Espectacle inaugural del Festival Grec 2020. © Edu Bayer / Ajuntament de Barcelona
Treading carefully and not looking too far ahead. The post-lockdown future of culture

Cancelling, postponing or rethinking. These are the options Barcelona’s cultural initiatives have had to decide between during the Covid-19 lockdown. Each project has...

Il·lustració © Raquel Marín
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 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 futureThe year of the plague

Ebola was the first in the succession of new diseases that tested humanity’s immune systems in the early 1990s. It was to be followed by avian influenza in 1997, and...

Il·lustració © Laura Borràs Dalmau
The city after the pandemicThe new city emerging: a public health perspective

The spring of 2020 will be remembered as the spring of Covid-19, a time that has forced us to stop, to take preventive measures and to live alone in a connected world...

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...

Il·lustració © Laura Borràs Dalmau
The city after the pandemicLow-intensity neo-fascism, for the time being

The lessons of history do not immunise us against fascism. The collective experience of the pandemic we are experiencing, with a stunned and shocked society,...

Il·lustració © Laura Borràs Dalmau
The right distance

I didn’t mind getting up early to wait for her on the corner with Vinyals and escort her to the underground. It was five, ten minutes, held back at every traffic...

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