Raval is special and the world has to know it!

María Cantón together with Alomar,C.; Cantón,M.; Decathalogne, G.; Díaz,N.; Esteban,M.; Homs,M.; Juyol,P.; Kaiser,L.; López,J.; Nogueira,X.; Soler,J.; Torrabadella,A.; Torras,J.; Ye Dai,C. Blanquerna students (Barcelona) Group 34 of Blanquerna has done an exploration to know the other side of our neighbourhood: El Raval. Our walk began at ‘Carrer Tallers’, a street next to Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University, with lots of vintage and music stores. We have continued towards ‘Institut de Cultura de Barcelona’,  to recognise certain cultural aspects of Barcelona that differ from other cities in Europe. The next stop was ‘Antiga Escola…

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EL RAVAL: The Peripheric Suburb at the Center of the City

El Raval is known for its dense population, but also for being one of the most controversial and yet interesting neighborhoods. Very few people want to give a second chance to this neighborhood due to its bad image, nevertheless there are a lot of different and unique iconic places to discover in it. Its potential of transformation, its people and the polyphonic style of life are some words that best define El Raval. In this article we want to highlight the best and the worst of El Raval. Even though…

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Leisure vs. insecurity

by Rebeca Iglesias, Claudia Alonso, Jan Bifolco and Xavier Gil “El Raval”, the Barcelona district with the most contrasts and, is also, without a doubt, the most stigmatized. According to the media it is, above all, synonymous with insecurity and crime. As shown in the table elaborated by the city district, 57% of the news from Raval are about insecurity, doubling the percentage of crimes really happening 30%. Some residents claim that “el Raval” is losing its essence due to this stigmatization and the little physical and economic effort of…

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Raval Cultural

Raval Cultural was born in June 2013 with the aim of promoting and asserting the great cultural and heritage richness that exists in the neighborhood of Raval and in order to identify the image of the neighborhood with what it really encompasses, enhance the joint and transversal action in the cultural field and strengthen the link between the residents of Raval and culture. The achievement of these objectives has been raised through three fields: to promote cultural action and activities, to encourage urban actions around the facilities and to promote…

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Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, ​​also known by its acronym MACBA, is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art and cultural practices. It is located in the Raval district of the city of Barcelona, ​​very close to the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. It was declared a museum of national interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya. Since 2015 it has been directed by Ferran Barenblit. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) opened its doors on November 28, 1995. The installation of the museum in Plaça…

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Gran Teatre del Liceu

The Gran Teatre del Liceu, known as the Liceu, is an opera house located on Barcelona’s Rambla as part of the El Raval district. It was inaugurated in 1847 with great public repercussions. The Theater has a capacity of 3,500 spectators and at that time the stage had the most modern technology and facilities. In 1861, 14 years after its opening, a fire destroyed the hall and the stage. The Theater fell into disrepair and was rebuilt in just one year. In the year 62, the doors were reopened with…

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State of emergency

by Mar Peirató and Mariona Vidal Due to the crisis triggered by Covid-19, several entities in the Ciutat Vella district have come together to end the consequences of the pandemic on the district, as well as poverty and social deprivation. They have created a new platform that brings together civil society, Emergència Ciutat Vella. The dependence of the tourism sector has been its main problem, since it has suffered a massive decline with the pandemic situation and this has caused the queues of food distribution points to increase considerably, mostly…

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The skaters and the Raval

by Montserrat Español and Sergi Bimbela The Raval neighborhood, and specially the square of the contemporary art’s museum of Barcelona (MACBA) and Joaquín Costa’s street, is known for the rise of young groups of skaters, mostly tourists, who practice skating with their skateboards.  Even so, this act raises the protest of many residents of the neighborhood. These, who have to get up early to go to work, are tired of the noise that occurs late at night and prevents them from falling asleep. Noise that is also amplified by the…

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Skating in the Raval

Skating in the Raval by Max Salvadó The practice of skateboarding characterizes the Raval neighbourhood. When you step into the central district of Barcelona, you are more likely to run into someone riding a skateboard than a car or a motorbike. In fact, for some years now, this sport has been very remarkable and popular in the area. It has become a place of pilgrimage for skaters from around the world and a commonplace for practising tricks for local skaters. However, the Raval residents are fed up to bear people…

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Architecture and Urbanism

by Blanquerna Seminar 42 According to Itziar González Virós, Architect and councilor of Ciutat Vella between 2007 and 2010, one of the main problems in the recovery process of the center of Barcelona has been the fact that this proposal was excessively physical and static. The physical project that was posed thirty years ago is almost finished, however, reality shows that the changes made are not enough. If a dynamic and motor center for the country is what we aspire to create a static project cannot achieve so.  Already in…

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