Has the hunger for freedom and democracy of the late seventies and eighties in Barcelona abdicated in favor of the omnipresent unquestionable western neoliberal city model? Or are the catalan urban planners still feisty? Rebels or private lobbyists?
What is the Barcelona Model? Was it over after the ’92 Olympics that “put the city on the map” or is it still operative today? Was it an instant-success short term formula or does it have more layering, deeper fingers on the the shaping of the city? For better or for worse?
Josep Maria Montaner (alert: in order to understand Spanish wikipedia articles you de need to understand the language at least a little bit) has some answers. Or at least, an opinion backed by his work, together with Zaida Muxí, on Architecture and Politics. Sounds familiar around here.
Montaner also holds several prizes and has published many books, along with his periodical critical articles in La Vanguardia and El País, for which he got the National Urbanism Prize for journalism in 2005.
For those interested and in the vicinity please do attend the lecture this afternoon (Friday 25th that is), at the TU Delft Architecture Faculty: The Barcelona Model: From the Beginning of Democracy to Now.