UBC Graduate Research

Inclusive sustainability for El Raval, Barcelona Ahearn, Megan Elizabeth


In the autumn of 2013, I undertook fieldwork for this project in El Raval, Barcelona, involving interviews with first-generation immigrant residents and professionals in the fields of planning and architecture. El Raval is Barcelona’s most dense neighborhood, with the highest concentration of non-EU citizen residents in the city. The neighborhood has a long history of diversity as well as marginalization. This work seeks to explore El Raval’s ongoing struggles and existing strengths, to envisage contextualized, culturally inclusive planning for sustainability. The project is meant to inform the planning practice of BCNEcología, Barcelona’s urban ecology agency.

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