Barcelona seeks to achieve harmony and balance between modernity and its heritage, its roots. It values people-friendly public spaces and avoids aggressive street alterations.
To that end, the Urban Landscape Institute has now been working for over two decades to protect, maintain and improve the landscape values that shape Barcelona's image, to ensure an orderly, rational use of the urban landscape as a decisive tool for conserving the urban environment.
By using various management tools and channelling both public and private resources, the Institute encourages public participation in conserving and improving the urban landscape, directing private initiatives so they help create a harmonious environment and a better quality of life.
Promoting Barcelona and its urban development model as a benchmark for cities around the world has borne fruit thanks to the involvement and efforts of city residents, private undertakings and public bodies.