connection and the approach of the neighbourhoods to the Besòs River.

Project plan

A partial coverage of the Littoral belt is explored, with the aim of creating an arborized and pedestrian promenade between Bon Pastor and Baró de Viver.

1.- The walk would have a series of viewpoints to facilitate the contemplation of the fluvial landscape and the urban front of Santa Coloma.

2.- A series of pedestrian bridges would allow more fluid access between the two banks of the river.

3.- The walk would improve the encounters between the streets of the industrial estate and the walk itself with the aim of improving the urban quality of the industrial estate and facilitating the connection between Bon Pastor and Baró de Viver and, also, with Sant Andreu.

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