We presented Barcelona City Council’s experiences in incorporating the gender perspective into the city’s urban planning, through an audit of over 100 urban planners, architects, expert staff and individuals interested in gender policies and gender spaces, this 14 February.
The day event’s first table focused on the safety audits of everyday life, urban routes that allow us to make audits of urban space based on the observation, direct experience and participation of women. Incorporating, therefore, gender perspective in designing the city and the public space’s transformation. The City Council had prepared a specific audit method which featured in the first of the new Feminist Methodology Booklets and was presented at this table. The document provides tools for feminist transformations of public and urban spaces and establishes goals for ensuring common methodological criteria are established for enabling audits. This methodology was put into practice, tested and validated in 6 audits carried out within the framework of the Neighbourhood Plan project (Trinitat Vella, Trinitat Nova, Bon Pastor i Baró de Viver, La Verneda i la Pau, Besòs-Maresme and La Marina).
As you will see below, two women participants in the La Verneda i La Pau, la Fredes Giménez and la Nàdia Moreno Neighbourhood Plan explained their experiences. The audit initiative in this neighbourhood allowed not only the gender perspective to be incorporated into the urban transformations provided for but also the creation of a group of women who share concerns and needs and are actively involved in response and solution research.
A presentation was given, to close the first table, of the specific results of the everyday life audit carried out in Trinitat Nova. Generating solutions to the demands and needs arising from the audit provided an opportunity for coordinating cross-cutting proposals to be built between all the players involved (Nou Barris district, Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility, Municipal Institute of Parks and Gardens, Barcelona’s Guardia Urbana, associations and facilities etc.) In sum, the audit allowed complex and innovative solutions to be explored.
The day event’s second table focused on the urban transformation projects that incorporate gender perspectives. The La Meridiana transformation project was therefore presented; more specifically, the gender approach was taken into account and the most important cross-cutting lines identified and boosted, through a participatory process, and safe crossings established, with suitable traffic-light times, with an expected effect on safety perceptions, and the need established for emphasising maintenance, cleaning and urban greenery.
Finally, a presentation was given, within the framework of this second table, of a Manual on everyday-life urban planning: a guide featuring gender criteria for technical teams taking part in the planning, drafting and implementation of the city’s plans and projects. This manual sees the city holistically, taking account of its complexity, and proposes work on several scales to include factors as diverse as time, social fabric and degree of independence of its residents.