We, at EIG, recently proposed some BOLD ideas for how BCN might grow. We think these ideas are feasible and that many of them could be implemented immediately and cheaply. Apart from radically changing the eco performance of the city, we believe that they would hugely affect the livability of the city, and indeed enliven the very soul of this strange city.
We would like if you viewed the short PDF document, Towards a healthier, happier, eco-effective Barcelona of only 9 pages with many images and with that, should you agree with all or some of the proposals, give us suggestions as to how best we can realise these dreams.
Here are just 2 of the ideas proposed:
Vias Verdes BCN + Green Roof BCN
Vias Verdes BCN: greenway network for city of BCN
Ciutadella and her green routes: A series of organic root like threads come from BCN´s park, her green heart, and weave to and through the rest of the greenway network.
Parc de la Ciutadella is not only the cities strategically placed central green lung; it happens to make up one of the most deeply loaded parts of Barcelona’s, and indeed Catalunya’s, urban and social history. In short; it matters. From this much loved city space, and always connecting back to and through it, are the 3 ripples; a series of radiating greenways that form a simple orbital matrix, the spine of the network. This structure forms the organising system through which all future greenways routes (roots) weave, from within the city out to her sea, rivers and surrounding hills. And from there to the wider Euro and Global network…
Picking a juicy orange from a nearby tree and eating it, relaxing and talking with friends on a bench, working in a community garden to cultivate food, smelling the colourful flowers. All this in a place that’s always been there, but never been there.
A vast zone of food production, solar energy harvest, water collection, a series of public parks of varying scales; this is what the roofscape of Barcelona’s old city could easily be like. A many hectored, multi islanded, connected green space, linked by a network of bridges. A very exciting new urban terrain which would help reduce the cities carbon emissions by sequestering carbon while creating clean, cool and fresh air for the city. Presently, about 80-90 % of this area is unused and inaccessible to the inhabitants below. It now acts as a huge heat island, raising the cities temperature and worsening smog levels. Green roofs act as natural rain water drainage systems and also insulate the apartments below, further alleviating need for air conditioning.
Soon Barcelona’s Ajuntament might have to pay a carbon tax; this money could be used now to offer incentives to landlords to immediately cover their terraces with planted green roofs. From there public-ising of roofspaces might begin. Take this bold urban step and make Barcelona a model urban city once again.
9 simple, immediate, intelligent steps for a healthier, happier, eco-effective Barcelona.
1 – Healthy cities address their rivers lovingly.
2 – Make a mesh of connected greenways in the city.
3 – Turn greenways into CPUL threads.
4 – Edible Barcelona
5 – Use the city to cleanly power its transport
6 – Barcelona has a water crisis. Time to start using water smartly.
7 – Make urban wandering ring more joyful
8 – “Let the Eixample mosaic of hidden green zones sparkle in the city”
9 – Passeig de Sant Joan Park
Spanish Greenway network:
Euro Greenway network:
Vias Verdes en España
William McDonough on Ecocities in China
The Paper was an appendix to a White Paper delivered by EIG, July 2008.
Themes of Paper:
- Urban Greening systems : page 2
“Buildings as Trees, Cities as Forests”: 2 slides
- Urban Greening systems: page 3
Infrastructure and Participation + Botanic Spine
- What are greenways? page 4
- CPULs – Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes page 5
- Edible cities, Middlesborough, UK page 6
- 9 simple, immediate, intelligent steps for a page 7
healthier, happier, eco-effective Barcelona.
- Reworking the Building and the Block page 8
to make Barcelona a model urban city once again.
- Via Verde BCN: A series of greenway ripples, page 9
radiating out from the green heart of the city.