The city opens La Model, La Model improves the city

Panòptic de La Model

It has been many years since the first announcements were made for reclaiming La Model for the city. Years of the demands and efforts of local residents to stop La Model dividing neighbourhoods and to reclaim it for the city.  The General Metropolitan Plan of 1976 had already provided for the release of this facility and described its most extensive area as an urban park, leaving the remaining fifth for facilities. Because at that time, it was already clear that it was an anomaly to have this facility within an urban area of the Esquerra de l’Eixample's characteristics.

Numerous announcements have been made ever since, along with changes of plan and a variety of initiatives featuring transformative projects for this area, especially the 2009 La Model Master Plan, which now needs updating. But the opportunity for change has finally arrived, thanks to the agreement signed on 10 January 2017 between Barcelona City Council and the regional government of Catalonia, enabling progress to be made on both the La Model and La Trinitat Vella situations. The implementation of this institutional agreement has ensured that Barcelona will recover this area for public use for the first time.

A participatory process has been established with local residents to support this project, considering the public's main contributions, demands, proposals, and, introduced into the project in accordance with the work carried out.

Participatory structure and players involved

The La Model participation process has been debated in two different forums:

The first is the Driving and Monitoring Committee, which provided for convening all the territorial and sectoral organisations involved in the debate on the future of La Model.

The second forum was made up of participatory initiatives aimed at opening the process, for the analysis, proposal and closing stages of the project. In order to ensure pluralism and diversity in these forums, it has been planned to hold meetings that include local residents living or working in the vicinity of the prison's grounds, managers and users of nearby facilities, representatives of social, cultural, sports and other organisations from the surrounding area and sectoral and city institutions involved in the debate. Special care will also be taken to include participants from collectives that don't usually take part in these meetings (children, young people, etc.).

Process is currently in the phase of monitoring: the technical services of the City Council have analyzed and answered the issues raised during the workshops, and made a new configuration propposal for the venue, which will be defined in the following months. 

Documents and minutes

Driving and Monitoring Committee (4 October 2017):


Driving and Monitoring Committee (22 November 2017):


Driving and Monitoring Committee (20 December 2017):


Driving and Monitoring Committee (18 February 2018):


Driving and Monitoring Committee (12 June 2018):


Driving and Monitoring Committee (3 December 2018):


Driving and Monitoring Committee (17 December 2018):


Driving and Monitoring Committee (18 December 2018):