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  • 1. Contents1. Introduction: What makes Barcelona so unique?3. The Grid: Is Barcelonas expansion plan over-rationalized?12. Franqo: Population rising15. La Mina: The Creation of a New District - The district without law20. The Barcelona Model: The dilemma between capital gain and citizens needs23. 22@Barcelona Project: The engine of economic development28. Conclusion: Concluding thoughts on the Barcelona Model30. Bibliography31. Cited Photographs32. Appendix 1: La Mina Transformation Plan33. Appendix 2: The Barcelona Regeneration Model Consensus35. Appendix 3: 22@Project: Reasons to Invest37. Appendix 4: Chronology of Barcelona
  • 2. What makes Barcelona an exemplar city model and is this justified?Introduction: What makes Barcelona so unique?Barcelonas successful development has been discussed in depth by academics and the professionalmedia. This successful story of Barcelona is said to be the result of the Barcelona Model. However, itis not easy to find a universal consensus on the interpretation, of what the Model actual is. Someauthors define the Barcelona Model, by focusing on its design issues and its qualities of public urbanspaces, whilst others highlight the Barcelona Model as an instrument or a strategy capable ofmanaging unique flagship events, like the 1992 Olympic Games, which uses them as leverage forurban renewal and regeneration.1Both versions interpret the Barcelona Model as a singularity, something somewhat unique in the fieldof international urbanism, but to what extent can the Barcelona Model be considered as a uniquephenomenon? This dissertation seeks to analytically explore Barcelona through its interesting historyto its famous present day; in order to better understand what it is, which makes Barcelona such anexemplar model of modern urbanism?Barcelonas recent political and cultural history, and its relative compactness, makes this city anexcellent study for examination of both questions: of identity and culture. Architecture is the idealmedium through which to explore these issues: Barcelona is an extravagant cultural expression,extremely influenced by the aesthetically articulated fashions, trends and ideals, and also at the sametime it is deeply affected by its customs and traditions, meaning its geography, economics, politicaland social movements.2 Architecture is an excellent way to observe the history and the growthpatterning of a place. It provides crystalized manifestations or time-capsulated moments of history.Providing us with a way in to observing how the people of the past lived and inhabited the land.Barcelonas architecture is characterized by its duality of influences; relating to its local (or its!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!MONCLU, FRANCISCO-JAVIER., From ‘Reconstruction’ To Strategic Urban Projects, 1979 –#!CHALKLEY, B & ESSEX., S. Urban development through hosting international events: a history ofthe Olympic Games. Planning Perspectives.1999. 369–394. !! "!
  • 3. countries) characteristics whilst remaining in impulsive dialog to the contemporary Europeanarchitectural and modernist world. Barcelonas architecture comprises of an ever-increasingexperimental collection of buildings, which make up an intriguing case study and a focus for referencefor the continuing discussion on modernity and identity. What makes Barcelona such a great example?And why is this city wired to succeed and conditioned stand out from the rest?! #!
  • 4. The Grid: Is Barcelonas expansion plan over-rationalized?The Industrial revolution was late to get going in Barcelona, but the response was excellent once thecorrect conditions were put in pace and everything was set in motion. The locals employment historyas merchants allowed many to adjust their commercial and home manufacturing tradition to the newneeded situation. The historians Josep Termes and Jordi Nadal have pointed out how, on the onehand, the rural population, accustomed to home industry, adapted easily to factory conditions, while,on the other hand, the agile merchant was prepared to take risks (as he always had) in a familyindustry, assuming the role of the capitalist, manager and technician at the same time.3Barcelona started trading with the Americas again and this trade route was expanded quitesignificantly after Sevilles official monopoly came to an end in 1778. Much cotton was imported fromCuba and many Catalans settled in Cuba, which enhanced the trade connections. Textile industriesreally started to grow fast and many factories development along the Ter and Llobregat rivers. Withthe invention of the steam engine in 1833, industry, in general, grew enormously in the cities andalong the coast. As well as textiles there were many industries of bricks, ceramics, glass, paper,leather, shoes, machinery, automotive, graphic arts, perfumes, regasification of natural gas andchemical products. Coal was one of the industries prime sources of energy; and it was imported. Theindustrial growth, as well as prosperity, also caused great pressure on the land, not only on housingbecause of the increased population rate but also on its infrastructure: its services and institutions.Before the industrial revolution and therefore the population boom, military and political reasons hadprevented the people with influence in Barcelona to expand the city. Only after continuous popularpressure the central government were convinced. Then the demolition of the medieval walls began(1854). All surrounding fields of the city and the town were always, up until this time, kept clear asagricultural land, clear for the firing of cannons, and as military owned land. But before any expansionof the city took place, there was an immediate need for a survey map, which was then drawn up by theCatalan civil engineer, Iledfon Cerdá (1855). This was the first topological map of Barcelona and its!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$!MACKAY, D., Modern Architecture in Barcelona (1854 - 1939). 1985. The Anglo-Catalan Society,University of Sheffield. 12.! $!
  • 5. surroundings. This map was then used by developers to propose various expansion plans. The firstexpansion proposal was by the city architect Miquel Garriga in 1857. He wanted to build on either sideof the tree lined road which connected the urban centre of Barcelona to the nearby neighboring, nowencompassed town, Gracia, with a grid of 200 metres by 400 metres with streets ten to twenty metreswide, with two proposed crescents at either end. These plans did not convince the city council. At thissame time Baron Haussmann was transforming Paris for Napoleon and Vienna also began to demolishits walls (1857). Barcelona always had ambitious intentions, and to compete with its Europeancounterparts; the city council decided to introduce the project as a competition, which would guaranteebetter results. In 1859, an important law changed which allowed for the ability to purchase the largearea of military property and land, existing as the fields surrounding the city. This allowed the fullexpansion of Barcelona. The competition based on Cerdás survey, was won by Antoni Rovira (1845-1919). His plan proposed a development in a series of trapezium sectors branching out around the oldcity, containing lengthening parallel streets 12m wide, hinged together by wide radial avenuesbetween each sector. The concept was hierarchical, with major and minor spaces and streets. Heavilyinfluenced by the Baroque dominance and display.4 Previous to this, following 1855, Cerdá aftercompleting his ordinance topological survey of Barcelona, went on to create a social survey ofBarcelona.5 In this study Cerdá analyzed different groups based on income and living expenses it alsolooked at the dwellings and streets. He discovered, in terms of housing, that the rich enjoyed 21m! perperson, but craftsmen were limited to only 12m! and labourers to 8 m!. From this Cerdá discoveredthat the labourers paid more rent per metre than the rich did. This direct contact with the reality of theurban conditions through his pioneering field-study obviously tempered Cerdàs political attitude. Hisunderstanding of these urban conditions showed later in his theoretical writings6, which shows how hewas thinking in terms of communications, density, housing conditions, social and neighborhoodgrouping with social and public services: which he deemed as fundamentally important. In February1859, Cerdá was confidentially commissioned by the Madrid Government to come up with a drawnplan for the reformation and the expansion of Barcelona. He was asked to do this just two monthsbefore the Barcelona city council published its results for its own competition. Cerdàs Plan rejected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!%!MACKAY, D., Modern Architecture in Barcelona (1854 - 1939). 1985. The Anglo-Catalan Society,University of Sheffield. 13.&!Iledfon Cerdás cultural survey was called the Monografia de la clase obrera de Barcelona en 1856!!Iledfon Cerdás!theoretical writings Teoria general de la urbanización (1867).!! %!
  • 6. the old hierarchical order of the Baroque city and opted for a more egalitarian and democratic modelwithout class differentiation. In this sense it was a reapplication of neo-classical values. Shocked bythe decadence, inhumanity and insanitary conditions of the industrial revolution, but at the same timeas an engineer committed to science. Cerdà was inclined to seek the ideal through reason. Cerdádivided the new territory into a democratic grid proposing an economic simplicity and a universalmodular building methodology. An ideal, ruthlessly simplified, full of blunt and uncompromisingtruths.Fig 1: Cerdás original conceptual plan. Note: the figure ground layout of the blocks, which are notclosed-in: the light brown is open public space.The ideology of Cerdás plan highly considered the need to design cities for people and improve on allthings including health issues, not limiting the term health to physical health, but going beyond thisconcept, by putting forward proposals which take into account mental and social health. These issuesraised the needs for buildings, which Cerdá designed as being properly separated from one another andwith the rule that they must not have a greater height than the width of streets. This was justified bythe need to let sunlight to enter into the streets without hindrance from the buildings themselves.7Another issue was the width of these buildings; the houses would have to have views to the front and!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(!Therefore the streets should be 20m wide and the height of buildings should not exceed 16m.!! &!
  • 7. rear facades,8 which together with the previous rule on the width of the streets, would allow goodventilation and the presence of the sun in all homes. Ventilation and the presence of the sun were twoissues which Cerda considered as absolutely crucial in preserving the health of the people. Cerdásplan put particular emphasis to the issue of recreation, especially to the needs of children and theelderly, in this sense, the city blocks were created, they had to be square, but they must only be built inon two of their four sides. Leaving the rest of the space available for neighborhood gardens and publicspace, thus the children do not have to travel for their games and the elderly for their walks. Thereforethe existence of these spaces would decrease accidents by preventing children from playing in thepathways and roads where there were circulating carriages and later cars. Within the idea of socialhealth; self-designed sustainable neighborhoods were created; buildings which frame a large park, amunicipal market, and a balanced distribution of all types of services and shops for each area, eachblock acting as a self-contained village.Cerdàs plan is neo-classic in its Spartan simplicity and it is an obvious rejection of the Baroqueconcept of the city. But it is at the same time it is Utopian in its bold scientific projection into thefuture. Its understanding and integration of urban sociology can be qualified as realistic.9His design is strict, uniform and rational, but I do not think it is over-rationalized, but it is verypragmatic, both in its geometry and in its sociological awareness of urban necessities. Everything inthe design has a reason: for example, the grid is tilted at 45 degree to the meridian to obtain themaximum sunlight, and geometrically, the angles of each island block are cut off, chamfered at 45°again, to form octagonal squares with corner facades at each street intersection.10 Cerdà introduced thisoctagonal form to allow for turning circles of public transport and vehicles, (which he envisioned aswell as steam tramways) and they are used for space for loading and unloading goods, which tooworks very well today.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)!The width of the buildings should not exceed 14m.!*!MACKAY, D., Modern Architecture in Barcelona (1854 - 1939). 1985. The Anglo-Catalan Society,University of Sheffield. 15."+!The corner facades of the city blocks have a width of 20m.!! !
  • 8. Fig 2: Barcelona postcard 2007. Note: the diagonal routes which cut through the grid. These wereexisting routes (Rhondas), which connected towns like Gracia to the original Barcelona centre. Nowall is encompassed as one.There is a presence of some sort of special character or element that does not follow the grid layout,because diagonally across it exists other roads, which do not follow the grid.11 The irregular roadswere drawn up corresponding to, and respecting, the old existing roads to neighboring towns. Forexample; The Paseo de Gracia, a grand road, which respects the old path from Old Barcelona toGracia (a neighboring town). Originally this passage, now road, evolved from a path taken along thenatural stream of spring water.12 The grand road of Paseo de Gracia, now lined with many expensivedesigner shops is a much wider road than the others on the grid. The design of grid then compromisesitself and produces only two consecutive streets where there should have been three. Also the Paseode Gracia, is not exactly parallel to the rest of the streets which makes the city grid. There are manyother irregularities to the grid: the Avenida Diagonal, in this case a new concept; the fast-lane, for easeof transport, runs from one corner of the grid diagonally across it to the other side. The Diagonal takespriority and cuts through the blocks. These cause irregularities in the shape of the blocks as theDiagonal takes prominence and slices through everything in its path. On first inspection from the map!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!""!Avenida Diagonal, Avenida Meridiana, Calle Pedro IV, and others!"#!Hence the name promenade; Along the water.!! (!
  • 9. the grid may appear to be repetitive, but as well as the irregularities caused by the chamfers andexisting routes, also at the street level, exists the architecture itself. The grid is there as guidelines andwithin it, are many different expressions of architecture with juxtapositions caused by theexperimentations of space and design. From the street level the experience really is not same same. Itis brilliant!Cerda arranged the city blocks with various typological configurations. Within the space of eachblock, Cerdá conceived of two basic ways to design the buildings, one had two parallel blocks locatedon opposite sides, leaving inside a large rectangular space for public gardens and the other had twoblocks united in a L shape located on two adjacent sides of the block, leaving the rest as also a greatspace for a garden or square. This would create two perpendicular streets and therefore, when together,four gardens in one.Fig 3: Cerdás origanal Figure Ground drawing of his ideal Barcelona. Note: the figure groundlayout of the blocks, which are not closed-in: the light brown is open public space.Cerdás proposal for a building principle consisting of strips that could alternate in direction per block,simple as it may seem, it created virtually inexhaustible possibilities for variation. It is this, whichcreated Barcelonas incredibly rich pattern of urban space. This scheme of inexhaustible possibilities is! )!
  • 10. certainly not over-rationalized. Cerdàs plan was a huge important step for Barcelona towards amodern Catalonia, totally free from all past references, designed for a new society. Cerdá wasextremely forward thinking; proposing a city wide network of public gardens, decades beforeanywhere else, which today is an urban design, green or eco-masterplaning, objective: creatinggreen corridors and breathable public space. Cerdás plan is a new city form for a new civilisation.Consequently influencing the design of the future buildings along these similar terms: newarchitecture for a new civilisation.Fig 4: Cerdás constructed plan 2010. Note: Gualdis Sagrada Familia occupying one block andadjacent gardens occupying 2 blocks. This photograph shows the flexibility and the irregularities ofCerdás plan. Also note the new density compared to the original, idealism proposed by Cerdá shownin his original figure ground. The blocks have been modified organically to fit a changing city. Somegreen space does exit! But relatively not much compared to the original plan.Cerdás plan identified a garden city with large open spaces, buildings separated by wide streets andwith no difference between the social classes; all the streets must be equal. This combination ofcircumstances caused the bourgeoisie of the time to deem his proposal as nonsense. There was a clearconflict of interests between the parties. The protests of the bourgeoisie with their political influencewanted to reject the plan and revert to Rovira i Trias originally approved scheme where there was aclear separation of social classes and buildings had a higher density. Despite the protests, Cerdás plan! *!
  • 11. was adopted and continued immediately because it was enforced by royal decree from the MadridGovernment. However the Barcelona city Fathers and the landowners saw their potential to capitalizeon this new development severely limited. Arguments and speculative activities arose, trying to getmore space built upon. Therefore Cerdá himself, in 1863, was forced to severely increase the densityof the buildable area.13 Next the opposition strongly suggested to have low buildings built in the centreof the blocks; designed in most cases for small workshops and cottage industries, which with it sadlycaused the disappearance of most of the central gardens. As a last resort the opposition insisted toincrease the built volume area even more, so the two sides of the blocks came together and buildingswere constructed that united, completely closing, the cities blocks. And it is this that has stopped usfrom ever experiencing Cerdás true vision today. The architect Puig i Cadafalch ironically said,Cerdàs plan was better than its development. With the knowledge of Cerdás original vision andintentions, it is evident that his plan was severely altered. There is relatively limited public spacewithin the grid; the blocks are closed and in places it feels like block after block of density, difficult todistinguish one street from the next. Cerdás chamfers do exist and give space for car drivers (as heenvisioned). But the streets are narrower, than planned, and the buildings higher, therefore his schemefor sunlight and space, therefore psychological well being, has too been compromised. The completeclosing-in of the blocks was totally against Cerdás intentions and it is this manipulation of power andgreed, which makes Cerdas plan seem over-rationalized; it is not his. Cerdas plan Utopian. Themanipulation over-rationalized.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"$!!The first change was that if the streets were 20 feet wide (instead of 20 metres), he could increasethe width of the buildings to fit the original distance.!! "+!
  • 12. Fig 5: Google Streets view of a typical street within the grid. Note: the new height of the buildingsleaves big shadows for the local people. However the successful chamfers create a large open space:allowing sun to enter and allow vehicles to maneuver the crossroads with great ease. Maybe postCerdá, in light of new knowledge that too much sun is unhealthy, the originally unintended shade canbe seen a positive factor, contributing to Cerdás intention for psychological well being.Although for decades there was resentment by the people of Barcelona and although the final resultthat we know today of the Eixample (expansion) of Barcelona has undergone many modifications tothe originally proposed plan by Cerdá. No one would doubt today that Cerdás plan imposed, bydecree, then modified by greed, was better than the one approved in the contest, and the rest of thealternatives presented at the time. The modifications to the plan, although originally for capital gain,have played a necessary role in housing the population of the city which, increased rapidly in the yearsfollowing.! ""!
  • 13. Franqo: Population risingIn the 1920s Barcelona was the fastest growing city in Europe. Modernisation and industrialisationwere proceeding at a rapid pace. The population of Barcelona expanded by 62 per cent during thatdecade. The rapid growth of the city led to a serious housing shortage and a rapid rent inflation thathad rent rising up to 150% in many areas. The severe shortage of housing also led to serious problemsof overcrowding and deterioration in the kind of housing available to the working class. Althoughthere were some large-scale private apartment blocks or estates, much of the housing was provided bya huge group of small property owners. The main landlords organisation, the Chamber of UrbanProperty, had over 97,800 members in the province of Catalonia. Shantytowns began to appear on theoutskirts of the city. But these were not shanties built by the residents but by the landlords who builtsubstandard dwellings while the authorities looked the other way. By 1927 it was estimated that over6,000 shanties had been built in Barcelona, housing 30,000 people, with more in surrounding towns. Inthe older parts of Barcelona many flats or houses were cut up into tiny units. Often the landlordsrefused to provide water hookups for these new units, even though the city building codes hadrequired running water since at least 1891. By 1933 it was estimated that 20,000 flats or houses inBarcelona lacked running water. Migrants from nearby regions were flooding into the city to take jobs.By the 1930s the province of Catalonia, with about 6 million residents, contained about 70% of themanufacturing capacity of Spain. Barcelona had become Spains largest city by 1.5 million people.Barcelona was preparing to host the Peoples Olympiad14 during the summer of 1936, building theOlympiad Stadium and developing the Montjuïc area, but the revolt of the army threw Spain into civilwar. Several of the athletes who had arrived for the Games stayed to form the first of the RepublicanInternational Brigades, made famous by the writers Ernest Hemingway [who acted as a Civil Warjournalist] and George Orwell who wrote Homage to Catalonia15 [comprising of his personal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!14 The Peoples Olympiad was a planned international multi-sport event that was intended to take placein Barcelona. It was conceived as a protest event against the 1936 Summer Olympics being heldin Berlin during the period of Nazi rule. Despite gaining considerable support, the Peoples Olympiadwas never held, as a result of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Barcelona would later hostthe 1992 Summer Olympics, a decade after the Spanish transition to democracy that followed the endof the Franco regime."&!Homage to Catalonia is political journalist and novelist George Orwells personal account of hisexperiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War. The only translation published in Orwellslifetime was into Italian, in December 1948. In the book Orwell describes the atmospherein Barcelona as it appears to him at this time. "The anarchists were still in virtual control! "#!
  • 14. experiences during Civil War]. The city, and Catalonia in general, were resolutely Republican. As thepower of the Republican government and the Generalitat (Catalan Government) diminished, much ofthe city was under the effective control of anarchist groups. The anarchists lost control of the city totheir own allies, the Stalinists and official government troops, after the street fighting of the BarcelonaMay Days. At the height of the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona was bombarded for three days beginningon March 16th, 1938. Under the command of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, Italian aircraftstationed on Majorca attacked 13 times dropping 44 tons of bombs, aimed at the civil population.These attacks were at the request of General Franco as retribution against the Catalan population. Themedieval Cathedral of Barcelona was bombed and more than one thousand people died, includingmany children. The city finally fell into Nationalist hands on January 26, 1939.16Barcelonas resistance to Francos coup détat was to have lasting effects after the defeat of theRepublican government. The autonomous institutions of Catalonia were abolished and the use of theCatalan language in public life was suppressed and forbidden, although its use was not formallyillegalised as often claimed. Barcelona remained the second largest city in Spain, at the heart of aregion, which was relatively industrialised and prosperous, despite the devastation by the Civil War.The result was a large-scale immigration from poorer regions of Spain (particularly Andalucía, Murciaand Galicia), which in turn led to rapid urbanisation. The district of Congrés was developed for theInternational Eucharistic Congress (1952), while the districts of El Carmel, Nou Barris, El Verdumand Guinardó were developed later in the same decade. Barcelonas suburbs, such as LHospitalet deLlobregat, Bellvitge, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Sant Adrià de Besòs, and Badalona, also saw adramatic population increase, often tenfold over a single decade. The increase in the population led tothe development of the metro network, the tarmacking of the city streets, the installation of trafficlights and the construction of the first rondas (ring roads). The provision of running water, electricityand street lighting also had to be vastly improved, if not always fast enough to keep up pace with the!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!of Catalonia and the revolution was still in full swing. It was the first time that I had ever been in atown where the working class was in the saddle... every wall was scrawled with the hammer andsickle... every shop and café had an inscription saying that it had been collectivized." "The Anarchists"(referring to the Spanish CNT and FAI) were "in control", tipping was prohibited by workersthemselves, and servile forms of speech, such as "Señor" or "Don", were abandoned."!PRESTON, P., The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution, Revenge. Harper Perennial, UK. 2006.! "$!
  • 15. rising population. The massive immigration made Barcelona extremely densely populated,17 oftenhoused in very poor quality accommodation. This mass immigration also contributed to the decline inthe specifically Catalan culture of Barcelona. While the use of Catalan in private was tolerated in thelater years of the dictatorship, the immigrants of Barcelona spoke only Spanish. Catalan-languageeducation was unavailable, even if there had been any social pressure to learn the local language(which was far from the case in urban areas).The rapid immigration of the city led to a serious housing shortage and a rapid rent inflation that hadrent rising up to 150% in many areas. The severe shortage of housing also led to serious problems ofovercrowding and deterioration in the kind of housing available to the working class. The city reliedoverwhelmingly on the private real estate market to provide housing. There was some public housing;inexpensive concrete buildings, but only 2,600 units had been built. This public housing developmentis known as La Mina.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"(!Barcelonas density was 1,557,863 inhabitants, 15,517 per km! in 1970. !! "%!
  • 16. La Mina: The Creation of a New District - The district without lawFig 6: La Mina highlighted in red. Set aside from Barcelona, but new developments on encroaching.The neighborhood of La Mina belongs to the town of Sant Adria Besos on the outskirts of the city ofBarcelona. Until the end of the 1960s La Mina was little more than an area of cultivated fields andlivestock. La Mina, from the view from the motorway were just scattered hamlets just outside the citylimits. Barcelona was experiencing very high immigration from the less developed areas of Spain,particularly Andalucía. The immigrants arrived in the city with minimal resources leading to thegrowth of some of the largest shantytown constructions in the entire country. Shacks sprung up inmany peripheral parts of the city18. Barcelona had been looking for a solution to this seriousshantytown problem since the end of the 1950s. A planned new town in the district was approved inat this time, but never realized. It was not until 1968 that land was purchased by the Barcelona Councilfor the construction of low-rent housing in the area, now called La Mina. Construction of this slumclearance project began in 1969, but was quickly brought to a halt after the completion of only!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!")!Shanty towns and shacks sprung up in many peripheral parts of the city including Montjuic, Campode La Bota, Perona, Casa Antúez, lHospitalet and Hospital de St. Pau.! "&!
  • 17. approximately 500 apartments when the city council realized that the size of the blocks would notpermit the relocation of all the shantytown residents. This first development in the district issubsequently known as Mina Vieja (Old Mina). A rapid remodeling of the development plan allowedfor a far greater density of development on the remaining land with the construction of 2,100 furtherapartments, specifically for the chabolistas (shantytown dwellers).19Fig 7: In 1970-1: The construction of 2,600 units, built with official protection under a social housingproject.In April 1971, the Council offered the opportunity for the chabolistas to move to Mina Nueva (NewMina) on the fulfillment of three conditions; They already resided in an officially recognizedBarcelona shantytown, they paid 30,000 pesetas (£150) as an entry deposit, and they promised to pay asmall monthly rent for 24 years, all of which would then give them the right of ownership of theproperty. The number of applications received greatly exceeded the number of planned homes. A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"*!Consorci del Barri de La Mina, Transformation of the Neighbourhood of La Mina. BCN. 2009. 7.! "!
  • 18. census at the time revealed that the number of people housed in the district was dangerously high.2020% of the population was gypsy in origin, with high levels of social deprivation, including very highrates of illiteracy. This all quickly made the area infamous with newspaper headlines such as: LaMina: district without law and La Mina: dangerous area.21The Gitanos (Gypsies) are a Roma people inhabiting Portugal, Spain and Southern France. They arean ethnic group with highly controversial origin.22 In La Mina, it has been estimated that 35% of thelocal population are of Roma origin. Since their legacy of mass migration from Andalucía during the50s and because of their nomadic lifestyle, there has been a great deal of mutual distrust between theLa Mina Gitano’s and local Spanish. The La Mina dwellers, in general, are heavily, and perhapsunfairly, stigmatized. Views such as; La Mina is the badlands, the outlaw territory or the districtwithout law, are common.23 La Mina has attracted immigrants and people in poor economic positions,as they are able to afford the cheap life in the neighborhood. When the lower social economic groupsimprove their economic situation they move into higher quality housing leaving the vacant lesserhousing for lower class citizens. Culturally based differences in attitudes towards civic-responsibility,and the role of education and employment, particularly within the neighborhood’s large gypsycommunity, will take time to change.Fig 8: The painted sign says, Referendum of course. Note: The potential public space is being used asa dumbing ground.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#+!La Minas population totaled 15,133 inhabitants, living at a density of 5.6 persons / dwelling (1974).!#"!EL PUNT, Barcelona Newspaper articles headlines.##!Gitano’s are probably most well known for their Flamenco music.!#$!DAVID, W., Geography An Integrated Approach, 3rd Edition, Nelson Thornes, USA. 2000. 253.! "(!
  • 19. La Mina suffers from an urban layout, which has created enclosed streets within a fortress-like setting,marginalizing itself from the outside world. The population and housing densities are extremely high.Homes are of a poor quality and with very limited living space. It has above average numbers living inconditions of poverty, with illiteracy levels at 25%. Unemployment, employment in the informalsector and absenteeism from school were all very high. The degradation of the community has beenintense, with high crime rates and serious social fracturing. As the residential quality gets worse sodoes the environmental quality. La Mina has been caught in a spiral of decline and is now what isknown as sink estate.24 Public intervention was unable to produce an improvement in the socialsituation. Each public administration (state, autonomous and local) had their own intervention plan inaccordance with their competencies, but the interventions were made without any long-term planning.There were action plans, but without sufficient capacity to provide an in-depth and long-term answerto the problems of the neighborhood. This unfortunate legacy has left La Mina today with the greatestsocial deprivation within the Barcelona metropolitan area.Fig 9: The elongated mega-blocks of poor condition housing units creates enclosed streets withinthemselves; where crime and criminal activity takes place; socially excluding themselves from the restof the neighbourhood and city at large. Plans are underway to cut through the centre of these blocks,at ground level, creating a relief flow: a way in and out to their centres.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#%!DAVID, W., Geography An Integrated Approach, 3rd Edition, Nelson Thornes, USA. 2000. 198-99! ")!
  • 20. La Mina Transformation Plan“There are two goals; the first is to change the image of La Mina from the inside, and the second is tochange the image from the outside.”25 The La Mina Transformation Plan was provided with anunprecedented 55 million euros to finance the project. The aim of the Transformation Plan was toprovide solutions to the deficiencies and problems that exist in the neighborhood.26 La Mina DistrictRenovation Plan is a global and integrated project centred on improving the quality of life and thepublic space. Socially, the project’s fundamental goal is the employment integration of groups at riskof social exclusion, through programs that are adapted to respond to the different problems and needsof the local people. As regards the public space, the plan aims to remove architectural barriers forgreater connectivity within the district and to open up the district to its surrounding environment. Atthe same time, the plan endeavors to improve peaceful coexistence and to generate public spirit amongthe local people. The Mayor of the district, Jesus Maria Canga said:"(The project) assumes the entry of new people into the district which will not allow it to be a socialghetto... The creation of new open spaces within La Mina will create focal points for positive socialinteractions between people from neighboring streets and thereby promote social and communitygrowth."27The district of La Mina is a warning: when the poor is cast aside, it becomes poorer and moredangerous. Fortunately, La Mina has been noticed. Already the zone shows signs of big change. Suchas: the construction of external lifts for the big housing blocks, new schools and a police stationamongst others. The proposed plans are spread out throughout La Mina, but will take numerous yearsto come into effect. The La Mina Development Plan follows the Barcelona Model: Change the area,change the people approach. The transformation plan complies with the numerous principles fromThe Barcelona Model Consensus.28!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#&!Quotation from a!public conference; A Consorci (Government) member. !#!Consorci del Barri de La Mina, Transformation of the Neighbourhood of La Mina. BCN. 2009. 40.#(!Barcelona Newspaper articles quotations. 2001. ‘The plan aims to wash the face of the district andgive it a stomach-pump’ (La Vanguardia, 28.04.01).‘The change in image of La Mina is moreimportant than the actual physical changes; breaking the stigma will assist its development’ (ElPeriódico, 23.04.01). ‘The project is ambitious but achievable’ (El Punt, 28.04.01).#)!See Appendix 2, for The Barcelona Model Consensus.! "*!
  • 21. The Barcelona Model: The dilemma between capital gain and citizens needsThe death of Franco in 1975 brought on a period of democratisation throughout Spain. The pressurefor change was particularly strong in Barcelona. The people of the city considered, with muchjustification, that they had been punished for nearly the forty years, by Franco for their support of theRepublican government. Massive, but peaceful, demonstrations consisting of over a million people,took place on the streets of Barcelona,29 calling for the restoration of Catalan autonomy.30 It wasgranted less than a month later. Further development of Barcelona was promoted by two events; theSpanish accession to the European Community,31 and particularly Barcelonas designation as host cityof the 1992 Summer Olympics. The process of urban regeneration, in the run up to the Oylimpics, wasextremely rapid, and the results, greatly increased the citys international reputation as a touristdestination. The success of these latter developments of Barcelona was the work of The BarcelonaModel. Barcelona is now one of Europes most beautiful and historic cities. It is seen as an exemplar ofurban planning and renewal; its public spaces and art are renowned internationally, especially since ithosted the Olympics. Although it cost the city $10 billion,32 it transformed the Mediterranean citysneglected port into a revitalized waterfront and led millions of people eager to visit Barcelona. It wascertainly a momentary bonus for tourism, but hotels, parking lots, restaurants and the like were to bebuilt to accommodate the millions of people that Barcelona would host.33 But Barcelona is not able toexpand. It is a city wedged between the mountains and the sea, and the general city zeitgeist or trendof urban sprawl cannot therefore exist. This highlights the one main problem of the city; space!Meaning housing costs would sky rocket and the people of Barcelona were pushed out of their ownterritory. The games did indeed inject a developmental newness to the city, but it did incredibly littlein solving the city’s housing shortage. The citys dilemma has been a battle between meeting citizensneeds and the want for tourists money. Does the Barcelona Model favour the tourist?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#*!Massive, but peaceful demonstrations of over one million people on the 9th of September 1977.!$+!PRESTON, P., The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution, Revenge. Harper Perennial, UK. 2006.211-219$"!Spanish accession into the European Community in 1986.!$#!The 1992 Olympics cost $10 billion U.S. dollars!$$!CHALKLEY, B & ESSEX., S. Urban development through hosting international events: a historyof the Olympic Games. Planning Perspectives.1999. 382–384.! #+!
  • 22. Across Europe, in general, housing has re-surfaced on political and urban agendas. But those countriesto the south of Europe, particularly Spain, have created a housing crisis that is the effect of tourism.Barcelona has a low level of spatial segregation, simply because there is no space. Tourists and nativesare forced to live together. The resulted increase in the cost of housing has led to a decline ("16.6%) inthe population over the last two decades of the 20th century as many families move out into thesuburbs. This decline has been reversed since 2001, as a new wave of immigration (particularly fromLatin America and from Morocco) has gathered pace.34In 2004 Barcelona hosted a different kind of Olympics: The Forum of Cultures, a five-month culturaland intellectual forum that was focused on solving the World’s problems. Organizers said theyexpected more than five million visitors to converge on the city for the 2004 Forum of Cultures. Partfestival, part meeting-of-minds on themes such as peace, cultural diversity and sustainabledevelopment (i.e. housing!) For Barcelona, it was a chance to recover the internationally famouslimelight it basked in back in 1992. Not to mention to rake in tourist money. And it was an excellentexcuse for necessary, perhaps an overdue, urban renewal. About $460 million of public and privatemoney went to fund the Forum events, and a massive long term investment of $2.6 billion was spenton the festivals infrastructure, including a total transformation of the citys once-marginalized andcrime-ridden northern-shore neighbourhood, La Mina.35 The Forum of Culture hosted its events in thenew building; The Forum, built by Herzog & De Meuron, which is within a stones throw from LaMina.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$%!AHO, E., Creating an Innovative Europe - Report of the Independant Expert Group on R&D andinnovation appointed following the Hampton Court Summit, European Commission. 2006. 167-169!$&!MONCLU, FRANCISCO-JAVIER., From ‘Reconstruction’ To Strategic Urban Projects, 1979 –2004, Departament d’Urbanisme i Ordenacio del Territori, Universitat Polite`cnica de Catalunya,Escola Te`cnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Valle`s, Barcelona, Spain. 31.! #"!
  • 23. Fig 10: The Forum by Herzog & De Meuron. This triangular blue concrete building, conceived as asponge saturated with water, blends with the sky and the Mediterranean Sea. The triangle form wasconceived of in a very rational way. The building is situated at the end of the Diagonal and it isformed by the intersection of the Diagonal and Cerdas orthogonal grid: creating a triangle. Note:On the map above the blue triangle: the forum, and the red area: La Mina, are evidently in closeproximity. Also around The Forum exist many other new large-scale developments. Including theCCIB, the Hilton Hotel, new university multi-story buildings, various shopping malls and a proposalfor Sea World. All of which are encroaching on the deprived and problematic area, La Mina.These new developments, in the area of The Forum, are now encroaching on the worst and hiddenparts of the city. The La Mina Transformation Plan36 was one of the Cultural Forums undertakings;thirty years after the first La Mina bricks were laid, The Forum set out to create a change in themarginalized image of La Mina, but what was their intention? Was it to help the citizens or was it toimprove the image it gave? Unfortunately the areas sad legacy left La Mina so torn with the greatestsocial deprivation within the Barcelona metropolitan area today, that even the Forum was unable tocomplete the revitalisation it set out to do. An anti-globalisation group, called The Assembly ofResistance to the Forum, argued that these widely sort after topics of peace and diversity were merelyexcuses for Barcelona to earn more money with tourism. Therefore, keeping up with their trend to puttourism first and turn away from the local citizens.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$!The La Mina Transformation Plan: See Appendix 1.!! ##!
  • 24. 22@Barcelona Project: The engine of economic development21st Century Barcelona; now one of the main European metropolises, and the centre of an extensivemetropolitan region made up of more than 217 towns, with a total population of 4.6 millioninhabitants. It is the economic, cultural and administrative capital of Catalonia and a leader of anemerging business area in the south of Europe, which is made up of more than 800,000 companies and17 million inhabitants. Within this Euro-Mediterranean region, which includes the Balearic Islands,Valencia, Aragon and the South-East of France, Barcelona is focusing on new strategic, competitiveand international sectors. This new focus of the Barcelona Model is the 22@Barcelona Project, whichshifts focus away from tourism and onto the new technology industry.Fig 11: The 22@ District occupies 115 city blocks, with a surface area of 2 million m! and with apotential to build 4 million m! of floor space. Of this, 3.2 million m! would be allocated to offices andcommerce. According to the councils estimates, the transformation of this district will require aninvestment "12,020 million over a period of 15 or 20 years.37Catalonia, and its capital Barcelona have always been a welcoming place for those visiting it.Throughout its history, many different types of people have passed through the city and almost all ofthem have settled there. This has made Catalonia a welcoming place, which is tolerant, dynamic andopen to anything that is new. Catalonia and Barcelona have now become one of the main economic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$(!BARCELO, M., Presentation of 22@ Barcelona, District of Innovation to Urban Cluster,Conference, Barcelona, 2006. 64-65! #$!
  • 25. hubs of Europe and a driver of the Spanish economy. Barcelona, is surrounded by two smallmountains (Mont Juic and Tibidado), a large hill (Parc Guel) and the Mediterranean Sea. The city iswedged between these geographical elements, therefore there is a serious shortage of available orexpandable land for the city. Taking this into consideration, at least half of all the new office space ofall of the country of Catalonia has been concentrated in the 22@ District. The 22@Barcelona Projectaims to fully integrate Barcelona in the new technological revolution of the knowledge economy.Fig 12: The 3 above images taken from a helicopter are each 6 years apart. From above; it is literaryamazing to see what happened in the space of 12 years. Out of the maze we see the greater perspective- the bigger picture of how vast and intense the developments in Barcelona were.The Poblenou district, which was the main hub of Spanish industrialisation during the 19th Century, istoday setting itself up as the leading economic and technological platform in Barcelona and Catalonia.Barcelona has been, and will continue to, transform the entire neighborhood of Poblenou, previouslyclusters of manufacturing industries, into a hub of office and university buildings for activities andcompanies involved in the fields of new technologies, information, knowledge, and communication.As a new city model, the 22@Barcelona Project reinterprets the function of the old industrial fabric ofPoblenou in a very contemporary way. It applies a new town planning model based on the knowledgeand information culture. The project promotes a dense, complex urban environment, which permits amore efficient use of the land, while at the same time contributing to the interaction and exchange ofinformation between the different urban agents and generating the critical mass required to achieve a! #%!
  • 26. synergy of economies. Whilst, at the same time, as a by-product to the 22@Project, is the high levelsof buildability, which enables urban refurbishment projects to contribute to the re-urbanisation of allthe districts streets, the generation of new green spaces such as the park by Jean Nouvel, otherfacilities and housing. In short, there is a decisive improvement to the quality of life enjoyed in thePoblenou district. The 35 kilometres of streets in the 22@Barcelona district were comprehensively re-urbanised under an Integrated Infrastructure Plan, which with a total investment of #162 million,provided for the complete refurbishment of the public space and the construction of a highlycompetitive utility network, structured to meet the technological, town planning and environmentalrequirements of today. The new services of the 22@Barcelona district of activities include modernpower supply grids, telecoms networks, centralized climate control, and pneumatic refuse collectionsystems and it prioritizing energy efficiency, noise pollution control and the reduction and responsibleuse of natural resource management. As a project of economic revitalisation, it offers a uniqueopportunity to turn the Poblenou District into an important scientific, technological and culturalplatform, making Barcelona one of the most dynamic and innovative cities in the world.Fig 13: Photographs showing the previous use for the 22@ District: Poblenou. It was the main hubof Spanish industrialisation during the 19th Century.The future development of Barcelona depends on its ability to integrate new information andcommunication technologies and, of course, to intensify its knowledge-driven industrial activities andprofit from them. Both for its innovative conceptualisation and for the nature of its productiveactivities, the 22@Barcelona district is changing the economic geography of city and stands out as oneof the areas of Metropolitan Barcelona with the greatest potential. Barcelonas production expertise ischanging rapidly; more than two-thirds of its exports are now high or medium-high technological! #&!
  • 27. goods. 22@ is one of Catalonia’s and Barcelona’s main business sectors both in terms of weight in theoverall economy, its importance in comparison with other European regions, and in terms of theimportance given to it by companies, universities and centres of research working in this area.38Fig 14: The above photographs taken in 2009 are some key examples of the architecture languagewhich, is being developed in the new district. I believe that this new language is a logical extensionfrom Barcelonas evolution of architectural design, which has always been fore-frontally modern andexperimental in essence.22@ The Current Financial SituationXavier Cama, director of Barcelona consultants Cushman & Wakefield and Healey & Baker, believesthat the majority attitude is to wait for the 22@ developments to be consolidated. Investors in the pasthave preferred a more central location along the Diagonal and Passeig de Gracia. ‘If the buildings inprogress are rented, the international investors will come’, says Cama. For Cama, 22@Barcelona willbe converted ‘into a tertiary zone of offices and commerce, important to the city. It will not, however,to be able to focus only on new technologies, since many of the companies are in crisis. Also, he goeson to say that, Barcelona has arrived a little late, in the sector of new technologies. Barcelona must!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$)!The Information and Communications Technologies sector (ICT).! #!
  • 28. aspire to attract multinational headquarters to the 22@. While diversity in the work force and aconstant supply of highly skilled people are important to maintaining or enhancing the innovativecapacity of a city and avoiding a convergence in knowledge and information, success depends on thecitys ability to understand the nature of its new asset and actively promote and use its skills. Theapproach taken so far is consistent with the development models earlier mentioned in this chapter,which suggests how diversity can be or is driving innovation. But utilizing this approach properlyrequires explicit management of the spaces and provision of special amenities to encourage cross-sector innovation. Innovation can also be encouraged through demand-side initiatives that seek cross-sector collaboration. These initiatives could include, for example, cutting edge electronic healthcaredelivery and telemedicine that involves digital media, ICT, bio-medical engineering and life sciencesor devising new pedagogical models for education delivery that involve all of these clusters. These areareas where the city already has demonstrated academic, research and industry leadership and there issubstantial public sector expenditure.39Research has reported that the international community in Barcelona is itself seeking greaterengagement and that the barriers for such engagement need to be pro-actively addressed. It requiresmuch more in policy terms than just developing the citys amenities and attracting the creativecompanies. As Barcelona has experienced; the jobs that have been created under the attraction policytend to be in the construction sector and retail and leisure services: not the knowledge economy. Thedriver for any sectors relocation is paradoxically the desire to be a part of a well-educated, mobileinternational community. Therefore high quality housing and services must be met to support thelifestyles that attracted them to the city in the first place. And with economic incentives to relocate,such as payment of lower taxes than in their home counties, their contribution to the public sector,(Barcelonas society) is proportionately much lower than that of the local citizens. Therefore, again,The Barcelona Model has turned a blind eye away from its own people in order to profit and gain, inthis case, in a corporate way.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$*!BARCELO, M., Presentation of 22@ Barcelona, District of Innovation to Urban Cluster,Conference, Barcelona, 2006. 67-69!! #(!
  • 29. Conclusion: Concluding thoughts on the Barcelona ModelThe main point to focus on is that The Barcelona Model has been extremely successful in the renewaland the redevelopment of the existing nuclei of the city; meaning, the renewal and redevelopment ofBarcelonas centre and its other metropolitan nodes. The ramifications of this great success areimpressive and wide-reaching. It is therefore understandable, that those who have only analyzedBarcelona’s experience from the outside have only focused on these impressive results of thequalitative urban planning. Therefore the great success of Barcelona only refers to the formercomponent of the model: - the qualitative urban design. It seems clear that the reconstruction ofBarcelona initiated strongly in the first part of the 1980s, constitutes an improved version of what hasbeen carried out subsequently in other cities. A vast number of high quality redevelopments and urbanimprovements have been carried out in the central areas, maintaining and increasing the vitality andurban quality of the different urban centres, taken to mean not just the official CBD (central businessdistrict), but also all the central nuclei of the metropolitan region of Barcelona. It is precisely herewhere the most creative and novel aspects of the #Model$ have been demonstrated.Turning to the second component of the Barcelona model – the strategic planning associated initiallywith the preparations for the Olympic Games. This has been subsequently maintained with as much, ifnot more, energy. This half of the Model has promoted Barcelona into a high position in theinternational urban rankings. The negative consequences, relating to polarisation and social exclusionare so much sidelined that to someone experiencing Barcelona from the outside (the tourist) theselocal citizen issues remain hidden. Great importance was given, in the last post-Olympic phase, to theprivate sector: The Forum and the 22@Project whereby certain processes, of a clearly North Americanorigin, such as marketing and theme labeling of the city, accelerated exponentially. These correspondto a highly globalized type of planning, especially that associated with Strategic Plans,40 which haveconverted Barcelona into a reference for other cities, especially those in Spain and Latin America. Thecapability demonstrated by the new Barcelona; to borrow, adapt and elaborate original processes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!%+!MONCLU, FRANCISCO-JAVIER., From ‘Reconstruction’ To Strategic Urban Projects, 1979 –2004, Departament d’Urbanisme i Ordenacio del Territori, Universitat Polite`cnica de Catalunya,Escola Te`cnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Valle`s, Barcelona, Spain. 14.!! #)!
  • 30. relating to the most advanced formulae of international urban planning, allows us to consider thepossible reorientation of its objectives and urban planning strategies over the coming years. Inparticular, the operations associated with the 22@Project will undoubtedly indicate Barcelona’scapacity to tackle the challenges that are still outstanding.The Barcelona Model has been a focus and an exemplar of progressive values for many years, yetwhat lies behind the scenes is an institutional capital with relatively conservative concerns. The Imageof Barcelona, as a representation of the essence of Catalan culture, by its very nature expresses its needto affirm its ability to be cosmopolitan and unique. Mixed into all of this is the cities intention orattitude of being a separate province or country; being independent, therefore being different.Until now, the notable success of Barcelonas marketing strategies are linked to the new symboliceconomy or cultural economy that is based upon urban tourism, the media and leisure. This contrastswith the other important aspects where much less attention has been paid: public transport and, aboveall, housing. Tackling these issues, in a more convincing way, would mark a new third part of theBarcelona Model; A new milestone, one which would be far wider reaching, far more wholesome andan extremely successful, complete planning model. Although, it is likely that, this much needed thirdstage would always remain somewhat under-proportioned in relation to the concerns of image, globalpositioning and economics.! #*!
  • 31. BibliographyMONCLU, FRANCISCO-JAVIER., From ‘Reconstruction’ To Strategic Urban Projects, 1979 –2004, Departament d’Urbanisme i Ordenacio del Territori, Universitat Polite`cnica de Catalunya,Escola Te`cnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Valle`s, Barcelona, Spain. 11.CHALKLEY, B & ESSEX., S. Urban development through hosting international events: a history ofthe Olympic Games. Planning Perspectives.1999. 369–394.GARCIA, A. ESPUCHE, M. GUARDIA, F, MONCLU !S, J & OYO !N, J. L., International ExhibitionsCould Be Seen In A Similar Perspective: Modernisation & Urban Beautification: The 1888 BarcelonaWorld’s Fair. Planning Perspectives 6. 1991. 125–138.MACKAY, D., Modern Architecture in Barcelona (1854 - 1939). 1985. The Anglo-Catalan Society,University of Sheffield.HERTZBERGER, H., Lessons for Students in Architecture, 010. 1991. Rotterdam.PRESTON, P., The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution, Revenge. Harper Perennial, UK. 2006.DAVID, W., Geography An Integrated Approach, 3rd Edition, Nelson Thornes, USA. 2000.Consorci del Barri de La Mina, Transformation of the Neighbourhood of La Mina. BCN. 2009. PDF,http://oisd.brookes.ac.uk/workshops/urss/resources/Joan_Callau_Mina.pdfAHO, E., Creating an Innovative Europe - Report of the Independant Expert Group on R&D andinnovation appointed following the Hampton Court Summit, European Commission. 2006, Office forOfficial Publications of the European Communities, ISBN 92-79-00964-8Ajuntament de Barcelona Census, 2006. Accessed at http://www.bcn.es/estadistica/castella/index.htmBARCELO, M., Presentation of 22@ Barcelona, District of Innovation to Urban Cluster, Conference,Barcelona, 2006.! $+!
  • 32. Cited PhotographsFig 1. Cerdás original figure-ground drawing of his ideal Barcelona.Fig 2. Postcard of Barcelona, 2007. Aerial view: Bought from Les Rambles 2009.Fig 3. Cerdás original figure-ground drawing of his ideal Barcelona, Zoomed-in.Fig 4. Helicoptor view of Barcelona. Overlooking Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. FlickrFig 5. Google Streets view of a typical street within the grid.Fig 6. Googel Map image showing where La Mina is located.Fig 7. Photographs 1970-71 showing the construction of La Mina.http://w3.bcn.es/barcelonainternacional/0,4022,229724149_548728499_1,00.htmlFig 8. Photograph 1975 showing graffiti and poverty.http://w3.bcn.es/barcelonainternacional/0,4022,229724149_548728499_1,00.htmlFig 9. Google Earth zoom in on the La Mina estate. 2009.Fig 10. Personal photographs of The Forum and Google Maps 2012Fig 11. Arial photograph of Barcelona highlighting the area, in blocks ,which the 22@BarcelonaProject occupies. http://www.22barcelona.comFig 12. Three photographs looking over Glores, Barcelona in 1993, 1999, and 2005.http://www.22barcelona.comFig 13. Old photographs showing the previous use for the 22@ Distict: Poblenou. It was the mainhub of Spanish industrialisation during the 19th Century. http://www.22barcelona.comFig 14. Personal photographs showing some key examples of the architecture language in the 22@District.! $"!
  • 33. Appendix 1 La Mina The first 5 years of the neighborhood• High level of unemployment.• High level of precarious employment.• Physical isolation.• High level of heroin consumption.• Appearance of organized criminal groups selling drugs.• High level of anti-social behavior.• Strong deterioration of public spaces and housing.La Mina Transformation Plan Challenges• Physical isolation of the area.• Social isolation.• Degrading urban and environmental surroundings.• Weakness of social networks.• Significant educational deficits among the population.• Nonexistent or low professional qualifications.• A high level of unemployment.• Informal and illicit activities.• Lack of civic-mindedness. Social Action Plan• Rehabilitate housing and improve access to buildings.• Social, educational, cultural and sports facilities.• Urban development of public spaces.• Cooperation in improving personal safety.• New housing project. Courses of Action (with 3 million euros annually from 2000 – 2009)• Training and occupational integration.• Balancing family and professional lives.• Development of the local economy.• Community participation and development.• Public space and civic-mindedness.• Social and educational support.• Improving coexistence and civic-mindedness.! $#!
  • 34. Appendix 2The Barcelona Regeneration Model Consensus41The Barcelona Model of local government and management combines strategic insight, politicalleadership, innovation, professional management, quality and proximity, civic culture, participationand the involvement of the citizens. It explores some of the elements that have contributed to anefficient municipal management, that obtained new investment based on the optimisation of currentexpenditure and that have transformed the city, maintaining an important level of consensus of thecitys population.42• International events are used to enhance prestige, attract private investment and to focus andmotivate the citys workforce.• Buildings and infrastructure constructed for the events are of very high quality and serve a doublepurpose: for short-term use during the event itself and as a means of regenerating a decaying area ofthe city in the long-term.• The use of low-paid immigrant labour and multiple sub-contracting in the construction industry.• The city is seen as the sum of its neighborhoods, rather than comprising of distinct parts. Thisdiscourages a bit-meal approach to regeneration and instead emphasizes the building of communities.• Public intervention is linked to the demands of the local community.• A reduction in urban density of 20%.• The radical transformation of the perimetres of the worst affected areas. It is easier to begin thetransformation process where the deterioration is not so significant.• Careful planning of public building locations to encourage regeneration and prevent duplication.• Buildings of heritage value are conserved for public use such as schools, libraries, offices, culturalcentres, etc.• The introduction of mixed new land uses into an area, including service industries, office and retail,private and public housing.• The encouragement of innovative architecture and thinking.• Investment in transport infrastructure to improve accessibility. This increases opportunities foreconomic and social activity.• A deliberate policy of introducing a new social mix into deprived neighborhoods.• The creation of new communal open spaces in strategic areas to encourage social mixing. The openspaces are created well before new building development commences.• A flexible rather than rigid approach to planning.• A policy of spreading new retail and service industries throughout the city, particularly in centralareas to retain vibrant communities.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!%"!Ajuntament de Barcelona Consensus, 2006.!%#!MONCLU, FRANCISCO-JAVIER., From ‘Reconstruction’ To Strategic Urban Projects, 1979 –2004, Departament d’Urbanisme i Ordenacio del Territori, Universitat Polite`cnica de Catalunya,Escola Te`cnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Valle`s, Barcelona, Spain. 29.!! $$!
  • 35. • A block on new out-of-town shopping centre developments.• Compulsory purchase of buildings in very poor condition in order to renovate them using publicfunds.• Building renovations completed to a high standard, both interior and exterior.• Tax incentives and grants to refurbish properties.• Strong political and local leadership to drive the regeneration process.• Education, job training, health, crime and leisure initiatives to help tackle the social problems ofilliteracy, poorhealth, and high unemployment.• Collaboration between the Leisure and Social Services Departments to tackle social exclusionamongst the disaffected young. Leisure amenities in schools are kept open until late into the evening.! $%!
  • 36. Appendix 322@Project: Reasons to InvestAs a project of social revitalisation, the 22@Bacelona project favors the networking of the differentprofessionals working in the district and encourages and supports innovative projects that fosterscollaboration among companies, institutions and residents as well as social, educational and culturalorganisations too, to thrive and synergize together. Qualified professionals and working practices aredetermining factors for many companies when setting up in an area. Barcelona and its metropolitanregion have a highly qualified work force and they (Barcelona and its population) have been chosenby more than 250 innovative companies to be their location for their Headquarters. Moreover, thecapital of Catalonia has been considered the best European city in terms of quality of life byprofessionals for six consecutive years, and the fourth best European city to do business.43 Barcelonaoffers a variety of reasons that make it a really attractive place to live, work and to do businesses. Thecity has been well promoted and marketed.44 The marketing angel the 22@Project has taken can besummarized in the following sound-bite; The 22@Barcelona opts for a high quality, compact, mixed,sustainable urban model, which results in a better balanced, more hybrid, ecologically, a moreefficient city of greater economic weight and cohesion, therefore it forms part of the overall strategyBarcelona, the City of Knowledge.45 The reasons to invest are;1. Strategic Geographical LocationBy road, Barcelona is just 2 hours from France. The gateway to the South of Europe, it boasts a port,and international airports, Free Trade Zone, a logistics park, international trade fairs and a city centreradius of only 5 km.2. Extensive Transport InfrastructureBarcelona is part of a network of highways connected with Europe; it has the fastest-growingEuropean airport; Spain’s top port and the biggest port in the Mediterranean in terms of containertransport; boasts a dense network in terms of its underground transport (Metro), railways and buses;and the arrival of the High-Speed Train in 2007 and connections with the European network in 2009.3. Centre of a Large Economic, Dynamic and Diverse AreaThe area of Barcelona is made up of 4.7 million inhabitants. It is the capital of Catalonia with 7million inhabitants, and at the centre of the Mediterranean Rim; which is a large economic area with18 million inhabitants. It represents 70% of the GDP of Catalonia, and has a GDP growth rate which isalways above the European average, it is the sixth biggest urban agglomeration in Europe and it is fifthin terms of its concentration of industrial activity.4. Successful Foreign InvestmentBarcelona is the fourth best city in Europe for business, it represents 20% of the annual foreigninvestment in Spain. There are approximately 3,000 foreign companies set up in the city and 97% aresatisfied with their investments. Barcelona has also consolidated its position as a centre for theEuropean Divisions of Multinationals.5. Acknowledged International PositioningBarcelona does well in different international rankings, which shows its highly favorable urbanposition, its capacity to attract foreign capital and its magnetic entrepreneurial character and thequality of life.6. Human Resources Prepared for the FutureHighly educated; highly productive, one of the most qualified in Europe according to the OECD; 5public Universities, 2 private Universities, prestigious business schools: IESE, ESADE, EADA; 27!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!%$!According to the European Cities Monitor 2006 carried out by Cushman & Wakefield.%%!The good promoted as reasons to invest are listed in the Appendix 3.%&!BARCELO, M., Presentation of 22@ Barcelona, District of Innovation to Urban Cluster,Conference, Barcelona, 2006. 22.!! $&!
  • 37. international schools; and an extensive penetration of new technologies; with good character forinnovation and creativity.7. Excellent Quality of LifeBarcelona is the top city in Europe in terms of quality of life. Mild climate, sunny, beaches, within aclose proximity to top quality ski resorts; a splendid cultural; a network of 4,500 educationinstitutions; a modern and accessible health system. It is easy to get around on public transport, and asystem of nature parks surrounds the city.8. Large Urban Projects for the FutureTransformation of 1,000 Hectres / 7 million m! of built surface area in the Llobregat area; withprojects on the logistics sector and internationalisation, with enlargements to the port and the airport;Besòs area: urban renewal, with sustainability and research centres; La Sagrera-Sant Andreu: arrival ofthe high-speed train; 22@Barcelona: the new technology and innovation district.9. A Competitive Real Estate OfferExtensive stock of offices, commercial premises and industrial plants with an excellent price-qualityrelation. The construction of housing is also in an expansive phase.10. Unique Public-Private Co-operationBarcelona City Council and the Catalan government are very much in favour of companies; success intraditional public-private collaboration has been a key in the transformation of Barcelona.! $!
  • 38. Appendix 4Chronology of Barcelona3rd Century BC. According to legend, the city is founded by Hercules.218 BC. Barcelona area is occupied at the start of the Second Punic War by Carthaginian troops underthe leadership of Hamilcar Barca.possibly giving rise to the city’s name.14 BC. Founding of Barcino by the Romans. As a colonia, it was established to distribute land amongretired soldiers. The Roman geographer Pomponius Mela refers to Barcino as one of a number ofsmall settlements under the control ofTarraco. However its strategic position on a branch of the ViaAugusta allowed its commercial and economic development,[5] and it enjoyed immunity from imperialtaxation3rd century BC. The first Christian communities established (diocese of Tarraco established by 259,)250. The first raids by the Germanic tribes.Mid-4th century. The Jewish population of Barcino/Barchinona is establied in Barcelona (at thelatest). While the Jewish religion had been tolerated by the Romans, Jews suffered varying degrees ofdiscrimination and persecution under the Visigoths. The Jewish population of Barchinona wasconsiderable enough under the reign of Wamba (672–680) to demand a royal edict to expel theSefardim.415. Ataulf who had established his court at Barcino, is murdered by his own troops in the city.711. Moors arrive in Spain.717. The city is conquered by the Moors. While the cathedral was converted into a mosque and taxeslevied on non-Muslims, religious freedom and civil government was largely respected. The local Walíwas mostly concerned with military matters, with the count and the local bishop having large day-to-day control of the local population. The Christians who did not flee the city formed the Mossarabcommunity, in the same way that the Muslims who remained here became Mudejars when the Franksentered Barcelona. The eighty years of Moorish rule ended on 4 April 801, with the arrival of Louisthe Pious to the city.801. The Franks take Barsiluna (Barcelona) from the Moors.878. Wilfred the Hairy Count of Girona and Barcelona.985. Al-Mansur attacks and sacks Barcelona.1025. Ramon Berenguer I grants a charter to Barcelona.1169. Fortifications are modernised. Agricultural and commercial areas are protected with separatesets of walls.1217. James I recognises the “universitat dels ciutadans” (citizens’ privileges and rights torepresentation) of Barcelona.1249-1258. Constitution of Barcelona municipal organisation.1265. James I sets up the Consell de Cent (a Council of one hundred members).1283. Peter II reformsBarcelona’s municipal government by means of the Recognoverunt proceres (recognition of ancientcustoms and existing privileges).Fourteenth century. Construction of the Barcelona Ravalwalls.Fifteenth century.1348. Continuation of the Plague epidemics, which began in the fourteenth century: The Black Death,Also in 1349, 1350, 1351, 1362, 1363, 1371, 1375, 1381, 1396, 1397, 1410, 1429, 1439, 1501, 1507,1521.1391. Attacks on the Jewish quarters of various Catalan cities.1401. Founding of the Barcelona Commodity exchange.1450. Founding of the University of Barcelona.1487. The Spanish Inquisition is set up in Barcelona. The exile of Jews and converted Jews had begunin previous years.! $(!
  • 39. Fifteenth Century. People of Romany origin arrive in Catalonia.1558. Ciutadella is sacked.1563-1578. Inquisition very active in Barcelona. Numerous autos de fe are held.1640. “Corpus de Sang” (Corpus of Blood, 7th June), a popular revolt against the cost of maintainingbilleted soldiers. Political revolution. Beginning of the Reapers’ War.1641. Louis XIII of France is proclaimed count of Barcelona.1701-1714. Barcelona becomes embroiled in the War of the Spanish Succession, which ultimately ledto the city’s defeat by Castilian troops.The city is occupied and loses its political autonomy.1737. First printed calico manufacture in Barcelona.1753. Building work starts on Barceloneta.1762. Extension to Barcelona’s port.1792. Appearance of the Diario de Barcelona (Barcelona daily newspaper).1808. The Peninsular War.1814. End of the Peninsular War. Absolutism is re-established by Ferdinand VII. 1814. The firstworkers’ strike takes place in Barcelona, resulting in riots and numerous causalities.1821. Outbreak of yellow fever in the city. The disease was brought by a boat from Cuba. Theepidemic first hit the poor areas, and then the rest of the city. It is thought that at least 20,000inhabitants died from the disease, that is a sixth of the total population (120,000). The French blockedoff all borders by land and sea. The first outbreak of yellow fever in Spain was in 1701. It wouldremain an endemic killer for 180 years, particularly in the southern ports. A single chain of yellowfever outbreaks between 1800 and 1803 claimed more than 60,000 lives in Cadiz, Seville and Jerez.300,000 people are believed to have died from yellow fever in Spain during the 19th century. A shipalso brought the last outbreak of yellow fever in Barcelona in 1870 from Cuba. 1,235 deaths wererecorded.1823. Barcelona and other cities are besieged by the Cent mil fils de Saint Louis (the Hundredthousand sons of Saint Louis, an army sent by France to help Ferdinand VII against the liberals).1833. Ferdinand VII dies. Beginning of the first Carlist War.1840-1843. Disturbances in Barcelona.1848. Opening of the first railway line in Spain, from Barcelona to Mataró.1849. “España Industrial” opens the Vapor Nou (New Steam Factory) in Sants.1854. Approval is given for the demolition of Barcelona’s walls.1859. Production of Ildefons Cerdà’s “Proyecto de Reforma y Ensanche de Barcelona” (Plan for theurban extension and reform of Barcelona).1861. El Liceu seriously damaged by fire.1870. The last outbreak of yellow fever in Barcelona, also brought by a ship from Cuba. 1,235 deathswere recorded.1870. Anti-military revolts in Gràcia, Sants and other parts of the Barcelona area.1876. Construction of the Born market in Barcelona. Flowering of architecture with ironwork.1888. Exposició Universal (Universal Exhibition) in Barcelona. The redevelopment of the formerBourbon military Ciutadella (fortress) is completed.1888. Founding congresses of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE, Spanish SocialistWorkers’ Party) and the Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT, General Workers’ Union ) inBarcelona. 1895-1906. Modernista architecture is at its peak.1893. November 7. The Liceu bomb. On the opening night of the season and during the second act ofthe opera Guillaume Tell by Rossini, two Orsini bombs were thrown into the stalls of the opera house.Only one of the bombs exploded and some twenty people were killed with many more being injured.! $)!
  • 40. The attack was the work of the anarchist Santiago Salvador and it deeply shocked Barcelona,becoming the symbol of the turbulent social unrest of the time. The bomb which did not explode wasshown in the Van Gogh Museum in a 2007 exhibition Barcelona around 19001896. First cinematographic film shown in Barcelona.1896. Pablo Picasso arrives in Barcelona.1897. The Montjuïc Trials of anarchists.1897, (12th June). Legendary arts café Els Quatre Gats opens its doors. More here1902. Lluís Doménech i Montaner begins work on the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona.1870. First use of electricity as an energy source in factories and for lighting.1875. First power station in Barcelona.1883. Montjuïc cementary opened, built as the consequence of the massive growth of the city. Overone million people are interned here. See also here1888. Barcelona hosts the first Universal Exposition Fair. Start of the city as a tourist centre, lead to agreat extension of its urbanised area from Citadella Park to Barceloneta.1894. Founding of the Companyia Barcelonesa d’Electricitat (Barcelona Electricity Company), usingGerman capital, which builds a large power station on Paral.lel.1897. The city absorbs six surrounding municipalities (Sants, Gracià…) and the district of Eixample.1901-1930. Construction of Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. designed by the Catalan modernistarchitect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Together with Palau de la Música Catalana, it is a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.1902. General Strike. The painting by Ramón Casas La Carga (The Charge) gained famed during thestrike.1906-1910. Casa Milà better known as La Pedrera was built by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí1909. The Tragic Week (July 25 – August 2) was series of bloody confrontations between the Spanisharmy and the working classes of Barcelona and other cities of Catalonia. The attack was againstanarchists, socialists and republicans, ordered by Prime Minister Antonio Maura who sent reservetroops after Spain renewed military-colonial activity in Morocco on July 9 (2nd Rif War). 104–150civilians were reportedly killed. 1,700 individuals were arrested and indicted in military courts forarmed rebellion, 5 of them were sentenced to death and 59 life in prison.1910. First flight in an aeroplane in Spain, at the Can Tunis racetrack. Holding of the congress ofworkers that saw the birth of the Anarchist union “Confederación Nacional del Trebajo” (CNT)1911. Founding of the Energia Elèctrica de Catalunya, Barcelona Traction, Light and Power (knownas the Canadenca – the Canadian), and the Societat General de Forces Hidroelèctriques.1914. A new bullring, “El Sport”, is erected in Barcelona. Two years later, after some remodelling, itis renamed the “Monumental”. The Spanish workers who had been repatriated on account of theoutbreak of the First World War arrive at the “Estació de França”. Outbreak of a typhus epidemiccaused by dirty water . It will eventually kill 2.000 people. The authorities decide to close off all thepublic drinking fountains carrying water from Montcada.1917. Heavy storms devastate the slum area of Somorrostro, leaving 150 people homeless. 33 peopleare killed in Barcelona during a general strike. People walk in the streets holding white handkerchiefs.1917. Opening of the amusement park at the top of the Tibidabo hill.1918. Spanish flu hits Barcelona. A state of war is proclaimed in Barcelona.1924. The metro is opened.1926. Guadí run over by a tram.1929. Second major international exhibition is organised in Barcelona, leading to the urbanisation ofthe area aroundPlaça Espanya and providing the impetus for further construction of the metro.1936. (17th July). Outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.! $*!
  • 41. 1936. (19th July). The Olympic Stadium is built for the People’s Olympics, scheduled to be held inBarcelona from July 19 to July 26 as a protest event against the 1936 Summer Berlin Olympics. Thegames were cancelled due to the war. Heavy streetfighting breaks out between workers militias(principally CNT), the Civil Guard and loyal troops on one side and around 12,000 rebel soldiers onthe other.1936. (20th July). The workers’ militias with the help of the Civil Guard and loyal troops gain backcontrol over the city in a dramatic two-day barricade fight. The rebels are defeated. The anarchistsstorm the ams depost and barracks and seize some 90,000 rifles.1936. (24th July). The Anarquist Durruti Column, with around three thousand men led byBuenaventura Durruti are the first volunteer militia to leave Barcelona, heading for the Aragon front.Many companies and public services are collectivised by the CNT and UGT unions. Much of the cityis under the effective control of the CNT.1937. George Orwell arrives in Barcelona, where he describes the camaraderie of the revolutionaryatmosphere. He asserts that Barcelona appeared to have been “a town where the working class were inthe saddle”: a large number of businesses had been collectivised, the Anarchists were “in control”,tipping was prohibited by workers themselves, and servile forms of speech, such as “Señor” or “Don“,were abandoned. He goes on to describe events at the Lenin Barracks (formerly the Cuartel de Lepantowhere militiamen were given “what was comically called ‘instruction’” in preparation for fighting atthe front. The Anarchists were still in virtual control of Catalonia and the revolution was still in fullswing. To anyone who had been there since the beginning it probably seemed even in December orJanuary that the revolutionary period was ending; but when one came straight from England the aspectof Barcelona was something startling and overwhelming. It was the first time that I had ever been in atown where the working class was in the saddle. Practically every building of any size had been seizedby the workers and was draped with red flags and with the red and black flag of the Anarchists; everywall was scrawled with the hammer and sickle and with the initials of the revolutionary parties; almostevery church had been gutted and its images burnt. Churches here and there were being systematicallydemolished by gangs of workmen. Every shop and cafe had an inscription saying that it had beencollectivized; even the bootblacks had been collectivized and their boxes painted red and black.Waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal. Servile and evenceremonial forms of speech had temporarily disappeared. Nobody said ‘Senor’ or ‘Don’ or even‘Ústed’; everyone called everyone else ‘Comrade’ or ‘Thou’, and said ‘Salud!’ instead of ‘Buenosdías’. Tipping had been forbidden by law since the time of Primo de Rivera; almost my firstexperience was receiving a lecture from a hotel manager for trying to tip a lift-boy. There were noprivate motor-cars, they had all been commandeered, and the trams and taxis and much of the othertransport were painted red and black. The revolutionary posters were everywhere, flaming from thewalls in clean reds and blues that made the few remaining advertisements look like daubs of mud.Down the Ramblas, the wide central artery of the town where crowds of people streamed constantly toand fro, the loud-speakers were bellowing revolutionary songs all day and far into the night. And itwas the aspect of the crowds that was the queerest thing of all. In outward appearance it was a town inwhich the wealthy classes had practically ceased to exist. Except for a small number of women andforeigners there were no ‘well-dressed’ people at all. Practically everyone wore rough working-classclothes, or blue overalls or some variant of militia uniform. All this was queer and moving. There wasmuch in this that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized itimmediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for…so far as one could judge the people werecontented and hopeful. There was no unemployment, and the price of living was still extremely low;you saw very few conspicuously destitute people, and no beggars except the gypsies. Above all, therewas a belief in the revolution and the future, a feeling of having suddenly emerged into an era ofequality and freedom. Human beings were trying to behave as human beings and not as cogs in thecapitalist machine.” Homage to Catalonia1937. (1st May). The parade for the international labour day is prohibited in Barcelona because of thetense atmosphere police and worker organisations.1937. (3rd-8th May). (Els Fets de Maig in Catalan, Los Hechos de Mayo) Stalinists and officialgovernment troops take control from CNT and POUM after the street fighting of the Barcelona MayDays.1937. (3rd May). Violent incident at the Barcelona central telephone office. Without knowledge of theCatalan government, the Catalan councilor for public order, the Communist Rodriguez Salas, tries to! %+!
  • 42. take control over the city’s central telephone office, which has been controlled since the beginning ofthe war by the CNT and UGT. Salas got this order directly from the Catalan minister for inner affairs,Ayguade, also a Communist. A company of Assault Guards storms the building around 3 p.m., “handsup”, arresting everybody they can. The armed guards on the machine gun post at the stairs on thesecond floor are not informed in advance, nor is anyone else in the building. When they see armeduniformed men coming up the stairs and hear the yells and shouting from the first floor they shout“stop there and don’t come up” at which point a gunfight breaks out. The anarchist guards resist theirattackers and keep control of the upper floors of the building. This skirmish leads to fightingthroughout the city. Several hundred barricades are built; Communist-controlled police units occupyhigh buildings and church towers, shooting at everything that moves. The Communists attack not onlythe CNT, they also arrest POUM members. The actions are obviously well planned. Some police unitsand the Republican army stay neutral in the fighting, although army officers, if members of CNT/FAIor POUM, are also arrested if caught at Communist-controlled check points. The police director ofBarcelona — a member of the CNT — together with the leader of the “control patrols” comes to thetelephone central in an attempt to get the occupying police forces to leave the central peacefully. Theyhave no success, instead Catalonian prime minister Lluis Companys declares that he, like everyoneelse, was not informed in advance by his minister for internal affairs, but that he agrees all in all withthe police action. The radio stations of the CNT and FAI call hourly upon their members to maintainpublic order and keep calm.1937.(4th May). General strike in Barcelona. Gunfights throughout the city.1937. (5th May). Companys obtains a fragile truce between the different fighting groups, on the basisof which Rodriguez Salas, now blamed for the police action against the telephone central, has toresign. Communist commandos are still arresting people and the Communist/Socialist official AntoniSese is murdered, probably by Anarchist gunmen.1937. (6th May). “Neutral” police troops from Valencia arrive in Barcelona to stop the fighting. The5,000 Assault Guards (chosen more or less carefully for their political opinions, to ensure a “neutral”force and the trust of both sides) occupy several strategic points throughout the city. The workersabandon the barricades and the telephone central is handed over to the government. When the AssaultGuards enter the city and passed by the central building of the Anarchist CNT, several hundreds ofthem salute the black and red Anarchist flag on the building. Nevertheless, reprisals against the anti-Stalinist left are starting throughout the Republic.1937. (7th May). The fighting in Barcelona concludes, with more than 500 dead and over 1500wounded. Many are still under illegal arrest in several Communist-controlled police stations, militiabarracks and secret prisons.1937. (8th May). In Barcelona, police find the horribly mutilated bodies of 12 murdered young men. 8of the bodies are so mutilated that they cannot be identified. The 4 identified bodies belong to 4 younganarchists, illegally arrested together with 8 friends on May 4 outside the Communist militia barracksin Barcelona, when they were passing by on a truck with “CNT” written on it. The names of theidentified young men are: Cesar Fernández Neri, Jose Villena, Juan Antonio, and Luis Carneras.Police also found the dead bodies of the Italian anarchist professor Berneri and two of his friends, whowere arrested during the May incidents by Communist militias. Orwell relates his involvement in theBarcelona street fighting that began on 3rd of May when the Government Assault Guards tried to takethe telephone exchange from the CNT workers who controlled it. For his part, Orwell acted as part ofthe POUM, guarding a POUM-controlled building. Although he realises that he is fighting on the sideof the working class, Orwell describes his dismay at coming back to Barcelona on leave from the frontonly to get mixed up in street fighting. In his second appendix to the book, Orwell discusses thepolitical issues at stake in the May 1937 Barcelona fighting, as he saw them at the time and later on,looking back.1937. (15th May). Largo Caballero resigns, Juan Negrín becomes prime minister of the SpanishRepublic. After fighting against domination of Spain by any one faction — Communist, Anarchist, orleft Socialists -Caballero is left alone with no one on his side. Juan Negrín is presented as the man ofthe hour, leader of the “Government of the Victory”, as the press presents him and his cabinet. Thereare no CNT ministers in this new government.1937. (27th May). The new Negrín government accepts the accusations against the POUM andprohibits their newspaper La Batalla.! %"!
  • 43. 1937. (17th June). Nin is arrested in Barcelona. His arrest is not announced in public; Communistagents take him secretly to an illegal prison in Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid. Nin is interrogatedunder torture by NKVD agent Alexander Orlov. Soviet agents assassinate Nin on June 21.1937. (15th August). SIM created; political meetings in Barcelona forbidden. The SIM (Servicio deInteligencia Militar) gives back the control of secret police activities to the government, rather thanleaving it in the hands of Soviet and Communist intelligence organisations. Political meetings areforbidden in Barcelona from now on. The mixture of regionalism, anarchism, and defeatism,constituted a steady drain of the Republican war effort. Also the situation was unstable after the Mayincidents.1937. (30th October). The Republican government abandons Valencia for Barcelona.1938. (30th January). Bombing of Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, the second worst bombing atrocity to hitBarcelona during the war.1938. (16th March). Italian aircraft stationed in Majorca attack the city 13 times dropping 44 tons ofbombs, aimed at the civil population. These attacks were at the request of General Franco asretribution.1939. (15th January). Nationalists occupy Tarragona, only a few hours driving from Barcelona1939. (24th January). Franco’s troops are closing in, most civilians hide in their homes, not daring towalk the streets of the city.1939. (26th January). The city falls into Nationalist hands under command of Yague occupy Barcelonawithout resistance. The last Republican soldiers and representatives just left the city shortly before.1939. (27th January). Fascist troops parade through the streets of Barcelona.1939. (1st April). End of the war. Catalan language is suppressed.1940. (1st March). Law ‘Against Freemasonry and Communism’.1940. (18th March). Decree making 1st of April (anniversary of the victory) a national holiday.1940. (1st April): Beginning of work on monumental pantheon of the ‘crusade’, the Valley of theFallen.! %#!
  • 44. 1940. (12th July). Reestablishment of the Military Code of Justice for crimes ‘derived from theMovimiento Nacional’ (civil war).1940. (15th October). President Lluís Companys 1882 - 1940) was executed. Companys was the 123rdPresident of Catalonia, Spain from 1934 and during the Spanish Civil War. He was a lawyer andleader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) political party. Exiled after the war, he was capturedand handed over by the Nazi secret police, the Gestapo, to the Spanish dictatorship of FranciscoFranco, who had him executed by firing squad. Companys is the only incumbent president of a regionin Europe to have been executed.1951. Tram strike in Barcelona: public protest against increase in fares, the first in Spain against theFranco regime.1952. The district of Congrés is developed for the International Eucharistic Congress.1953. General Plan for the District of Barcelona.1953. (26th September). Accord between US and Spanish governments on technical and economicassistance.1957. Production of the SEAT 600 car begins.1957. Camp Nou opened. FC Barcelona won their first game at Camp Nou in impressive fashion, a 4–2 victory against Legia Warsaw, with Eulogio Martínez scoring the first goal at the new stadium. Over90,000 fans were present.1957. Barcelona Urban Planning Commission plans the construction of residential estates in Bellvitge,la Verneda, Guineueta, Horta, Bon Pastor, Badalona, Baró de Viver and Cornellà.1970. Population of Barcelona is: 1,557,863 inhabitants, 15,517 per km!.1971. Strike at SEAT. One worker dies. Assemblea de Catalunya (Assembly of Catalonia) is formed.1974. Creation of the Corporación Metropolitana de Barcelona (Metropolitan Corporation ofBarcelona). the metropolitan management of urban services such as transport or water supply.1974. Execution of Salvador Puig i Antich in La Modelo prison, the last death penalty to be carried outin Spain, together with a common prisoner on the same day in Tarragona.1975. Death of Franco. Cava (Sparkling Wine) sold out throughout the city.1977. Massive demonstrations in Barcelona call for restoring Catalan autonomy.1977. October: Political amnesty decreed by parliament.1992. Barcelona hosts the Summer Olympic Games1994. Second Liceu fire. Burning the Liceu Opra House, resulting in the new Liceu Opra House.1996, (March). Election victory of conservative Partido Popular.2009. Barcelona complete a historic treble with a 2-0 win in the Champions League Final over holdersManchester United.! %$!