Urban regeneration policies and mega-events: the impacts of 1992 Barcelona’s Olympics and 1992 Genoa’s Expo on urban planning and city management.

Urban regeneration policies and mega-events: the impacts of 1992 Barcelona’s Olympics and 1992 Genoa’s Expo on urban planning and city management.

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58

The proposal analyses and compares the urban policies behind the 1992 Barcelona’s Olympics and 1992 Genoa’s Expo and the impact of grand projects related to these events on urban planning and city management. This work focuses on the relationship between big events, urban policies, and the treatment of the industrial terrain vague in the late XX century urban entrepreneurship.
This work compares Barcelona’s and Genoa’s urban policies debates on the regeneration of their waterfronts starting from the 1960s up to the 1992 events. They represent the late 1980s and early 1990s most advanced Spanish and Italian experience of big events used as catalysts for large-scale transformation. Authors analyses the following aspects: the urban policies behind the urban regeneration processes occurred in Barcelona’s Poblenou neighbourhood and Genoa’s Old Port from the 1992 big events onwards; the role of architects and planners in grand projects and urban policies in these cities (in the case of Barcelona, urban planner Oriol Bohigas and his team and various architects involved in the 1992 event; in the case of Genoa, architect Renzo Piano); the contribution of PPP management at these big events; the maintenance, preservation, and the (re)interpretation of the industrial urban heritage by its rehabilitation or destruction-reconstruction; and the economic, social and environmental impacts of these grand projects.
To sum up, Authors pinpoint that both Barcelona’s and Genoa’s urban policies behind these 1992 events have been conceived as “good practices” of big events in the following three decades to regenerate the hosting cities’ old industrial sectors. City’s image improvements, hosting city insertion in international cultural circuits and tourism, better living conditions by the creation of new public spaces, and the materialisation of new profit-driven spaces were key factors of successful urban policies for Barcelona and Genoa 1992 events.

Corresponding Author

Federico Camerin

Universidad UVA de Valladolid - Departamento de Urbanismo y Representación de la Arquitectura, IUU Instituto Universitario de Urbanística (Spain)/ Bauhaus-Universität Weimar - Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (Germany)

Author #1:

Federico Camerin

Universidad UVA de Valladolid - Departamento de Urbanismo y Representación de la Arquitectura, IUU Instituto Universitario de Urbanística (Spain)/ Bauhaus-Universität Weimar - Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism (Germany)

Author #2:

Francesco Gastaldi

Università IUAV di Venezia - Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto

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Preferred Track

6. Urban policies

Second Preferred Track

1. Mega-events and mega-projects: trends and demands

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