Barcelona Arquitectura, Ciutat Patrimoni

Barcelona City Council has created a government measure named “Barcelona arquitectura, ciutat patrimoni” (“Architecture of Barcelona, the city's heritage”), which entails a series of actions to preserve the city's architecture, urban space and landscape. Activities include reinforcing aid to rehabilitation measures and creating an inventory focussing on unlisted modern and contemporary architecture. Beyond significant historic works, the initiative seeks to shine a light and acknowledge the most unique and modern heritage and also for neighbours to embrace these landmarks.

The document, with a budget of €3,705,000 for 2017, seeks to strengthen the value of architecture and the landscape amongst city residents as a factor of quality of life and to promote improvements by means of additional quality criteria in public work contracts, for example.

Both public spaces and architecture in Barcelona are highly valued, with architecture considered the main attraction amongst visitors to the city receiving a score of 9.21 in 2013, according to tourist activity data.

The Landscape Charter will be drawn up identifying ten locations in the city that stand out on account of their value, such as the Rec Comtal. The number of rehabilitation schemes for side walls will be increased and new small landscapes identified as elements that enhance the sense of belonging amongst neighbours and which recount tales pertaining to the neighbourhoods. In addition, schemes to improve and plan the city's commercial image will be organised and a rationalist building route set up.

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Government Measure


Strengthen the value of architecture and the city's landscape amongst residents as a factor of quality of life.


Enhance the sense of belonging in a public setting as an essential part of the living space of the city's residents.


Promote the improvement of the city's heritage and architectural quality, both in terms of preservation and knowledge and involvement and new actions.


Design tools (for planning, for use in management, etc.) to contribute to all aspects of the urban landscape in general and in specific areas of the city.


Improve coordination in local architectural and heritage actions involving other competent authorities.