Pro eixample have been doing excellent work to improve accessability to eixample interiors. In a recent paper we submitted, we were suggesting further support should be given to open up these very important areas of the city.
Cerdas original plan was for only 2 sides of each eixample block to be built on, with a large garden inside, somewhat on the garden city lines current at the time. He was seen as being a radical urbanist of his time, a radical socialist, approaching design as a means to create a healthier city, his views were not shared by all. But the Eixample was built, but with later speculation, the codes were not adhered to and all 4 sides were filled in, followed by the inner green space been eaten up for parking or building extensions. All this contributes to the greyness of BCN, which in turn, creates a further heat island increase of @ 10 degrees for the city, which necessetates more air conditioning, thereby more energy consumption and CO2 emmisions.
“Let the Eixample mosaic of hidden green zones sparkle in the city”
Cerda’s original plan saw each illa’s courtyard as a beautiful publicly accessible garden. Unfortunately most were filled in. Support ProEixample’s work to transform them back to green zones and encourage more public access to these zones. Make more than one entrance to the blocks, to maximize people flow. Explore food production, composting and water collection in these zones.
Make urban wandering more joyful
There are a limited amount of small public parks throughout the city. Presently many parks remain closed until 9am, by which time many people are already at work. Best situation is where parks never close; when not possible insist parks open at 8am. Encourage more entry / exit points for parks, so they become flow through zones. Make parks landscapes of colours, sounds and smells. Create water capturing and storage systems between parks and neighbouring buildings. Allow for community gardens, composting points, outdoor education, Aula Ambiental’s… Make parks the focal point of new community clusters.