We have always been a frontier: Icària neighbourhood, before becoming the Vila Olìmpica
Two cities in the same Lisbon
Memories of the resistance: the Flor de Maig
The story of the city of Barcelona can be told focusing on its modifications: its urban plans, projects and transformations, i.e., on what changes. But the story of the city can also be told focusing on what remains, through what survives, what resists on the great void created by the struggles over the territory. Some elements – parks, places, buildings, corners – as classic sociologists said, maintain an identity, some relationships, and an enormous popular meaning. This is the case of Flor de Maig, the emblematic building of one of the big workers’ cooperatives of the XIX and XX century, which conveys the memory of Poblenou: a memory of struggles and resistance. Since 2012, some residents recovered the building, and transformed it into a place of denunciation against the neoliberal direction that the city of Barcelona is undertaking, or, as their website says, to give an answer to the needs, the challenges and the unsatisfied desires of the contemporary capitalist city. Will they succeed?
- José MANSILLA (2013) “Nunca nos fuimos. Frontera, Memoria y Resistencia en la Flor de Maig”, Paper delivered at III Jornades Doctorals d’Antropologia Social. University of Barcelona, June 5th and 6th, 2013. Barcelona.
- Webpage of Ateneu Flor de Maig :: Video of the day of the reopening :: Photos of the centenary on the webpage of the Historical Archive of Poblenou :: Sone history of the Ateneu on Històries del Poblenou webpage: part1 – part2
- Isaac MARRERO (2003) ¿Del Manchester catalán al SOHO barcelonés? La renovación del barrio del Poblenou en Barcelona y la cuestión de la vivienda.
- On the workers’ cooperatives in Barcelona: Marc DALMAU, Iván MIRÓ, Dolors MARÍN (2010), Les cooperatives obreres de Sants: autogestió proletària en un barri de Barcelona (1870-1939), Barcelona: La ciutat invisible.
- Our researches on Poblenou (2006): “El Pla de la Ribera: el veïnat contra la dictadura” :: Entrevistes a Can Ricart :: Video “Des del Ressentiment o la batalla de Can Ricart” :: Mapa de afectació de Can Ricart :: More posts on Poblenou
Peripheries of a colony: modernity as a challenge in Tetouan
“Immigrants from different places, spanish and moroccan, gathered in the neighborhood. […] About this part of Tetouan, we should write not a history but… a novel“. Mohamed Anakar, former resident of barrio Málaga.
Haussman and Cerdà’s modern urbanism was at its peak in Europe, when the Sultanate of Morocco fell under the military and economic pressures of France and Spain. So hispano-moroccan colonial cities grew as cities in an unlimited expansion; but at the margins of the m
edina and the “Ensanche” grid, popular neighborhoods developed, in which lower-class moroccan and spanish neighbors challenged the cultural and linguistic barriers, like a working-class dance in front of modernity. With El barrio Málaga video [link], and the exposition Tetuán desafíos de la modernidad [link] (recently opened in Casablanca) the interdisciplinary equipe of architect Alejandro MUCHADA proposes a post-colonial look on the hispano-moroccan city observed from its peripheries: where the lower classes cohabited and created their own city, outside all plannings, and in an overflowing melting pot.
- “Tetúanmodernchallenge” is a research of Gamuc.org group on the urban and social transformations during the 45 years of spanish occupation in the north of Morocco, through the lens of social housing: PDF of the expo presentet this april in Casablanca : presentation of the expo : Webpage Tetuán Modern Challenge
- The word challenge refers to the moroccan historian Abdallah LAROUI, who used it to describe what modernity represented for pre-colonial moroccan society. See also Josep Lluís MATEO (2007) “El interventor y el caíd. La política colonial española frente a la justícia marroquí durante el protectorado” [PDF]
- The historical critique allows us to identify what solutions were offered to this challenge in the field of housing. Architect Alfonso de Sierra Ochoa put forward a series of middle-scale projects, in which where involved Moroccans from Tetouan: through architecture, we can compare what modernity was imagined in that times, with the one Morocco has today.
Barcelona, irregular borders
Squatting in Europe
- Más información: Squatting in Europe SQEK manifesto - Squatting in Europe Research Agenda - Last meeting in Copenhagen - página en n-1
- The Bolsjefabrikken (candy factory) in Laerkevej, Copenhagen - where the last meeting was held - began a campaign to buy the building, under eviction [SEE PHOTOS][the webpage translated]
- Colin WARD (2002) Cotters and Squatters. Housing's hidden history. "If a man put up a cottage between sunset and sunrise and if he lit a fire on the hearth and sent smoke through a chimney, it was a recognised custom that he might remain in possession of the house although it was built on common land" [Download PDF]
Herstory of the revolution: words of rebel egyptian women
Two new books about Barcelona
- C. INGROSSO, “Barcelona. Architecture, City and Society”, Skira, Milán
- C. INGROSSO, “Barcellona 2011. Storie urbane”, Clean, Nápoles
Photos: Barcelona’s Montjuïc
Four photos of Montjuïc mountain, when there still were people living on it. Even if for history it was only “slums”, many of them remember houses, written records, roads and street numbers. These photos come from private collections of former residents of “Eduardo Aunós” neighborhood. The old slum dwellers, almost all of them from Murcia or Andalusia, had to leave their houses in the 1920s, because of the celebration of an Universal Exposition. They were relocated in the Casas Baratas, but then their sons and nephews were evicted again at the end of the century. The need for land hit again those immigrant families; and it doesn’t matter how many generation they had been living in their “welcoming land”.…
The forgotten mountain: everyday geopolitics in Sarajevo
The “Reconquista” of Alcoi (Valencia)
Links on protests in Maghreb
- José SÁNCHEZ GARCÍA (2011) “La revolución egipcia: jóvenes, política y sociedad“. (also in italian) Download his thesis “Juventud en sociedades árabes: ¿cómo construyen su identidad?” (2009) in PDF: 1-2-3.
- Issandr EL AMRANI "Why Tunis? Why Cairo?", London Review of Books, 4/2/2011
- Santiago ALBA RICO "Y de pronto, la revolución" Gara, 17/1/2011
- Gabriele DEL GRANDE "The dictatorship south of Lampedusa" Peacereporter, 10/11/2008
- “Insurrection in North Africa: the story so far“ Libcom, 17/1/2011 (in spanish in Indymedia Estrecho and Klinamen)