BARCELONA DEDICATES A SPACE IN THE CITY TO THE ARCHITECT ROSA BARBA
The city of Barcelona has decided to dedicate a corner of Collserola Park to the memory of the architect
The chosen corner is the
The event to institutionalise the name will be held on Sunday,
She studied Architecture at the ETSAB, graduating in 1971 and obtaining her PhD in 1987. In 1971, together with the architect Ricard Pié, she founded Rosa Barba & Ricard Pié, Arquitectes, which later became Equip BCpN with the incorporation of Josep Maria Vilanova. Barba combined her professional activity with teaching at the ETSAB, where she directed the master’s degree programme in Landscape Architecture and promoted the creation of the bachelor’s degree in the same field. She was the driving force behind the Barcelona International Biennial of Landscape Architecture which, since the architect’s death, has awarded the Rosa Barba Award in her honour.
The City Council has proposed adding as many women’s names as possible to new spaces in the city, to compensate for the historical omission of women from the city map. Only 8.3% of the streets are named after women, while 35% are named after men. Thus, coinciding with International Women’s Day, this March the different districts will hold events to unveil the new names of streets, gardens, squares and block interiors. (Barcelona, 1948–2000). This change was led by the Architects’ Association of Catalonia, at the request of the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture, of which Barba was promoter and which grants, in her honour, the Rosa Barba International Landscape Award.