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  • Rethinking La Rambla
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    Rethinking La Rambla

    Some years ago, La Rambla, a much-loved thoroughfare in the centre of Barcelona, ceased to be an everyday space for citizens to become an iconic street of the global metropolis devoted to tourist monoculture. Now, the crisis caused by COVID-19 and the absence of tourists has left it in critical...

  • Pandemic adds greater urgency to outstanding challenges in humanisation of public space
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    Pandemic adds greater urgency to outstanding challenges in humanisation of public space

    Cutting CO2 emissions, re-naturalising cities, combating the harmful effects of tourist monoculture and the digital economy, which have changed the productive fabric of cities, et cetera. International experts analyse for the daily Ara the challenges faced by public space before the COVID-19...

  • How post-pandemic architecture has always shaped our cities
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    How post-pandemic architecture has always shaped our cities

    “The history of architecture is the history of infectious diseases”, says Beatriz Colomina, theorist of the relationship between architecture and public health, in a video for El Confidencial. The struggles against cholera epidemics that devastated cities around the world in the nineteenth...

  • Balcony rights and wrongs
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    Balcony rights and wrongs

    During the pandemics, balconies have offered a platform for display, solidarity, communication and protest across a planet. They have become a symbol of a developing global and local togetherness, says visual artist and writer Will Jennings in the essay published in the journal Landscape. He...

  • Homo Urbanus
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    Homo Urbanus

    A vibrant ode to the public space that was denied to us by the pandemic: this is the effect of the exhibition “Homo Urbanus” with which Arc en rêve d’Architecture in Bordeaux, France has decided to reopen its installations after the confinement. The exhibition presents audiovisual material from...

  • Debate The Future of Cities: A View from the Global South
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    Debate The Future of Cities: A View from the Global South

    Teresa Caldeira, an anthropologist and Professor of the University of California-Berkley is a reference in contemporary urban thinking. She has spoken with Judit Carrera, director of the CCCB about the challenges confronting cities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the...

  • Public space’s normality
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    Public space’s normality

    Quines són les respostes de dissenyadors i arquitectes a la crisi de la pandèmia en relació amb els espais públics? El crític d’arquitectura Hans Ibelings constata que el debat sobre les implicacions espacials del confinament que s’ha centrat principalment en la llar i el lloc de treball i que...

  • Tearing Down Statues Doesn’t Erase History, It Makes Us See It More Clearly
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    Tearing Down Statues Doesn’t Erase History, It Makes Us See It More Clearly

    Anti-racist movements, arisen worldwide after the killing of George Floyd, have put the past into question by targeting monuments, situated in symbolic place of public space, that represent the legacy of slavery and colonialism. Italian historian Enzo Traverso contextualizes the phenomenon and...

  • What Is a Park Worth?
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    What Is a Park Worth?

    The concept of the environmental services that nature brings us has been evolving throughout history. Evaluating this is increasingly necessary so we can understand the worth of its conservation, maintenance, and adaptation, says an article in The Conversation. But can what has hitherto been...