Report on Barcelona’s Nightscape

How do we plan for a 24-hour city?

Nighttime planning is of the utmost importance in urbanism. The night poses significant challenges in urban settings, from achieving energy savings and controlling light pollution to finding the balance between residents’ rest and a growing business activity, not to mention defining a shared identity distinct from that of the day-time city.

The project was designed to describe what the city is like at night and how it behaves in order to identify values and characteristics. We focused on the relationship between daytime and night-time visual structures, the link between light and urban activity and the construction of a shared identity.

Our diagnosis is based on the analysis of mobility, citizen activity and business typology data over the course of a year. Using clustering techniques, we defined several functional areas with similar behavior. We then crossed the resulting areas with visual structures, heritage, light pollution and current regulations to single out opportunities for projects and action.



Ajuntament de Barcelona


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