How foreign communities live in Barcelona

The communities of people from abroad living in Barcelona today are bigger and more diverse than ever. We dedicate the dossier of 106 issue of Barcelona Metròpolis to the largest immigrant communities in the city and also the ones that have grown up more in the last years. We invite you to read the dossier to discover them all.

Barcelona is one of the cities in Europe that has been the most understanding of the drama of the refugees, and it has also been a magnet for immigration in southern Europe.

In the dossier of the 106 issue of Barcelona Metròpolis, we dedicate a space to investigating, on the one hand, how our largest immigrant communities live: Italians, Chinese, Moroccans, Pakistanis and Latin Americans. On the other hand, we look at how nationalities that have not been very well-represented until now have made themselves more visible, like the Bengalis, Armenians or Hondurans.

Imagined, rejected and remodelled Barcelona

Cities are built with the haste brought about by need, but also with the order required for coexistence. A city is the sum of sedimented successes and impatient error. The city is also everything it’s given up on being.

Carme Granadas collects in the book La Barcelona desestimada urban and architectural projects that wound up locked in a drawer for financial and political reasons, or because of changes in fashion. Can you imagine if Rubió i Tudurí’s idea of moving the Barcelona Zoo to the Park Guell had been carried out?  At the same time, the Escola d’Arquitectura de Barcelona has looked back and has compiled the best works of the last fifty years. Here the imagined Barcelona by the students serves to reflect on its real evolution.

The urban planning makes it clear that too many times we sacrifice the movement of citizens in favour of the mobility of vehicles. Distinction between movement and mobility is one of the pillars of the project for remodelling La Rambla promoted by the Km-Zero collective led by Itziar González. This architect and urban therapist explains in the interview that we need to save La Rambla both from the monoculture of tourism and from disenchanting momentum.

Reports and more

The impact of women in science in modern Barcelona (from the end of the 19th century to today) goes far beyond a handful of famous female researchers. The report “Clandestine and rebellious: women and science in modern Barcelona” rescues the names of many of these women that have in fact been involved in the scientific and technical life of the city in many different ways.

The second report on this issue immerses us in the world of cinema. We can read how some projects are reinventing cinema. Gerardo Santos and Arianna Giménez talk about the different and complementary projects like that represent the Filmoteca de Catalunya, cinemas Texas and Phenomena, the resistant cinema Maldà or Zumzeig cooperative.

On this issue we also talk about the visit of the activist Naomi Klein through Barcelona, presenting her last book  presentar el seu darrer llibre No Is Not Enough, we remember the figure of Josep Puig i Cadafalch per his immense architectural work in Barcelona on the first half of 20th century, and we go down to the sewers of the city with the story by Pau Joan Hernández “El districte subterrani”.