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Open city. The challenges of the futureThe city is bare: nature as necessity

The lockdown triggered by the pandemic has revealed the shortcomings of urban living as we knew it to us. The rural world now offers tranquillity and contact with...

Il·lustració © Raquel Marín
Open city. The challenges of the futureCities that learn from science: the response to a design crisis

COVID-19 has spread faster in dense urban areas, resulting in a higher mortality rate compared to rural areas. By drawing the diagram of the virus’s behaviour and its...

Il·lustració © Raquel Marín
Open city. The challenges of the futureImagining the symbiotic city

The COVID-19 crisis has been an anthropological shock, in other words, a dreadful experience for millions of people that will be forever etched on their memories and...

Il·lustració © Raquel Marín
Open city. The challenges of the futureTowards collective vows of luxurious poverty

Rather than thinking of the city as a doomed reality, as a certain catastrophic environmentalism does, we can see it as a yet-to-be fulfilled promise that the...

Il·lustració © Raquel Marín
Open city. The challenges of the futureThinking the cities of tomorrow

Times of crisis are also times of danger for democracy. Fear of the future can fuel the temptation to embrace an authoritarian response. What do we need to do to make...

Il·lustració © Raquel Marín
Open city. The challenges of the futureAlternatives to the “plaza dura”. Fostering urban biodiversity and citizen empowerment

In terms of urban design, a “plaza dura” is deemed to be a solution for the urban planning of a public space with a large surface area, generally made of granite or...

Il·lustració © Raquel Marín
Open city. The challenges of the futureThe end of the (common) world

The Flat Earth theory and other denialist utopias are the radical expression of increasingly widespread indignation at the mental and material decay of the common...

Il·lustració © Laura Borràs Dalmau
The city after the pandemicAn opportunity for change

It is not by chance that the pandemic has especially hit big cities like Barcelona. Open to the world, its power of attraction and connectivity have made the city...

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