Superblocks

Barcelona, Spain ,2016

One of the most far-reaching city street experiments are the ‘superilles/supermanzanas/superblocks’ in Barcelona. City block by city block, the traffic function of streets is being downgraded and the public space function upgraded, by reducing space and facilities for the former and increasing them for the latter. There is a fascinating learning process going on. After controversies surrounding the first interventions, the city is now adopting a more experimental, learning by doing approach, where feedback from local residents and businesses is highlighted. The long term ambition is mind boggling: close to 7 million square meters of street space are to be thus repurposed! Might this be something for your city as well?

Overview article: https://urbanland.uli.org/planning-design/barcelonas-experiment-superblocks/

Official website: http://www.bcnecologia.net/en

Photo: Luca Bertolini

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