Barcelona: city model

“There is no city model & rdquor ;. Barcelona is shipwrecked in the ocean of inconsistency because “there is no city model & rdquor ;. They are destroying Barcelona because, sing with me, “there is no city model & rdquor ;. The teacher Ferran Lobo I outlined an idea about popular music in the 90s: repetitive rhythms and vocal mantras are of military and religious origin. The litany is intended to stun, daze, nullify critical capacity, and cloud divergent thinking.

Read help. The MUHBA has just published ‘Barcelona 1969-1979, the decisive years of metropolitan planning’, by Joan Antoni Solans. The author recounts in 722 pages the gestation of the General Metropolitan Plan and its effect in the first years of democracy. The PGM is the instrument by which the urban form is governed. It is, to understand us, the drawing of the law. A drawing, that of Solans, valid 45 years after its writing. In force in the literal sense: still, today, legally binding. One of the strengths of the 76 PGM lies in its simplicity and flexibility. Beth Galí, Josep Llinàs and Esteve Bonell push the limits of planning in Paral·lel, Vallcarca and Rambla dels Estudis with three architectural exercises that improve the urban landscape and its own and adjacent sustainability. That original flexibility has been strained in the courts. Today they would be legally compromised buildings; urban planning has lost decision-making power over the city, in favor of other trades. Solans’ memoirs cite more than 700 actors. The last Franco mayors cover the main roles. 42 actresses also appear, in supporting roles. Sign of those times, it is not to detract from the scriptwriter, rest in peace. The fact that elected women are now deciding on this city is shocking to some. You just have to take a walk through their social networks and see the dumpster droppings they are subjected to.

Let’s review the city models of the mayors of Barcelona in democracy. Narcís Serra drives next to Oriol Bohigas -projects, not plans- the first little squares, with criteria of opportunity and territorial balance: the same curb, the same lamppost and the same bin in Plaça de la Mercè and in Nou Barris. The four mandates of Pasqual Maragall consolidate these spaces as platforms for the expression of the collective, develop the Olympic areas spun by the rounds and, above all, they return the sea to the city. With Joan Clos the Besòs is transformed, from sewer to metropolitan park. 22 @ is committed to activity and knowledge, but in the Forum You are wrong: “You can’t come in with drinks. No, you eat the sandwich here or you throw it away, sir.” Doormen and disco architecture, a model with its back turned to the neighborhoods. Diagonal Mar is a fiasco.

A Jordi Hereu we must recognize a decisive investment in sidewalks, bike lanes and public transport. The coverage of the Ronda del Mig is a compromise project. The Diagonal consultation, another fiasco. Xavier Trias, poorly advised in urban planning, he bequeathed us a very expensive, unnecessary Paseo de Gracia, out of time, un Parallel hostil and a steel fence that shelters flags of tax havens in Port Vell, removing the sea from citizens. Is this the model that some media fired by rabid and anonymous tweeters?

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This week, the Office of Ecology, Urbanism and Mobility has published an interactive map of the works and projects corresponding to the last two mandates. The map is surprisingly similar to the one that closes the Solans volume, a compilation of 199 projects, spread throughout the city, with different shapes, colors and dimensions. If the drawing is a model, what model is it? The two maps are reminiscent of a constellation. Maybe to an archipelago. Or a painting of Joan Miro. Perhaps a non-model is a model; Barcelona is not a model or a mannequin. Not a supermodel, as Alessandro Scarnatto would say. How quickly we forget that Modelo in Barcelona is the name of a prison.

With age we talk less and less about models, stars or artists. And more and more food. We are in the middle of Setmana Ciutadana de l’Alimentació Sostenible, a mess of activities orchestrated by Virginia Angulo, Martín Garber and Álvaro Porro. For this reason, faced with two maps separated by half a century on the tablecloth, the model of the city that I have come to propose is the paella. If the city is a paella, the home is rice: follow us for more recipes.

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