Working with landscape architects, charities and the public, this study is restoring an old spring and its surrounding area in Catalonia, Spain.

The Can Moritz modernist spring is located in the neighbourhood of Castellnou, in Rubí, Spain and had lain abandoned for many years. In 2015, a non-governmental organisation, Rubí d’Arrel, partially cleaned and restored this historical spring. These kinds of blue spaces are commonly used for picnics and are a popular destination for walkers and local people alike.

Before it can be opened to the public further renovation must take place. This study will help to design and assess the final stages of the restoration. The BlueHealth team will be working alongside landscape architecture students from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, local residents, Rubí d’Arrel, and the local council. Each of these stakeholders will feed into the design of the final intervention, with meetings taking place throughout 2017.

Between January 2018 and April 2018 (before and after the construction work) we will conduct a series of qualitative interviews to shed further light on how people engage with the new blue space.

This project is being led by ISGlobal in collaboration with Landscape Architecture Masters students from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

It has recently received some media coverage which you can view here (in Catalan).