Category Archives: urbanism

David’s Guide to Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona, I hope this helps you get around easily. Barcelona is a city I fell in love with when I spent a year there studying activist architects. It is a lively creative and inviting place. Lately it has

David’s Guide to Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona, I hope this helps you get around easily. Barcelona is a city I fell in love with when I spent a year there studying activist architects. It is a lively creative and inviting place. Lately it has

Barcelona’s Superilles hit a snag

Last week I strolled through an experiment happening in the industrial Poble Nou neighborhood of Barcelona—a “Superilla” or “Super-island” where traffic is being diverted through nine city blocks to create a haven for pedestrians and bicycles. Oddly deserted, people wander

Barcelona’s Superilles hit a snag

Last week I strolled through an experiment happening in the industrial Poble Nou neighborhood of Barcelona—a “Superilla” or “Super-island” where traffic is being diverted through nine city blocks to create a haven for pedestrians and bicycles. Oddly deserted, people wander

Place-It with James Rojas

by James Rojas and David de la Peña Envisioning a Region It’s not easy for people to envision the region the live in, but if planners expect citizens to meaningfully participate in shaping it, that is exactly what needs to

Place-It with James Rojas

by James Rojas and David de la Peña Envisioning a Region It’s not easy for people to envision the region the live in, but if planners expect citizens to meaningfully participate in shaping it, that is exactly what needs to

Can Batlló

Since 2011, community activists in the Sants neighborhood in Barcelona have been creating and managing their own community space at the former textile factory of Can Batlló. I wrote about this experience in my dissertation in 2013, and also in “Participation

Can Batlló

Since 2011, community activists in the Sants neighborhood in Barcelona have been creating and managing their own community space at the former textile factory of Can Batlló. I wrote about this experience in my dissertation in 2013, and also in “Participation

El Carrito

From “Together We Design: Landscape Architects offer their best techniques for Transactive Form-making.” – project by Raons Públiques, Barcelona Spain Carrito is the Spanish equivalent of the French charrette, now more associated with public workshops than the carts used at the École

El Carrito

From “Together We Design: Landscape Architects offer their best techniques for Transactive Form-making.” – project by Raons Públiques, Barcelona Spain Carrito is the Spanish equivalent of the French charrette, now more associated with public workshops than the carts used at the École

#baixem

Working with LaCol, Raons Públiques, and Margherita Galante, this winning entry for the City of Barcelona’s competition Portes de Collserola (Gate 11) proposed an alternative and inclusive process for engaging the community around a public improvement project, calling into question the

#baixem

Working with LaCol, Raons Públiques, and Margherita Galante, this winning entry for the City of Barcelona’s competition Portes de Collserola (Gate 11) proposed an alternative and inclusive process for engaging the community around a public improvement project, calling into question the