Category Archives: Barcelona

How Barcelona is taking streets back from cars

Modern cities are ruled by cars. Streets are designed for them; bikers, pedestrians, vendors, hangers-out, and all other forms of human life are pushed to the perimeter in narrow lanes or sidewalks. Truly shared spaces are confined to parks and the occasional plaza. This is such a fundamental reality of cities that we barely notice it any more. Continue reading

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June Events


Tis the season for outdoor festivals, exhibits and community events.
Here are just a few taking place this month:

Serpentine Pavilion 2015
June 25, 2015 to October 18, 2015
London, UK

100en1Dia Milano
June 27, 2015
Milan, Italy

Open Streets Hamilton
June 28, 2015
Hamilton, Canada

June 29 – July 5, 2015
Barcelona, Spain

Photo by from torbakhopper Flickr CC

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Take My Hand

Under the theme of ‘democracy’ for the pavilion series BCN Re.Set in Barcelona, Yael Reisner and Peter Cook have collaborated to imagine and realize ‘Take My Hand’ in Plaça de la Merce. The public space has been transformed into a place for civil wedding ceremonies, which as a societal event represents a celebration of extended human rights. The inclusion of new possibilities in some countries for interfaith, non-religious, and same sex marriages provides freedoms that were previously not available. Continue reading

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