Join Waka Kotahi and Urbanhub Aotearoa
at Isthmus for an Innovating Streets social mixer
and webinar with Xavier Matilla from Barcelona
Hosted by the Wellington Chapter of SEGD and Isthmus Group
Wednesday 2 December
Social mixer 6pm Talk 7pm
Xavier is the current Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council (Ajuntament de Barcelona). He is in charge of the Urban Ecology Authority (Model Urbà Ecologia Urbana) tactical urbanism interventions and he is also a lecturer at the Architecture School of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ETSAV-UPC).Public space is our cities most valuable asset.
Returning public space to people is the foundation of a sustainable city model. Currently, private motorists occupy most of our public space relegating pedestrians to sidewalks which creates considerable dysfunctionalities. As a response, Barcelona City Council has recently released funds (44 million euros) to implement in the next 10 years, a variation of Salvador Rueda’s ‘superblock’ concept. One in three streets in Barcelona’s ‘eixample’, will soon become ‘green axes’ that prioritise pedestrians and cyclists.
This webinar from Waka Kotahi and Urbanhub Aotearoa brings together nationally and internationally renowned experts in urbanism. This is an opportunity for the ‘innovating streets for people’ teams, academia, forums and members of professional associations to engage with the Barcelona City Council and learn about the role of tactical urbanism and co-design in the implementation of the ‘superblock’. This will be the first in a series of webinars sharing global responses to city transformational processes that contribute to city-making paradigm shifts.