Dr. Saurí is a professor of geography at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
CHANGING CONCEPTIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY IN BARCELONA'S PUBLIC PARKS*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2009 American Geographical Society
Volume 99, Issue 1, pages 23–36, January 2009
How to Cite
SAURÍ, D., PARÉS, M. and DOMENE, E. (2009), CHANGING CONCEPTIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY IN BARCELONA'S PUBLIC PARKS. Geographical Review, 99: 23–36. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2009.tb00416.x
This article grew out of a paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. We thank Rob Krueger and Susan Buckingham for inviting us to submit a paper to their session on “‘Creative/Cultural Economy’: A Place for Sustainability?” and for organizing this special issue of the Geographical Review. We also appreciate the referees' and editors' comments and suggestions, which improved the paper substantially.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- public space;
- urban renewal
ABSTRACT. In this article we explore the relationships between public parks and a broad interpretation of sustainability, taking as a case study the city of Barcelona, Spain. Recent official discourses in Barcelona insist on sustainability as one of the fundamental assets of public parks. Yet whether these urban artifacts actually contribute to sustainability objectives in environmental and social terms remains to be examined. We compare two public parks in Barcelona-the Parc Joan Miró (1983), and the Parc de Diagonal Mar (2002)–and show how, in the former, the integration of the social, political, and environmental dimensions of sustainability was largely achieved, whereas in the latter, only the environmental dimension appears to have been considered.