SANT MARTÍ DISTRICT
The district of Sant Martí is located on the northeast end of the city, on the part of plain of Barcelona’s waterfront. It borders with the municipality of Sant Adria del Besós and the districts of Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Horta-Guinardó and Sant Andreu.
It comprises most of the territories that once constituted the former borough of Sant Martí de Provensals from which it derives its name. In the past streams and torrents coursed through the area (Notari River, Milans Torrent, Bogatell Torrent, la Guineu Torrent, Horta River to name a few) proceeding from the waters of Collserola; it is from these that most of the streets derive their names inspiring toponyms of those surfaces they once submerged.
The Ajuntament de Barcelona (Barcelona City Council) stimulated by the initiative to transform 200 hectares of industrial zone, created a district with a strong drive for innovation and progress with strategically built in modern spaces where to funnel the bulk of knowledge intensive activities. To obtain this objective, a new model of a compact city was created, where state of the art enterprises work side by side with universities, research centres, training centres and centres for technology transfer, but also includes housing, amenities and green areas.
In such way, a new economic model is defined based on the development of five sectorial clusters: Media, ICT (Information and Technology), Energy, Design and Medical Technology and the implementation of several strategic projects that enable business growth, ease creativity and networking, attract and retain new talents and facilitate access to innovation and technology, among others.