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

City Street3: TRANSITIONAL STREETS: NARRATING STORIES OF CONVIVIAL STREETS. (Call for Papers)

The recent acceleration of the world’s mobility has no doubt affected city streets. This is manifested in the increased rate of transactions, communication channels, trans-nationalism, and the unprecedented influx of refugees within ‘new’ contexts. Within this context, a pertinent question on transitional streets seeks to highlight their status quo and examine embedded stories reflecting realities, potentials and possibilities for conviviality.

Continue reading City Street3: TRANSITIONAL STREETS: NARRATING STORIES OF CONVIVIAL STREETS. (Call for Papers)

‘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’

Public space design for flooding: Facing the challenges presented by climate change adaptation

by Matos Silva Cabral, Maria (Ph.D. Dissertation)

Directors: Costa, João Pedro; Castel-Branco, Cristina

The urban phenomenon of floods is recurrent and is expected to be aggravated in the near and distant future, not only in light of climate change projections, but also if flood management approaches continue the path of “business as usual”. Facing this problem-matter, this research proposes the design of public spaces as a key component in the adaptation to current and expected urban flood events. Continue reading Public space design for flooding: Facing the challenges presented by climate change adaptation