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PODCAST: Superblocks and tactical urbanism – who owns Barcelona's streets?

Plan for more green, clean, car-free and pedestrian-friendly public spaces not without challenges

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25 September 2021 08:00 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

A look at Barcelona's fascinating urban history and bold plans for the future. Press play below to listen or subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or Spotify.

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Dr Zaida Muxí Martínez from the Barcelona School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia explains the challenges facing the city as it seeks to transform its public spaces.

Cillian Shields visits a so-called superblock in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood to see if cars, bicycles, electric scooters and pedestrians can co-exist.

Alan Ruiz Terol recounts the history of Barcelona, from the ancient Roman walled city to Ildefons Cerdà's 19th century expansion plan.

This week's Catalan phrase is "ser mes vell que l'anar a peu," which means "to be older than going on foot."

Presented by Lorcan Doherty. 

Listen to more episodes of Filling the Sink below or find out more here. 

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  • Tactical urbanism in action at the junction of Consell de Cent and Rocafort in Barcelona's Eixample district, March 3, 2021 (by Ivette Lehmann)

  • Tactical urbanism in action at the junction of Consell de Cent and Rocafort in Barcelona's Eixample district, March 3, 2021 (by Ivette Lehmann)

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