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Barcelona Superblock: new stage

The Superblock programme is taking a step ahead and becoming the street transformation model for the entire city, with the aim of reclaiming for citizens part of the space currently occupied by private vehicles.

The goal is to create a healthy, greener, fairer and safer public space that promotes social relations and the local economy.

Green hubs and squares

Following small-scale initiatives carried out in areas such as Poblenou, Horta and Sant Antoni, Superblocks are now taking a leap in scale and pace. Barcelona City Council has conducted a detailed analysis of the city: citizen flows and mobility, neighbourhood facilities, green spaces, building and social fabric and so on. It is through this comprehensive approach that a road hierarchy has been created enabling some streets to be freed of road traffic and the creation of a network of green hubs and squares where pedestrians have priority.

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This network is helping to create a new map of the city where citizens are the central players. This new vision will first and foremost be applied in the Cerdà section and, in particular, in the Eixample district, extending the network of green hubs and squares which have already started to be created in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood. We will be turning parts of C/ Consell de Cent, C/ Rocafort, C/ Comte Borrell and C/ Girona into green hubs in the immediate future. In addition, we’ll also be creating four large squares, each around 2,000 m2 in area, at the junctions between these green hubs.

 

The new vision of public space

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Scaling up

Superblocks are taking a leap in scale and pace, becoming a public space transformation model for the entire city.

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The Cerdà section and Eixample

The priority initiative in the coming years will focus on the Cerdà section and, above all, the Eixample, creating new green hubs and large squares of over 2,000 m2 in area.

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Citizens

Superblocks put all citizens at the centre, offering them new, safer and less-polluted places to spend time in.

Barcelona Superblock...

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    ...is working to create a new way of organising the entire city’s public space which puts people at the centre of everything.

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    ...is creating a network of green hubs and squares throughout the city. The goal is for all residents in the Eixample to have a green space or square within 200 metres from their home.

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    ...is prioritising pedestrians to ensure streets can be spaces for meeting and leisure. Green spaces and squares are safer and less polluted places to be in.

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    ...is managing to reclaim quality public space for citizens. At present 60% of public space is occupied by private vehicles, when more than half of journeys are made on foot.

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    ...is helping to increase the presence of greenery and improve the city’s environmental conditions and people’s quality of life.

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    ...includes citizen participation as an essential part in reflecting on and implementing the new public space model.

Together, we can build a better city

A city where streets and squares a places for meeting up, playing games and cultural, economic and social exchange. A city with cleaner air, green spaces and calmed traffic. A city where mobility is better organised and more sustainable. A city where people are reclaiming their place in public space.

Check out this map to see the initiatives already carried out in the city as well as others that have been worked on with local residents or which are being studied and assessed.

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News

30/04/2021

A step towards rebalancing commerce in Enric Granados

Barcelona Superblock. The usage plan now includes C/ Enric Granados so that the Barcelona Superblock model can be rolled out properly.

22/03/2021

What is tactical urbanism? More than coloured paint

Urban planning. The approach allows for a swift and cost-effective provisional transformation of public space until the final project takes shape.

22/03/2021

More pedestrian space in C/ Pelai to revitalise the city centre and commercial activity

Urban planning. The tactical urban project has enabled the pavement nearest the sea to be widened, traffic lanes to be reduced and a 30 km/h speed limit applied.

12/03/2021

Plan to protect local commerce in the Barcelona Superblock

Barcelona Superblock. A one-year suspension will apply on the issue of licences and building permits linked to music and leisure, eateries and food commerce in the area.

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