Cardener River Corridor, Catalunya Spain

This Planning Study is built upon the existing regional and municipal plans that set forth common goals for the Cardener River corridor. The Planning Study is an exploration of possible implementations that follow from existing plans and from the current circumstances of the four municipalities: Manresa, Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Callús and Súria.

The approachemploys the focus of regional planning to encourage the sharing of the common resources and initiatives in order to strengthen each town’s uniqueness while simultaneously reinforcing the region’s assets. Each suggested intervention addresses the ability of particular sites to attract particular uses while adding to the wellbeing of the corridor as a whole. Thus, residents from the entire region can take advantage of Manressa’s recreational zone, the Rambla at Callus, or the ecological center and forest reserve at Antius and Suria. The goal of each suggested intervention is to create new uses that acknowledge the character of the corridor, rather than turning its back upon the past. All are put forth with strong sensitivity to environmental condition. The proposals seek to help the Cardener watershed and its natural systems to return to a healthy state rather than furthering the damaging effects that development often causes to the landscape.

Planning Study for the Cardener River Corridor

In 2001 a special workshop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning examined the future of the Cardener River corridor in Central Catalunya, Spain. This workshop, sponsored by the Diputació de Barcelona Oficina Tècnica de Cooperació (the Provincial Council of Barcelona Office of Technical Cooperation) and the Willard Prince Memorial Fund, is one of a series of domestic and international workshops carried out by MIT’s City Design and Development group. These workshops investigate current urban planning and city design issues in a dynamic setting. In recent years, these workshops have put forward ideas for areas and sites in Boston, New Jersey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. The objectives of these workshops is not only to introduce students to the bodies of knowledge, techniques and values that must be engaged in that task of planning and design, but also to have a wider public objective. Thanks to the positive responses of the sponsors of these workshops, the reports of these workshops have stimulated public understanding and debate about pertinent local issues. The final work of these workshops has often been published in public brochures and, in many cases, has been the subject of exhibitions.