The model of the city and its consequences

Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Institut Barri Besòs (c/ Pujades 397)

The objective of these debates is to present what form of social producing, living and organization the current model of the city being created in Barcelona entails; to analyze how this model is indexed in the economic and social fabric and evaluate its consequences for the development of the city, the well-being of the population and the transformation of the existing social system.

Coordinated by the Observatori Critic sobre Habitatge i Urbanisme de Barcelona (OCHUB, Critical Observatory on Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona), part of the seminar Economía Crítica TAIFA.


September 28 at 7:30pm
The city in modern society
Miren Etxezarreta and Nuria Pascual

This session is the most theoretical and contextualizes the other sessions. It attempts to propose the role of the city within capitalism's present process of accumulation and the neoliberal political economy; what does this mean in the city and what are its economic and social consequences.

October 5 at 7:30pm
Living in the neoliberal city
Miriam Jover and Gemma Galdon

First attempt to approach Barcelona's problematic with respect to the material conditions of life in the city: production and service system, the housing problem, gentrification, and the problem of public transport.

October 19 at 7:30pm
The best store in the world? (¿La millor botiga del mon?)
Gemma Cortabitarte and Francisca Limeres

This session, also centered on Barcelona, will focus on the problem of leisure, diversion and relational spaces. Taking as point of departure the Forum 2004, it will attempt to give an idea of how decisions have been made in relation to this event and what role the interests of private capital have played in these decisions, which then attempt to be legitimized in the face of public opinion. It will speak to themes related to "How do we want to be governed?" in order to attempt a broad analysis of the participatory processes that are proposed by current models.

November 2 at 7:30pm
Final debate. Conclusions and proposals.

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