Shared SpacesShared Spaces
is an interview section which aims to reflect the multifaceted and changing nature of public space. It does this by means of simple but very open questions addressed to informed individuals from widely differing origins and disciplines that are part of the many activities organized by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB)
. With a format that is short and flexible but not lacking rigour, it is therefore an educational tool for all kinds of audiences and one that aims to create awareness of the fact that understanding and transforming the city we share is everyone’s concern.
Interview with Owen Jones
The British writer and journalist explains that public space should be social and accessible to everyone. He describes the consequences of burgeoning private property which only benefits tiny elites and comments on protest movements like the Indignados or
Interview with Guy Standing
Guy Standing, the economist who has popularised the term “precariat”, presents his view of public space from the standpoint of the commons, which he sees as being a basic part of urban life and essential for the survival of the precariat. He a
Interview with Judith Butler
The well-known gender theorist and professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley offers her views on public space today. She believes that the possibilities for freedom and assembly and, accordingly, democracy are dwindling. She tells
Interview with Mauricio Tenorio
The Mexican historian stresses the concept of “possibility” when he speaks of public space. By this he means what might happen when one is part of it, either actively or passively. His favourite public space is Mexico City, not any particular
Interview with Ira Katznelson
The American political scientist, president of the Social Science Research Council and former president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), defines the characteristics of
Interview with Richard Burdett
The sociologist, urban planner, professor of Urban Studies and director of Urban Cities and also of the Urban Age Programme at London School of Economics, talks about what public space is and how to interpret it as a whole within a wider network. His favo
Interview with Richard Sennett
The American-born sociologist and writer speaks of public spaces that presently interest him, namely long-neglected places that help immigrants to feel at home. His favourite public space is near where he lives in London, a square in which activity and di
Interview with Diane Davis
Diane Davis, an American sociologist and geographer, and Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism at Harvard University, reflects on the nature of public space giving special attention to the need for people to give sense to places
Interview with Dipesh Chakrabarty
The Post-colonialism and Modernity theorist explains how he considers public spaces and the need to discuss the new global affairs in them. He also speaks of a symbolic space of Kolkata, the Esplanade, as his favorite public space.
Interview with Antonio Font.
The Catalan urban planner reflects on the role of public space in both the city and the metropolitan area – through the territory-city. His favourite public space is El peine de los vientos (Wind Comb) in San Sebastian, marking a point where the cit