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    The Fall of Public Man, 2020?

    Public space and the public sphere, urban density, relations with the new technologies, and solidarity are some of the themes that Richard Sennett analyses in conversation with the Croatian philosopher Srečko Horvat. This interview is part of a cycle of debates launched by the platform DIEM25 in order to reflect on the social and political implications of the present moment.

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    Contemporary Thought in a Time of Epidemics

    “Wuhan Soup” is a compilation of pieces on COVID-19 published in March by eminent thinkers from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, the United States, South Korea, Slovenia, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Chile. These texts, analysing the present and offering hypotheses on the scenarios that are opening up with the pandemic have been brought together by the publishing house ASPO (Aislamiento Social Preventivo y Obligatorio).

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    Possible Futurs

    Making the most of the present crisis to rethink society and, on that basis, to organise it differently is the proposal of the Brazilian architect and urban planner Raquel Rolnik. In this video, which is part of a series in which she reflects on different themes related with urban planning, Rolnik talks about the drastic reduction in mobility that has been one result of the pandemic, the consequences of this, and the lessons we might learn from it.

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    «The world after coronavirus»

    Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian, professor, and writer, asks what the world will be like after the pandemic. In this article in the  Financial Times he warns that we are faced with two extraordinarily significant choices, between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment, and nationalist isolation and global solidarity.

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    “There Are No Demonstrations in Disneyland”

    With the death of the architect, professor, critic, and essayist Michael Sorkin , we recall that public space was one of his main concerns. As early as 1992, he warned of the danger of turning cities into theme parks. Here is his book Variations on a Theme Park: The New American City and the End of Public Space, which is available online.

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    "The Great Empty"

    The architecture critic at The New York Times , ponders photographs of ghost cities around the world as he reflects on public spaces that are presently deserted because of the pandemic. The images are dystopian yet also hopeful, since the aim of the collective confinement is to ensure everyone’s wellbeing. The day that the normal throbbing of everyday life fills public spaces once again, their formal beauty, now frozen, will regain its meaning.