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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Barcelona Raval

by Blanquerna Seminar 32 1- INTERCULTURALITY Raval: 47,274 people live in the Raval and it is the only district in all of Barcelona where more than 50% of the population is foreign. Main communities are from Pakistan with 5.183, Phillipines with 4.277 and Bangladesh with 2.434 membres Each community has its own customs and have different roles in the Raval. Pakistanis and Bengalies own food supermarkets and mobile phone stores. Phillipines mainly work as home assistants. Iconic place: La Rambla del Raval La Rambla del Raval is an example of…

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