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Lectures

This section contains recordings of lectures and debates on urban issues which have been held at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). From the CCCB’s earliest days, the city has been a key area of its programming, and speakers from a very wide range of disciplines and backgrounds are constantly being invited to offer a plural, complex perspective on the values of, and challenges raised by coexistence in urban space.
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    “The Possible City: From Urban Planning to Democracy”

    Debate with Diane Davis, Teresa Caldeira and Richard Burdett

    Richard Burdett, Teresa Caldeira and Diane Davis talk about different realities in urban planning to combat inequalities They all stand out the point that it is necessary to turn urbanism to a more open, wide and democratic process.
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    “What Is a Decent City? Between Pragmatism and Utopia”

    Debate between Richard Sennett and Ira Katznelson.

    The sociologist Richard Sennett and the political scientist Ira Katznelson are in favour of applying principles of pragmatic thought in order to improve the form and content of the city, a “decent city”, aiming at what is desirable but bound t
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    “Tourism, City and Identity”

    Lecture by Xavier Antich

    The Catalan philosopher talks about tourism and its relationship with cities. He stresses how crucial it is to think about the model of the city itself before wondering about the model of tourism it should have.
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    "In Praise of Adventure: Paradoxes of Security"

    Lecture by Frédéric Gros

    Frédéric Gros visited the CCCB on 26 November 2014 to give the lecture “In Praise of Adventure: Paradoxes of Security”. In his lecture, Gros advocated the simple act of walking in the street as a solution to present-day problems
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    “Urban Planet: Mobility in Cities of the Future”

    A lecture by John Urry

    The director of the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University, John Urry, who is considered to be one of the most influential sociologists today, questions the short-term viability of the automobile as a means of urban transport.
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    "Passages in a contemporary cities"

    Lecture by Marcel Smets

    The architect Marcel Smets visited the CCCB to present the project "Passages_Passatges".
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    «The Political and Economic Dimension of the Crisis»

    Debate between Nancy Fraser and Michel Wieviorka

    Nancy Fraser and Michel Wieviorka met at the CCCB to talk about the consequences of the economic crisis which has been dominating the news for the last few years.
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    "The future of European city"

    Debate between Hans Ibelings and Eugeni Bach.

    Hans Ibelings and Eugeni Bach met at the CCCB to talk about the essential features of public space in Europe and in other parts of the world.
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    “Unbranding Barcelona”

    Lecture by Marina Garcés

    The philosopher Marina Garcés spoke at the CCCB about tourism in Barcelona.
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    "Cities and Travel, sources of Europe"

    Lecture by Gonçalo M. Tavares

    Gonçalo M. Tavares spoke about Europe today and the prevailing forces governing the lives of its citizens.
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