• PROHABIT – Multidisciplinary analysis of the lived environment to promote the implementation of the right to the city.

    PROHABIT is a participatory and a multidisciplinary research project dedicated to analyse the impact that urban transformations have had on the dwellers of three neighbourhoods in Barcelona: Plus Ultra , Vallcarca, y Trinitat Nova.

    The objective of this project is to analyse the impact that urban transformations have had on the inhabitants of three areas of the city of Barcelona: Plus Ultra, Vallcarca and Trinitat Nova. This analysis is done through a methodology that covers the fields of environmental psychology as well as of urbanism and architecture. The study entails the different dimensions (physical and social) and scales (domestic space, public space and interspaces) in each neighbourhood.

    The comparative analysis of the case studies enable to make recommendations for the administration and private entities, organizations (neighbourhood associations, professional associations), professionals (architects, planners, psychologists) and to citizens to be able to participate in a more effective manner in decision-making processes that affect the transformation of the inhabited space.

  • The relationship between the transformation of the built environment and the adaptation and appropriation of the spaces by their inhabitants, is not much studied. Urban transformations are carried out without anticipating the collective and individual impact.

  • The aim of the research is to analyse and understand the processes of symbolization of the spaces that are built by citizens.

  • To study the lived environment means to analyse and represent the interactions between people and the spaces they inhabit. This study includes a multidimensional analysis of the physical structures (spaces, buildings) and of the individual and social behaviours (memory, identity, sense of place) are dovetailed with them.

  • The knowledge derived from the experience that citizens have about the environment they inhabit -after being systematized, represented and analysed- can be useful for defining future public policies.

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PROHABIT MAPPER is an information system that facilitates the general public (citizens, professionals, researchers) access to the results of the research in the neighbourhoods studied and enables them to participate with their contributions.

The themes investigated have been classified into three groups: “Uses of space”, “Processes of symbolization”, and “Collective identity”. For each topic, “Relevant facts” have been identified based on the study of four sources of information: “Interviews”, “Observations”, “Participation”, and “Documentation”. For each identified fact, a series of related research “Questions” are proposed. Likewise, each “Relevant fact” is associated with “Places” and “Concepts”. The set of information shown may be restricted to one or more of the neighbourhoods analysed. Users can contribute with their inputs to the identified facts. Navigating on the MAPPER information system can be done in two visualization modes: list and map.




Arquitectos del Colectivo Volta, muy activos en procesos de participación con los vecinos, nos dan su opinión sobre el PGM y sus implicaciones sociales.



Entrevista a informantes clave en el Departament d'Urbanisme

Reunión con el director de planeamiento sobre la modificación del plan urbanístico que afecta a Plus Ultra.



Inicio de las observaciones

Grupos mixtos de estudiantes de Arquitectura y Psicología Ambiental comienzan a realizar 'Observaciones no Participantes', inicio del trabajo de campo en los tres barrios analizados.



Entrevista a miembro de Centro de Estudios de Montjüic del Centro

Recorrido por el barrio Plus Ultra junto con un historiador y filósofo, miembro del Centro de Estudios de Montjuïc, experto en la historia reciente de la Zona Franca.



Entrevista a informantes clave

Entrevista a un antiguo residente para conocer su opinión sobre las transformaciones del barrio y sobre como éstas han afectado su forma de vida.