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Built-Out Barcelona Makes Space for an Urban Forest

The city is planning a major green makeover to combat the heat island and create a more welcoming place for humans and animals alike.
A rendering of Barcelona's planner green corridor network, showing the enlarged park at Plaça de les Glories Catalans at its heart.
A rendering of Barcelona's planner green corridor network, showing the enlarged park at Plaça de les Glories Catalans at its heart.Ajuntament de Barcelona

When a city needs green space, but it’s all out of room, what can it do?

It’s an issue that many older, denser cities are facing as they try to make themselves more amenable to their citizens and the environment. For Barcelona, this challenge requires especial ingenuity. Take a walk around what is one of Europe’s most densely populated city cores and you’d be forgiven for pronouncing the place full.