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 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
Interview with Oriol Nel·lo
In this interview, the Catalan geographer upholds the city as a collective project and describes how it can help to improve people’s quality of life. He also says that public space should be considered at the metropolitan level and highlights the im
Interview with Patrick Cockburn
The Middle East correspondent explains why he thinks public space is necessary and highlights its intrinsic democratic dimension. He says that the Internet can never be a true public space and that his favourite public spaces are markets.
Interview with Luc Boltanski
The French philosopher and sociologist describes the changes undergone by public space in recent years. For him, public space is the place where political debate occurs so it is not surprising that conversations about politics in a Parisian café co
Interview with Montserrat Guibernau
The Catalan political scientist speaks of the importance of public space and of the need to see ourselves as being part of a wider environment. Her favourite public spaces are full of light and life, meeting points in which space is shared.
Interview with Salvador Cardús
The Catalan sociologist explains the importance of public space for a sociologist. He says that the classroom is his favourite public space because it is a place of relationship and knowledge-sharing in a constantly changing world.
Interview with Claudio Lomnitz
The Chilean anthropologist and historian speaks of the importance of public space and supporting it – in physical terms too – following on from the examples of Occupy Wall Street and events in Mexico. He chooses Berlin as his favourite public
Interview with Jorge Melguizo.
The Colombian social communicator and politician speaks about public space in Medellín and the reasons behind its transformation. His favourite public space is walking through any city.
Interview with Josep Fuses
Fuses says that, in the twenty-first century, public space is no longer to be found at strictly architectural levels and calls for spaces in which architecture takes on an anonymous quality.