The team made up of Duatis Arquitectes and the institutions: Barcelona City Council, and Barcelona Regional,  designed the Special Urban Plan for the regulation of tourist accommodation establishments, youth hostels, tourist-use housing, shared homes, and temporary collective residences in the city of Barcelona (PEUAT).

The PEUAT has three marked objectives: alleviate tourist pressure in certain areas of the city; seek balance and urban diversity by guaranteeing a sustainable fit between tourism and other activities; and guarantee the quality of life of citizens by preserving the right to housing, rest, privacy, and the well-being of the neighborhood.

The renovation project is one of the 50 finalists of the XVI BEAU Awards (Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism).

The studio Duatis Arquitectes, Barcelona City Council, and Barcelona Regional, proposed to create a necessary regulation to establish mechanisms that prevent substitution of residential use and make it easier for residents to stay in their homes.

The PEUAT establishes specific conditions, delimiting zones and protecting the most saturated neighborhoods. It seeks to avoid negative externalities derived from tourism and allows an orderly implementation of accommodations in less congested neighborhoods.

A regulation is established in these specific areas based on aspects such as the existing supply of accommodation and the ratio between the number of places offered and the resident population, among others.


Special Urban Plan in the city of Barcelona by Barcelona City Council + Barcelona Regional + Duatis Arquitectes. Photograph by Ayuntamiento de Barcelona.


Diagram. Special Urban Plan in the city of Barcelona by Barcelona City Council + Barcelona Regional + Duatis Arquitectes. Photograph courtesy by Ayuntamiento de Barcelona.

Description of project by Barcelona City Council + Barcelona Regional + Duatis Arquitectes

The Special Urban Plan for the Regulation of Tourist Accommodation Establishments, Youth Hostels, Housing for tourist use, shared homes and collective residences for temporary accommodation in the city of Barcelona (PEUAT) aims to: 1) alleviate tourist pressure in certain areas of the city; 2) seek balance and urban diversity, guaranteeing a sustainable fit between tourism and other activities; and 3) guarantee the quality of life of citizens, preserving the right to housing, rest, privacy, and the well-being of the neighborhood.


Diagram. Special Urban Plan in the city of Barcelona by Barcelona City Council + Barcelona Regional + Duatis Arquitectes. Photograph courtesy by Ayuntamiento de Barcelona.

The PEUAT is an innovative instrument that has made Barcelona the first city to regulate these characteristics. The strong pressure to which the city is subject makes it necessary to establish mechanisms that prevent the substitution of residential use and make it easier for residents to stay in their homes. In addition to guaranteeing that tourist accommodation replaces the use of housing, the PEUAT establishes specific conditions by means of a delimitation by zones that protect the most saturated neighborhoods. Negative externalities derived from tourism are prevented from aggravating, and it allows for an orderly implementation of accommodation in the most decongested neighborhoods.

The regulation in these specific areas is established based on the existing offer of accommodation, the proportion between the number of places they offer and the resident population, the conditions in which certain uses occur, the incidence of activities in public space, the presence of tourist attractions, as well as the morphological characteristics of its fabrics.

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Coordination.- Laia Grau Balagueró, urban planning manager.

Technical direction.- Anton Carpio Rovira, director of planning services.

Legal department.- Sonia Cobos, director of urban development.

Licensing Directorate.

Directorate of Inspection Services.

Direction of Participation and Communication.

Urban ecology.

Housing Management.

Tourism Directorate.

Barcelona City Council.- Albert Arias Sans.
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Urbanism Management. Barcelona's town hall.
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Barcelona, Spain.
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Barcelona's town hall.
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Duatis Arquitectes is an architecture office based in Girona and founded by Jordi Duatis. Currently, the practice is led by Mar Cabarrocas, Elisabet Prat, Laura Farran, and Jordi Duatis. They specialize in urban planning, economic feasibility studies for planning, urban management, legal expert reports, urban and real estate valuations, as well as real estate studies.
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