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.
But citizens reactions against tourism are not new, several years ago persist, as the ecological footprint of tourism is felt increasingly.


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”.
2105 La Barceloneta


BCN (Barcelona)  prohibit / Promote 


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


La Barceloneta

In a context

Of political corruption
“jail Barcelona”


All cops are bastards







Round table “Urban Governance and Citizen Participation”, at the UIU “Smarts Cities: Innovation, Climate Change, Urban Planning, Governance and Creative Participation” (07/14/2017)

Last week (10th-14th july) the UIU organized the “Smart cities: innovation, climate change, urban planning, governance and creative participation” course in Barcelona, ​​attended by about 30 students from Five Universities that make up the UIU.

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Water and Public Space International Symposium

Now available videos of the presentations delivered at the Symposium.

You can choose to consult in our site

Or in the site of the Water Research Institute (Universitat de Barcelona)

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Veronica Crousse New Dean, Faculty of Arts and Design

Veronica Crousse (at the right of the image) at the end of a remembrance ritual act in the sculpture “The crying eye” by Lika Mutal (Lima, 2010)

Since July the 1st, Veronica Crousse, is the new dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Artist and academic she was awarded with a CUM LAUDE to ther doctoral dissertation (2001) Reencontrando la Espacialidad para el arte público en el Perú. Barcelona: TDR (tesis doctorales en red). Recuperado de,  Continue reading Veronica Crousse New Dean, Faculty of Arts and Design

‘Attractive Cities: Successes and Conflicts’

third edition of the Summer School ‘Attractive Cities: Successes and Conflicts’ organized by the University of Bicocca-Milan and the University of Barcelona next July 2017.

The aim of the Summer School is to provide a critical analysis on urban attractiveness from different perspectives: Economics, Sociology, Urban Planning and Cultural Management. Continue reading ‘Attractive Cities: Successes and Conflicts’