Barcelona at ground level (Barcelona a ras de suelo), new book by Danae Esparza, available in December

City ground design , which is usually studied from a purely technical perspective and linked to the materials and their characteristics, is a key element in the construction of the image of the city, whether by repetition and extension -the case of panot in Barcelona-, or by individualization and intensity-as it happens with special  or artistic pavements. Continue reading Barcelona at ground level (Barcelona a ras de suelo), new book by Danae Esparza, available in December

Barcelona: Polígonos de Vivienda (Barcelona: Housing States, II) New article in On the w@terfront vol 57, nr 2. Published in RACO

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Public space in housing estates: Montbau and Ciutat Meridiana (Barcelona)
In Barcelona, ​​the estates of massive housing evolve in different typologies that culminate in the period of maximum immigration between the years 52 and 75, with the greater production of housing and the development of large groups that are developed based on the functional city, The standardization of the housing unit as a strategy of economic efficiency and the unitary nature of operations, which in typological terms is translated into the adoption of a repetitive and serial composition based on the isolated block and spaces of great extension between the buildings Destined to green area, which brings as a consequence problems with a disjointed position with the rest of the urban fabric, little definition of the public space, lack of equipment and collective infrastructure. The application of this standard as an efficient solution to the demand of housing from a quantitative aspect, will have as a consequence urban groups that will have different results in their processes of future integration to the city, reason why it becomes necessary to determine and to discover which are those other factors that facilitate or hinder the set of events and processes to become pieces of city. Continue reading Barcelona: Polígonos de Vivienda (Barcelona: Housing States, II) New article in On the w@terfront vol 57, nr 2. Published in RACO

Barcelona: Polígonos de Vivienda (Barcelona: Housing States, I) New article in On the w@terfront vol 57, nr 1. Published in RACO

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Some aspects of housing policies in Barcelona
The city of Barcelona experiences during the 20th century an immigration phenomenon that has repercussions on the  problem of housing deficit, which has become especially significant since the 1950s by a series of political, economic and social factors. One of the ways to address this deficit will be through so-called housing states (polígonos) that
define a new relationship between housing and city, and that will have a strong urban impact with the formation of a new periphery and the formation of metropolitan Barcelona. Continue reading Barcelona: Polígonos de Vivienda (Barcelona: Housing States, I) New article in On the w@terfront vol 57, nr 1. Published in RACO

The Miró’s pavement of the Ramblas (Barcelona), shrine to the memory

 

After the attacks of 17, the population of Barcelona and many tourists have turned to present their respect for the victims. Flowers, candles, objects and written memories, has filled various makeshift altars across the Ramblas. Continue reading The Miró’s pavement of the Ramblas (Barcelona), shrine to the memory

Tourism Phobia?

In the summer of 2017, three major issues have focused the public sphere (public opinion) in Barcelona. The strike of the access controllers at the airport, the inexhaustible saga of the referendum of October the 1st and tourism phobia.
On this last point, some direct actions of youth groups linked to the CUP have on social networks and print and broadcast media.Tourism represents approximately 15% of GDP in the city and, therefore, it is dangerous to give the image that tourists are not welcome in Barcelona.
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But citizens reactions against tourism are not new, several years ago persist, as the ecological footprint of tourism is felt increasingly.

 

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2014 “We make beach” Neighborhood Network of Ciutat Vella
 “The beach and its surroundings become massive tourism consumption products: every time thousands of rent lads occupy large areas of the beach in a new mode of privatization and commercialization of the public space. And a place where the false moral of some prevent such natural and ancient practices as nudism, practiced without problems during our days on our beaches. Snack bars and bars extend their invasive terraces along the litoral, while everyday commerce disappears shifted by stores of souvenirs and fast food. Even mobility is conditioned by an avalanche of vehicles such as rental bicycles, segways, go-cars and others, which fill the narrow streets of La Barceloneta and the entire Passeig Marítim, as we see in all the Old Town . Added to that is the expulsion of neighbors transformation storey house in tourist apartments, a drama that denounce years. This practice, which destroys the social fabric, coexistence and living conditions, has recently risen in the neighborhood of La Barceloneta, a series of protests that come to blaze with the increasingly numerous voices against a city model that ignores the neighborhood and only seeks the benefit of a few”.
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2105 La Barceloneta

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BCN (Barcelona)  prohibit / Promote 

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The best shop in the world
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Gaudi – Sagrada Familia
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Gaugi- park Güell
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Domènech i Montaner- Hospital de Sant Pau
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Cruise ships
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F.C. Barcelona
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Summer time

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La Barceloneta

In a context

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Of political corruption
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“jail Barcelona”

 

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All cops are bastards

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Against urban corruption

000DSC06149.jpgEspai Jove Boca Nord is a youth and public equipment belonging to the Horta-Guinardo District that aims to respond to the needs, concerns and demands of young people.
From Espai Jove Boca Nord we intend to provide services for the youth of the district and the city with resources and spaces that dignify the conditions of the young people. We talk about 2,300 m2 of young people and young people. We talk about a model of equipment that has resources to offer spaces and highly singularized programs. Continue reading Against urban corruption