Antoni Remesar. CR POLIS, Research Group Art, City, Society. Universitat de Barcelona.
Xavier Salas. CR POLIS, Research Group Art, City, Society. Universitat de Barcelona.
Tomeu Vidal. CR POLIS, Research Group Art, City, Society. Universitat de Barcelona.
This paper considers the
possibilities for public art and urban design to implement civic participatory
strategies. It starts with a short analysis of the implementation of the
Francoist Ley de Asociaciones and its impact on the Urban Social Movements of
the Spanish Transition till the present day. In the framework of the
relationship between the concept of civic participation and that of urban
governance, it analyses the experience of citizen participation in the
Barcelona neighbourhood of Baró de Viver. Two of the results of the process,
the Monument to the Casas Baratas (Affordable Houses) and the Wall of
Remembrance, enable us to discuss the role of the relationship among technicians,
politicians and neighbours in the context of specific project decision making.
Moreover, the paper analyses the role of facilitator that our team defends as
a working attitude in the processes of citizen participation.