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 Enric Batlle
The Catalan architect questions the notion that the European city is more compact than the American one and calls for combating the monopoly of the automobile in sprawling cities.
Interview with Saskia Sassen
The Dutch-American sociologist speaks about the social expulsions of the system and says that the street should be taken over by pedestrians: deritualising the public space of mega-cities in the face of their increasing overdetermina
Interview with Axel Honneth
The German philosopher discusses his view of public space as the place in which people seek the best solutions for the political challenges they face. He also upholds face-to-face relations in a situation where public space is fast expanding on the Intern
Interview with Xavier Antich
The Catalan philosopher believes that the city is everything today: the space for confrontation of conflicting interests over what is held in common. He believes this dual dimension makes it possible to detect who is permitted to be an active agent of soc
Interview with Juan Marsé
The Barcelona writer considers the transformation of post-Olympic Barcelona: recovery of the seafront and the rise of tourism. He invokes childhood memories and comes to the defence of markets as public spaces.
Interview with Marta Segarra
Segarra, Professor of French Literature and Gender Studies, discusses the loss of anonymity in contemporary cities because of overexposure to security. She also speaks of the city’s invisible inhabitants, the vagabonds living amongst us.
Interview with Ulrich Beck
The German sociologist endorses the role of cities and cosmopolitanism as a way of reinforcing the idea of citizenship and its role in constructing a shared future.
Interview with Zygmunt Bauman
The Polish sociologist and philosopher reflects on the process of glocalisation (a hybrid from the words globalisation and localisation) the world is undergoing. He calls for a spirit of working together to bring into being new ways of constructing a bett
Interview with Pete Fussey
The English criminologist and sociologist talks about security measures in public space. He believes these are necessary but warns that they also place barriers between different types of people and can even impoverish urban experience.
Interview with Nancy Fraser
The American political scientist identifies a paradox in the present-day public sphere. While we have technology which permits a high degree of communication, public space has become corporatised and lacks a culture of citizen participation.