fig 0.0. Barcelona arial view (source:

1. Abstract

2. Hypothesis

Can we quantifying spatial experience in districts of Barcelona with Livability?

3. Objective

4. Scope

The scope of this project is to find credible parameters measuring livability of spaces which can indirectly help in quantifying intangible measure like the spatial experience of these spaces. The parameters chose to carry out the project may or may not be the most credible way of quantifying livability, which could give the project a better perspective into looking for the correct parameters of quantifying spatial experience.

5. Methodology

To carry out this project various data sets have been used to find credible correlations between several parameters and livability of space. The methodology followed will be identifying some social, economic and environmental parameters and overlapping it with a detailed livability data to find direct or indirect correlations or no correlation at all.

6. Livability: Quantifying the lived experience

7. Parameters

  1. Public Activity: At the heart of every vibrant district lies a bustling hub of public activity. From parks and recreational spaces to bustling streets lined with shops and cafes, these spaces serve as the lifeblood of community interaction. The presence of vibrant public activity not only fosters a sense of community but also contributes to the overall liveliness and vibrancy of a district.
  2. Social Cohesion: A sense of belonging and connection is essential for the well-being of any community. Social cohesion, characterized by strong social networks and mutual trust among residents, plays a pivotal role in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment. Districts with high levels of social cohesion often exhibit lower crime rates, greater resilience in times of crisis, and a higher overall quality of life.
  3. Vulnerability: Understanding and addressing the vulnerabilities within a districts is crucial for ensuring the well-being of its residents. Factors such as access to essential services, exposure to environmental hazards, and socio-economic disparities can significantly impact the vulnerability of a community. By identifying and mitigating these vulnerabilities, we can create more resilient and sustainable districts that prioritize the safety and security of all residents.
  4. Thermal Comfort: The built environment plays a significant role in shaping our comfort and well-being, particularly in urban areas. Factors such as building design, green spaces, and access to shade can influence thermal comfort levels within a districts. By prioritizing strategies that promote thermal comfort, such as green infrastructure and sustainable building practices, we can create healthier and more livable communities for all.
  5. NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index): The presence of green spaces and vegetation within a districts not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also has a profound impact on overall livability. The NDVI, which measures the density and health of vegetation in an area, provides valuable insights into the environmental quality and ecological sustainability of a districts. By promoting the integration of green spaces into urban planning and design, we can improve air quality, mitigate the urban heat island effect, and enhance the overall livability of our communities.

8. Correlations

fig 9.1. No correlation has been found on the overlap of hexagons of livability and the circles of public activity

9. Conclusion

In conclusion, social parameters like social cohesion and public activities have been proven to be affected affect the livability index of the hexagons with the districts. However, environmental and economic parameters like vulnerability thermal comfort, NDVI and vulnerability index together have been showing direct correlations with the livability index within the hexagons of the districts of Barcelona. Subsequently this indicates that spaces with high NDVI, high thermal comfort and lower vulnerability index are the places with high livability and these are the spaces where the experience of the the districts gets enhanced.

This however highlights that the parameters for the social aspect, which affects the mental well being of the citizens of the city, need to be changed and look deeper into the lives of the poeple of Barcelona. The social parameters is something that will change from city to city and as a matter of fact district to district.