Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Barcelona: urban management

Managing inner city decline

• Urban regeneration

The demolition of old buildings and their replacement with new land uses


• Contemporary Art Museum

• Olympic Village

• New shopping malls: Diagonal Mar

• New hotel and university

• Pedestrianised areas e.g. Raval Rambla

• New Parks and open spaces



• Urban renewal

Renovation of buildings of cultural and heritage value e.g. former monasteries and convents

• National Library

• Contemporary Culture Centre

• Government offices

• Schools

• Exhibition centres

• Transformation of the old harbour. The area occupied by warehouses and docks was transformed into a new leisure area (Maremagnum), and linked to the historic centre of the city.

• Renewal of parks and open spaces e.g. Eixample block interiors


• Brownfield potential

Land formerly occupied by factories


• Olympic Village

• Olympic beaches

• 22@ High-Tech zone

• Diagonal Mar hyper-community and shopping mall

• La Maquinista shopping mall

• Universal Forum of Cultures 2004


Managing outer-urban sprawl

• Land use planning controls


• Greenbelt development restrictions

• Natural Park development restrictions

• Collserola Park development restrictions

• Agricultural Park (Llobregat Delta) planning restrictions

• Urbanisation design (satellite residential areas, surrounding a rural town used as the service centre)


• Strategies to keep people in the city or attract them back

• Better public space for pedestrians e.g. Raval Rambla

• New parks (e.g. l'Eixample interiors)

• New jobs (e.g. 22@ High-Tech zone)

• New city shopping opportunities (e.g. la Maquinista)

• Noise and air pollution controls (e.g. covering of the Ronda de Mig inner ring road)

• Gentrification schemes e.g. Diagonal Mar, Olympic Village, Contemporary Art Museum

• Strategies to reduce commuting pressure on the roads


• New Diagonal-Baix Llobregat tram line linking with the suburbs to the north-west

• New metro lines to the north and east. The northern link will be mainly cross-suburb, as opposed to the existing city centre-suburb radial links

• Modern intercity and inter-regional rail services. A new High-Speed Train (AVE) line is also being constructed.

• Selective access vehicle control

• Bus-only lanes with junction priority

• Integrated public transport, with improved inter-connections and discount tickets

• Low rail and bus fares

• Variable Message Signs (VMS) for route and car parking guidance aimed at reducing the amount of parking-search traffic

• Park-and-ride schemes on the city edge