The United Nations has designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day. The aim is to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. Read more


UN-Habitat is proposing a full week schedule to celebrate World Cities Day addressing activities to all audiences.

Understanding that the public space is a vital ingredient of successful open cities, and it helps build a sense of community, civic identity and culture, UN-Habitat is promoting to open the Sant Pau site to children and families to become a one-week vibrant space in the city of Barcelona. Read more


Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
08025 Barcelona

Metro (L5): Sant Pau – Dos de Maig
Bus: H8, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, 117, 192


TUESDAY, 31 October 2017 (World Cities Day)

From 9h to 12h. Outdoors (For schools).

It is known that a well-designed city is one that has been designed for children. In cities that have made children a priority, the result is not just more social, cheerful, healthy children - but more social, cheerful, healthy adults.

My Dream City activity will provide a platform for children to reflect on their experiences living in a city and discuss the city they need. It aims to change the perception of the role of children in shaping cities, a role that has traditionally been non-existent, while creating awareness of the importance of their inclusion and contributing to inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.

Recycled blocks will be used to build a child friendly space, followed by a debate that will encourage children to share their ideas and concerns.


TUESDAY, 31 October 2017 (World Cities Day)

All day.

Visit timetable

Visitors to the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site will have the opportunity to interact with World Cities Day.

UN-Habitat videos on the challenges and opportunities of cities in 21st Century will be running continuously during visiting hours at strategic points of the cultural tour. Additionally, UN-Habitat will be hosting an open house at their office in the Sant Leopold pavilion, allowing visitors access to a heritage building that has been transformed into a modern working space and the chance to learn more about the work of this United Nations programme.

URBAN TALK: Innovative Governance, Open Cities

Thursday, 2 November 2017

18:30h. Auditorium.

Representatives of public administrations will present cutting-edge initiatives from a wide array of perspectives towards Innovative Governance. A dynamic discussion will allow participants to interact with panelists.

- Smart Region project, by Gregori Mora, Barcelona Provincial Council
- Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Catalonia, by Marc Darder, Generalitat de Catalunya
- Barcelona City Council
- Master Plan of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, by Xavier Mariño, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Please register here


FRIDAY, 3 November 2017

From 9h to 11h (Catalan) - Open registration here.

From 12h to 14h (English) - For Universities.

The restoration of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is an exemplary process in terms of quality, sustainability and energy efficiency. The enhancement of the heritage, the application of new technologies and the latest advances in energy saving are the main distinguishing features.
A good example of this commitment to sustainability is the geothermal system designed for the air conditioning of all of the buildings in the complex. The geothermal facility at Sant Pau, one of the most important in Europe, makes use of the constant temperatures of the lower layers of the subsoil to heat or cool a closed water circuit, resulting in savings of up to 40% on the usual consumption of a conventional gas installation. In addition, the buildings are equipped with systems to regulate consumption on the basis of user demand, such as sensors and centralised management and control systems.
Sant Pau Foundation is hosting an informative session and visit to geothermal system facilities for university students.


FRIDAY, 3 November 2017
Barcelona City Hall and UCLG are hosting a high-level dialogue on housing policy, coinciding with celebrations of World Cities Day. At the event, the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, UCLG President, Parks Tau, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, and invited experts will discuss global trends in housing and policy responses to guarantee the right to housing. The meeting will also see local and regional leaders reaffirm their support for the Make the Shift campaign, which calls for housing to be understood as a human right, rather than as a commodity. More info here


SUNDAY, 5 November 2017

From 10h to 14h. Outdoors. Free Entrance.

Download the programe

Come to Sant Pau to play & build your city! All first Sundays of the month are Free Entrance Days at Sant Pau. To conclude the week-long programme, Sunday, November 5th (the first Sunday of the month) will be dedicated to World Cities Day.

Creating a livable city is not only about dreaming, it is also about taking responsibilities from all sides. Citizens have an important role to play. The World Cities Day Party will invite all site visitors, particularly families, to celebrate the international day by playing and participating in workshops with reused everyday elements and experimental materials. The purpose is to raise awareness on how children and adults can improve life in cities with small but important actions.

Activities of the World Cities Day Party:

The living city

Create the city you want to live in on a giant map.

Organized by Lavola.
Changing Barcelona

Make a giant puzzle to discover the evolution of Barcelona.

Organized by Castell de Torre Baró. Nou Barris District - Barcelona City Council.
Resources or waste?

Learn about waste generation in cities by playing.

Organized by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
Working for a sustainable energy

Visit the exhibition on adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

Organized by the Barcelona Provincial Council.
Let’s pedal to make popcorn

Generate electricity with your legs to make the corn pop.

Organized by the Barcelona Provincial Council.
For a + Sustainable Barcelona

Take part of the educational activities towards a responsible consumption in the city.

Organized by the Barcelona City Council.
Waste-free refrigerator

Enjoy this magic show for all ages to raise awareness about food waste.

Organized by the Waste Agency of Catalonia, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, Barcelona City Council.
Let’s make Art Nouveau magnets

Paint your own Art Nouveau magnets and take them home.

Organized by the Gas Museum of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation.
The energies of the future

Experiment with the different energies of the city.

Organized by the Gas Museum of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation.
Mimi and the blue giraffe (10.30am and 11.30am)

Enjoy this puppet theatre on the values of difference and equality.

Organized by Nexe Fundació.
Sensory and psychomotor path

Stimulation of the senses through different textures.

Organized by Nexe Fundació.
The invisible thread

Play by weaving the relationships between individuals in a city.

Organized by Limón y Menta.
Intergenerational Dialogues (11:00am / 01:00pm)

Discuss the challenge of climate change with very young activists.

Organized by Plant-for-the-Planet

And Music & City songs!
Listen to the World Cities Day
playlist and add your song!
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