Barcelona, Model and Myth by Viviana Narotzky

Viviana Narotzky

23 Oct. 2013

Narotzky speaks of the phenomenon of the so-called Barcelona model and the circumstances that made it possible. There were several models of the city: that of the Transition, which prioritised the emergency micro-interventions; the pre-Olympic era, in which the architectural and symbolic capital of today’s city was conceived; and the expansive model post-2004, which no longer had popular support. What explains the success of the Barcelona model is the consensus of a series of diverse interests (neighbourhood associations, professional town planners, architects, businessmen, local government) that coalesced to achieve the transformation of the city. As a result, a claimed public space was recovered for the citizens and a characteristic urban design evolved, becoming the Barcelona brand we now know.

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