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Planned Space versus Lived Space: The case of Plaça dels Angels, Barcelona

Authors: Grant Saff*, Hofstra University
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Europe
Keywords: Urban Planning, public space, Barcelona
Session Type: Paper
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The focus of the presentation revolves around debates in urban planning theory, together with empirical research, that guided the design and use for the public square (Plaça dels Àngels) that is adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art in the historic downtown Barcelona neighborhood of El Raval. In particular, there is consideration of the adaptations that policymakers have made since the 1990s to justify and reconcile their urban design for the space compared to how the space is actually being used by different social groups. The presentation makes substantial use of visual documentation (primarily maps and photographs) to highlight the conflict between the planners vision, residents needs and the way that others (primarily skateboarders and tourists) have expropriated the space for their own use.

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