The campus of the University of Barcelona expands to different buildings in different parts of the city.  By traveling among each building. I, as well as the rest of the group, were able to notice distinct differences among each of the areas. At our first stop, Facultat de Medicina Universitat de Barcelona, the area seemed calm. As the furthest point in our map, much of its urban design was completely different to the other points. It was obvious that this was more of a local only area. People were hanging around, eating with friends, and just trying to escape the sun. As for our second (Universitat de Barcelona) and final spot (Reial Academia de Medicina de Catalunya), a major increase in tourism and congestion was visible. The closer we got to areas like Las Ramblas, the more the city became to favor tourism. This is shown with the rise of American corporate stores, increase in-store prices, and an increase in street sellers.  The placement of American stores can be noted to be seen as a tactic to find the area more appealing to tourist.  By attracting the tourist, pricing of the item can be increased. Therefore, a negative effect of this urban design is the removal of local shops and the displacement of the local population. Though it is nice to see familiar stores, I did not travel to all this way to have a cup of coffee from Dunkin Doughnuts. I came to experience the uniqueness this city has to offer.

at the Facultat de Medicina Universitat de Barcelona, people seem to hang out in the shade or look for cover.

this picture was taken at Universitat de Barcelona

this picture was taken on our way to Reial Academia de Medicina de Catalunya. it shows a large amount of tourist as well as corporate food chains.