PictureParc del Joan Miro | Once a slaughter house
I have been visiting my two first sites on my run every morning. They are both located conveniently along the Parallel, one of the busier streets in Barcelona. Each site has impressed me each day with new faces & new activities taking place there.

Joan Miro Parc, previously a slaughter house had been integrated into the city as a public park by Ildefons Cerda. The location & scale of the park allow for a series of rooms for different use. There are a wide range of possibilities in the park due to its design and complexity. Gardens, a square, playgrounds, a library surrounded by water, a forest of palm trees & pines, art, and architecture are some of the features within the site. The picture above is of a small girl climbing on a large red rope structure, within one of the six play areas situated in the park.

PictureArea Per De Gossos | A specific area for dogs
A variety of activities take place in each of the rooms or sections within the park. Early Thursday morning I ran into these two furry dogs. Their owner was nice enough to let me take their picture. A group of dog-owners assembles every Thursday to have their dogs trained in a particular fenced off space called Area Per De Gossos.  Joan Miro Parc is a place where visitors can choose which area they prefer, and the park offers a wide range of possibilities.

Cerda's design was part of a restoration project that targeted the city square & the area around it. The park represents a new approach to city development and encourages the emergence of large quality public spaces throughout the city. 

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    Olivia     Bennett

    Hi! I'm studying the reclamation of Barcelona's derelict industrial sites as public open spaces. 

    Study    question

    Barcelona addresses post-industrial sites within its urban landscapes. How have they transformed or redefined these sites as new spaces & to what effect ?


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