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Plaça de Lesseps, Barcelona, Spain, 2009[open in full screen]  

 
 

On our way back from the fabulous Gaudi's park Güell we were looking for the metro station. It turned out to be Lesseps station. We were not in this area before so we didn't know what to expect. One narrow street to another and we found ourselves in-front of little Plaçeta with old fashion water fountain and the dog fulfilling his thirst. Nice little sight [and photo], having in mind our love for dogs. Next look and we are facing one of the best "modernista" buildings in Barcelona "Cases Ramos", designed by architect Jaume Torres i Grau in 1906.OK, now lets look for the metro entrance. But what's that over there? Just steps away we were really surprised.

  Vast open public space at the first glance all devoted to pedestrians, few minor streets were visible from our standpoint. Slowly all the magnitude of the content, attention to details and recognition of social urban needs was revealed. It took me a second walk, few days latter, to completely comprehend the urban value of this renewal project. First initiatives for revitalization of this square dates back to 1995.

Following similar initiatives for urban renewal in Barcelona planning board was formed and design team with architect Albert Viaplana, as its leader, was selected.

  In 2002 the city council presented a closed rehabilitation plan to local residents. Their opposition to the project was immediate. After several protests, a dialogue was set up with the city council which, with the help of a group of experts, led to the creation of a whole new project.

Complete Psychogeographical Portrait of this neighbourhood is here with much more information about initiatives around revitalization of this area.

 
           
   
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