—By collapse of dictatorship of Franco, Spain and as an autonomous community, Catalonia has started a process of reestablishment in politics, economy and culture which also reflected in urban development of Barcelona. As from 1980s, the city was regenerated around a series of projects, eventually becoming one of the most outstanding, cosmopolitan places worldwide. Public space was one of the fundamentals of the new urban design approach and important events as 1992 Olympic Games and 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures were instrumental in the creation of more spaces in order to make a contribution to collective life in Barcelona. Thus, this paper aims to define the notion of public space in the image of the city, and afterwards, to explain the urban transformation of Barcelona in post-dictatorship period, briefly mentioning some projects and urban actors, as architect-urbanist Oriol Bohigas who had a significant role in urban regeneration of the city.
—Barcelona, contemporary history, public space, urbanism, urban history.
İdil Ayral Sürer is with the Institute of History Jaume Vicens i Vives (Institut Universitari d'Història Jaume Vicens i Vives) of Pompeu Fabra University (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Barcelona, Spain (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: İdil Ayral Sürer, " Public Space in the Image of Barcelona in Post-Dictatorship Period," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 446-450, 2016.