From an isolated and suburban university campus to a metropolitan pole of knowledge: The case of the universitat autònoma de Barcelona

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Abstract

Universities are, among many other things, a territorial element: they can vary in form-ranging from the most compact to the most fragmented- and location-from the most central to the most suburban-. In the 1970s three campus universities were inaugurated in Spain-Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona-, which coincided with a deficient perception of the metropolitan areas where they were sited. They were isolated and became university enclaves that were disconnected from their immediate surroundings as a result of functionalist urban planning, a lack of infrastructures and pluri-municipal planning; and not forgetting a certain degree of vested political interest. The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona was located on the periphery of the Barcelona Metropolitan Region, but as time passed it became a metropolitan point of reference with leadership potential and a high degree of synergy with its surrounding areas. This is analysed from economic and territorial knowledge. These are territories with varying geographical features and changing limits within a metropolitan reality that has adopted urban models in the form of a network. © Scripta Nova, 2010.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScripta Nova
Volume14
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2010

Keywords

  • Infrastructure
  • Metropolitan areas
  • Mobility
  • Territorial knowledge
  • Universities

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