Barcelona’s City Protocol aims to design the future of the Catalan capital, offering a sustainable and replicable road to solve the crisis affecting western countries.
Antoni Vives, Barcelona’s Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat, and Vicente Guallart, Barcelona’s Chief Architect, spoke at LSE about their vision for the future and the practical impacts the projects are having on the residents of Barcelona.
Top thoughts from the talk:
- When one is faced with new problems, one must be capable of approaching them in a different way. Barcelona’s tradition is innovation.
- The internet has changed our lives and the economy, but has not yet changed the city. But when industry comes back to the city, it will be with computers, not chimneys.
- The city model must go from product in, trash out to data in, data out.
- The future is in the optimisation of networks, the value of knowledge and the production and sharing of energy.
- A city is not only the urbanisation of the economy but the real urban habitat where people grow as human beings.
- We want productive districts at human speed inside a hyperconnected and zero emissions city.
- The City Protocol is a collective and demographic global project aimed at producing self sufficient, networked cities. What we are proposing will have a direct impact on daily life.
This event was hosted by the Catalan Observatory and LSE Enterprise.