Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial

The square is an urban space that represents the public at its most ceremonial and ritualistic. As a space for meetings, speeches, exchanges and discussions, the square – royal or citizen – is defined by a concentrated and yet vague, intentional and voyeuristic flow. Plaça Reial de Barcelona has been the centre of important social conflicts between tourists and local residents, between a space for leisure and escapism, and a space for community life and debate in the city.

As a result of this wealthy multiplicity of conflicts and energies, Plaça Reial plays host to people of every age, origin and class in its arcades and bar terraces and around its street lamps, constituting one of the most compact and diverse forums in the city.

Work on this space from throughout the festival period is aimed at inviting reflection and questions on how we can produce more knowledge-transfer spaces, with new formats and urban types that promote connections between people unknown to one another, inter-generational discussions and inter-cultural exchanges.

The facility that people will be able to meet up in during the festival’s days will be playing host to several events linked to the Model Debates. It will be developed in an experimental device in the form of a table where numerous conversations will be held at the same time. We will use this device to explore the square’s capacity as a space for producing connections between people who are unknown to one another, shared times of reflection and contexts for unexpected inspiration.

Completed activities

Occupying the centre with words

On Plaça Reial

Installations Plaça Reial is the centre of Model debates. Barcelona Architectures Festival around architecture, the city, design and society. A space for meetings and disagreements, consensus and polemics, always through words. We champion public space as a living space, which is why ELISAVA has covered up the Tres Gràcies fountain and temporarily occupied the centre of the square with a structure encouraging anyone keen to have their say to make use of it. A manifesto for an open city and an agonistic public space. Més informació

Model Books

On Plaça Reial

Model Books Model Books presents a selection of international books about architecture, philosophy and critical thinking that encourages readers to reflect on the main theme of this first edition of Model. Barcelona Architectures Festival: growing back. Model Books, curated by dpr-barcelona, is presented in Plaça Reial as a selection of books from various international publishers which promote and disseminate works and ideas in the field of architecture. These books can be found in the Plaça Reial installation throughout the festival, so that everyone who passes through the space may consult and reflect on what the books propose and call into question. Més informació