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CERDÀ POSTMETROPOLIS International Congress Government of Metropolitan Regions in the 21st Century


The Recovery of the City



Regenerations is the first of four seminars leading up to the Cerdà Postmetropolis International Congress on Government of Metropolitan Regions in the 21st Century.


These introductory seminars will furnish content for some of the themes of debate at the final Congress. This “Congress in Progress” will make it possible to situate the debate on territorial dynamics and urban policy in different metropolitan municipalities about which a number of case studies will be presented in order to show the transformation of the city in some of its more recent manifestations:

Regeneration of the existing city.

Integration of urban surroundings.

Areas of new growth.

Recycling industrial landscapes.

The seminar Regenerations aims to offer an overview of present-day urban regeneration projects by discussing a series of cases that have points in common with regard to physical configuration and diagnosis of the problem areas of the site. At the same time, however, these are urban situations that highlight the diversity of settings that currently coexist in the historic city. This duality of the constructed city brings out the potential of the old city in presenting new challenges to urban policy in a metropolitan future.

Friday, 26 February

9.30 a.m.

Presentation: Urban Regeneration in Perspective

Francesc Muñoz
, director of the Cerdà Postmetropolis International Congress.


10 - 10.30 a.m.

Sustainable Peripheries and Residential Strategies (Barcelona: Vallbona neighbourhood)

Juan Carlos Montiel, architect, managing director of Barcelona Regional and Enric Escribà, architect.

10.30 - 11 a.m. Coffee break

11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Management of Urban Planning Deficits and Sociodemographic Structure (L’Hospitalet: neighbourhoods of Collblanc-la Torrassa and Florida-Pubilla Cases).

Manel Pérez, Services director of the Technical Office of Territorial Action of the Hospitalet Council.

Urban Enhancement in Contexts of Industrial Use (Ripollet: Can Mas neighbourhood).

Albert Obrero and Jordi Fortuny, coordinators of the draft law on the Can Mas neighbourhood, Ripollet Council

Presented and moderated by Rosario Fontova, free-lance journalist specialising in art, architecture and heritage.1

12.30 - 2 p.m.

Remaking Centrality: Public Space as an Answer
(Terrassa: La Maurina neighbourhood).

Pere Montaña, coordinator of the Territorial Planning Department and head of Urban Planning in the Terrassa Council.

Structuring Constructed Urban Fabrics, Bringing Cohesion to Social Fabrics

Pere Serra, architect, councillor-delegate for REURSA.

Presented and moderated by Ramon Suñé, journalist, economist and head of the Vivir section of the daily La Vanguardia.

4 - 6.30 p.m.

Panel discussion.
Regeneration of Historic Centres in a Metropolitan-Regional Context

- The old neighbourhoods of Tortosa and Mora d’Ebre.

Sebastià Jornet, architect, lecturer in Urban Planning in the School of Architecture of Barcelona.

- The old centre of Balaguer.

Montserrat Giné, architect, specialist in urban planning.

- The historic centre of Olot.

Joan Albesa, architect, Deputy Mayor of Olot.

Presented and moderated by Catalina Serra, journalist, head of the Culture section of El País Catalunya.

7 p.m.

Screening of the film Petit indi (Little Indian), presented by Jordi Balló, head of exhibitions at the CCCB. The director Marc Recha will attend the session.



Introductory seminars


Integration of urban surroundings

30 March 2010, Sabadell


The construction of the new city

30 April 2010, El Prat de Llobregat


The sustainability of industrial urban landscapes

28 May 2010, Sant Adrià de Besós


International Congress

Cerdà Postmetropolis. Government of Metropolitan Regions in the 21st Century

From 8 – 11 June 2010 Barcelona, CCCB

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