This unique book, written by local experts in the city, deals with the transformation of Barcelona during the last twenty years. Barcelona has been held up as a model of urban planning and economic regeneration amongst built environment professionals. The redesign of square parks and streets throughout the city in the 1980s first attracted attention and praise and then the 1992 Olympics hosted in the city raised international awareness. The city received many awards and accolades including a Gold Medal from the RIBA. The selection of writings is well illustrated throughout with maps, drawings and photographs and will be of interest to architects, planners and urban designers as well as those interested in the social and economic impacts of regeneration.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Section 1: What Happened Section Introduction 2. Urban Dynamics, Public Policies and Governance in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona 3. Behind Barcelona's Success Story: Citizens Movements and Planners Power 4. Governing Barcelona 5. Ten Points for an Urban Methodology 6. The City, Democracy and Governability: The Case of Barcelona 7. The Planning Project 8. Public Spaces in Barcelona 1980-2000 9. Public Space Development in Barcelona - Some Examples Section 2: Present and Futures Section Introduction 10. Current Planning Projects Barcelona Regional 11. The Transformation of Poblenou: The New 22 District Section 3: Three Critical Perspectives Section Introduction 12. Urbanism, Culture, and the Post-Industrial City. Challenging the 'Barcelona Model' 13. Changing Course? Principles and Tools for Local Sustainability Bibliography
'Tim Marshall has assembled a series of papers that have in the main been published separately elsewhere and they provide a wealth of information ... There are many lessons to be learned from Barcelona and the book provides a useful summary of the major issues.' - John Billingham, Urban Design, Spring 2005