Project: Climate Refuges, Barcelona
Climate Refuges is a project funded by Barcelona City Council and implemented in the suburb of La Prosperidad between 2020-2021. The city describes them as "accessible indoor or outdoor spaces, which offer a “thermal relief” for city residents during heatwaves and other extreme climate events. They are small-scale, urban design interventions, which through green (vegetation), blue (water) and grey measures (improvements in built infrastructure), act as cool islands, helping citizens cope with climate change at the neighbourhood scale."
The aim is thus to create a connected network of spaces which help integrate care and climate emergency actions at the neighbourhood level. This is intended to provide particular benefit to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children and people experiencing homelessness.