The “superilles de colores” of Barcelona that the neighbors chortle at, Laus design award

Barcelona’s ‘tactical urbanism’ has been acknowledged on the 2023 ADG Laus Awards for graphic design and visible communication with the Grand Laus for graphic design for the City Council and Arauna Studio, creators of the design.

The affiliation of execs within the inventive discipline Foments de les Arts i el Disseny (ADG-FAD) has highlighted the difference of the ‘panot’ of Barcelona on this undertaking. These tiles, additionally known as ‘Flower of Barcelona’, designed by the modernist architect Puig i Cadafalch, characterize, within the metropolis, “a code that since 1906 identifies the areas supposed for strolling”, the jury assured.

Arauna Studio has adopted this emblem of the Catalan capital to create “a versatile system” that adapts to the completely different wants of the city area and “humanizes paved areas” by portray colourful motifs on areas the place automobiles used to flow into and now folks stroll. .

The ADG-FAD has awarded the prize in recognition of this city technique for its potential to “change the perform of the streets shortly and cheaply to realize pedestrian area”.

controversial design

The ‘superilles’ undertaking and the humanisation of Barcelona’s public areas has been one of many legacies of the Ada Colau authorities within the metropolis. This plan, which was launched in 2016, goals to supply alternate options to enhance the coexistence of pedestrians and motorized automobiles, giving precedence to pedestrians in some areas and increasing the pedestrian areas of the Catalan capital.

However, the undertaking has not been with out controversy lately, when some residents have thought of that the designs used appeared too vibrant, ‘infantile’ and that they didn’t match with the modernist aesthetics of Barcelona and the Pla Cerdà within the Eixample, on the identical time that its true usefulness or its potential to tackle the quantity of car visitors has been questioned.

It is that he imagines that the Barcelona pitjor are some coloured drawings on the bottom, and never that it’s 30 years outdated that it’s gentrifying and there’s a metropolis named for vacationers 🤡🤡🤡

— Èlia 🌸🦊 (@guineu_roja) August 27, 2021

Despite this, different main cities on this planet equivalent to Berlin, Vienna, Buenos Aires or Los Angeles have impressed related initiatives with their eyes set on Barcelona and copying using paint on the pavement as a mannequin to successfully develop pedestrian areas.

It was additionally acknowledged by the UN in a report from the 2021 Environment Program, which places the ‘superilles’ and the inexperienced axes of Barcelona for instance towards the warming of huge cities, providing a “greener, fairer and safer” public area “.