Barcelona Studio publishes Public Life Study


Public life in Barcelona is vibrant, colourful, and diverse. Yet it is also contested, and many residents perceive that public spaces are under threat from the growing tourism economy, gentrification, commercialization and commodification.

Life in Poblenou: Observation and Exploration documents the methods and results of the 2018 summer design studio held by the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning—a class that assessed the current conditions of public life in Barcelona, applying systematic methods of public observation at four sites in the Poblenou neighbourhood: the Mar Bella beach promenade, the Ramblas of Poblenou, the Superilla and the Pere IV-Pallars intersection.  

Life in Poblenou: Observation and Exploration summarizes the student work produced throughout the course; starting with pre-trip exercises, and culminating with the design interventions at each of the four sites.

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