9. The Barcelona blueprint

Posted: 29 June 2001

Once the industrial heart of the region of Catalonia in Spain, Barcelona could have become just another burnt-out, rust-belt European city that had failed to find a role in the modern, globalized world. But what set Barcelona apart from other European cities was a visionary local government which decided on radical redevelopment of the city in the run-up to the 1992 Olympics - a redevelopment that involved all the city's population.

The result today is that Barcelona is a model 21st century city, combining historic buildings with modern architecture in a fusion that has helped make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Filmed in Barcelona, the programme starts with a short tour of the city's seafront and docks with Barcelona's Chief Architect Josep Acebillo and UK architect and urban planner Richard Rogers, before moving on to a studio debate chaired by BBC journalist Steve Bradshaw.

Architect Acebillo is joined by Kalpana Sharma, Deputy Editor of The Hindu newspaper in India, Gary Lawrence, former urban planner of the city of Seattle, and Michael Parkes, Director of Habitat's Office in Europe who debate what the UN's review on human settlements will achieve.

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