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Josep Bohigas holds a degree in Architecture from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB). He received the AAD Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (AAD) from Columbia and a Master’s degree in Communication and Design from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Currently an associate professor at the ETSAB, he is also co-director of the Master’s program in Lighting Design at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) Foundation, and a guest lecturer at universities around the world. He was co-director of the BOPBAA Architecture studio from 1991 to 2015, winning various architectural competitions and building several projects including museums, housing, and theaters. He has received several awards for professional recognition in architecture and design, including three from Foment de les Arts i del Disseny (FAD) and three from the City of Barcelona. While teaching and working professionally, he has also directed and curated many programs of cultural activism.
At Barcelona Regional, the agency and think tank for urban development, we are often asked what the city of the future will look like. I always answer the same thing: stick your head out the window, and the city of the future will be basically the same as that you are seeing. It will have to be reprogrammed, recycled, and rehabilitated. But it will not be an idealized city designed from scratch. The city that we are thinking about and executing in Barcelona emerges from the optimistic possibilities of what exists. In the CSU talk, I hope to explain some of the radical strategies that we are trying to implement. These include the Superblocks Plan, which addresses the recycling of the 19th century Cerdà extension of Barcelona called the Eixample, and a new pact with Barcelona’s adjacent territories, involving the sea, the mountains, and the rivers that surround the city.
1. Describe the objectives, achievements, and empowerment of Barcelona Regional as a public agency and think tank for urban development in Catalunya.
2. Discuss the parameters of how the city of the future relates to the reprogramming, recycling and rehabilitation of the existing buildings and infrastructure of Barcelona.
3. Illustrate how the Superblocks Plan will address the recycling of the 19thcentury Cerdà extension of Barcelona called the Eixample.
4. Identify how a new pact with Barcelona’s adjacent territories will address the environmental benefits of a new engagement with the surrounding mountains, rivers, and sea.