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Diagonal Mar and Forum

Towards the end of the 20th century, Barcelona was concentrating its efforts on the redevelopment of the Poblenou district. This project led to the creation of a new space dedicated to the knowledge industries and new technologies, which was named 22@. The main section of the neighbourhood is the final stretch of the Avinguda Diagonal which opened in 1999. The area still retains some of the blue-collar housing blocks from the 1960s and 1970s, which have been integrated into a new neighbourhood of modern buildings, hotels and urban spaces.

A little further along, you'll find the Parc del Fòrum, the great seafront esplanade which hosted the Universal Forum of Cultures, an event that took place in Barcelona in 2004. On the way, you can visit the modern Parc de Diagonal Mar, designed by Enric Miralles.

On the waterfront, a visit to the Forum site tells you about Barcelona's most modern architecture. Set between new skyscrapers and 5-star hotels, is the Barcelona International Convention Centre, designed by José Luís Mateo, and the landmark triangular Forum Building, an ingenious work by the architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

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