Better Cities Film Festival 2021

March: Vacancy Vortex

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Our March Theme is "Vacancy Vortex"

We've curated a special selection of films that show how vacant lots and properties are being reimagined and reclaimed.

We begin with Covid Didn't Do This which points the lens at the effects of ongoing intentional disinvestment that devastated urban neighborhoods long before Covid made its impact on city life. Then we go to Detroit where locals fight urban blight by casting a vision for new possibilities. Forgiving Earth: Voices from Detroit's Urban Farms introduces us to urban gardeners who are planting new hope for their neighborhood. Then we go to China in Shanghai Transitions which presents the other end of the spectrum. In this short film, tour Shanghai neighborhoods with local Dutch architects as they reflect on the impact of extreme, intense, rapid development. Lastly, we go to Barcelona with Landskating where marginalized urban spaces are reclaimed and redeveloped as skate parks. See how this small scale project brings joy and community to the neighborhoods.


An old skating area by the beach, a forgotten garden buried under bridges and the reconstruction of a skate park in a working-class neighborhood, define the scene of the documentary "Landskating Barcelona". A parallel narration of the building process of three new public spaces in Barcelona explains how certain marginal areas of the city have been naturally integrated in the urban network, taking into account the landscape, its memories, its people, its everyday life...

The Landskating documentary, directed by Kike Barberá, written by Oscar Blasco, Sergi Carulla and Kike Barberá, and produced by SCOB, was shot between 2013 and 2015. During this period, citizen participation processes were carried out, conducted by youngsters themselves, as well as the construction of the first three urban sports parks in the city of Barcelona – the Landskate Parks. 

The Landskate Parks have received numerous awards, among which the IOC/IAKS prize, the most important international architecture award for sports, recreational and leisure facilities, under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee. 

The Landskating documentary has been selected in several film and architecture festivals, and has been screened in more than 15 cities across Europe and Latin America.

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    27 minutes
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  • Director
    Kike Barberà, Oscar Blasco, Sergi Carulla
  • Screenwriter
    Oscar Blasco, Sergi Carulla