Alimentando otros modelos: cultivar entre las ruinas de la crisis

by José Luis Fernández Casadevante, Kois* Según Naciones Unidas los huertos comunitarios son una buena práctica de sostenibilidad urbana. El auge de la agricultura en nuestras ciudades es un símbolo del cambio de ciclo económico, la efervescencia social y las iniciativas de autoorganización ciudadana. En nuestro libro "Raíces en el asfalto" reivindicamos la huertopía (hortus+topos), un … Continue reading Alimentando otros modelos: cultivar entre las ruinas de la crisis

La guerra por el agua en la Guerra Civil española

By Santiago Gorostiza & Hug March* Entre bombardeos y el cerco de las tropas franquistas, las empresas encargadas del suministro de agua de Madrid y Barcelona también se revolucionaron. Durante la década de 1930, los modelos de gestión del agua de Barce­lona y Madrid eran polos opuestos. En la capital, Canales del Lozoya –nombre que … Continue reading La guerra por el agua en la Guerra Civil española

An Economic Education: Introducing Ecological Economics in Spain

By María J. Beltrán In 2006 a group of scholars and researchers established The Spanish Network for Ecological Economics – EcoEcoEs. Aiming to expand the scope of ecological economics and political ecology within the country, the common interest of this group was to promote and coordinate the teaching on ecological economics and to enhance further … Continue reading An Economic Education: Introducing Ecological Economics in Spain

Empty living: inhabiting the residues of Spain’s urbanisation tsunami

by Melissa Garcia Lamarca The bust of Spain’s real estate boom has left 3.4 million empty housing units across the country. By 'inhabiting' empty or unfinished housing units, Agustín Ortiz Herrera's Empty Living project underlines the contradictions and consequences of the housing boom and the frustrations generated by its failure. Over seven years ago, Spain’s … Continue reading Empty living: inhabiting the residues of Spain’s urbanisation tsunami

Lessons from the Collectivisation of Aigües de Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939)

After almost eight decades the story of the collectivisation of Aigües de Barcelona during the time of the Spanish Civil War emerges as highly insightful given today's context of European crisis and the parallel worldwide trend towards re-municipalisation of water management. * The changes that Barcelona’s Avinguda Diagonal underwent since it was renamed and lost … Continue reading Lessons from the Collectivisation of Aigües de Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939)

Barcelona, the dead city

  Underneath the attractive brand of Barcelona we find corruption, racism and impunity, from the police to the legal and administrative system. In the documentary Ciutat Morta we discover how undesirable citizens are expendable within an urban-touristic model that cannot be disturbed. The documentary Ciutat Morta (Dead City in English) released in 2013 is now … Continue reading Barcelona, the dead city

Emotions in struggle: reflections on militant/activist research processes

by Melissa Garcia Lamarca I can’t sleep at night, in fact I’m taking sleeping pills regularly, but my dreams are filled with children grasping on to me for help. The other day one of my comrades (compañeros) sent a foreign television crew to our squatted building for an interview, which was not supposed to last … Continue reading Emotions in struggle: reflections on militant/activist research processes

Connecting past and present socio-ecological struggles: The “Barceloneta Cooperative Memory Project”

by Irmak Ertör, Melissa Garcia Lamarca and Santiago Gorostiza Barceloneta is one of the most charismatic neighbourhoods in the city of Barcelona. It has a powerful history of cooperatives run autonomously by their workers and inhabitants. The history of the neighbourhood—its name meaning 'little Barcelona'—dates back to the 18th century. It was previously inhabited by … Continue reading Connecting past and present socio-ecological struggles: The “Barceloneta Cooperative Memory Project”

Archival research: a little story behind a picture

by Santiago Gorostiza Langa In the outskirts of a Catalan city, inside an anonymous industrial warehouse, one can find hundreds of treasures. Their owner, the largest electric utility company of Spain, didn't take the time to put its name outside the building, but instead contracted a security service to take care of it. Maybe that's because a … Continue reading Archival research: a little story behind a picture

Radical geography in times of crisis, a Spanish perspective

The Geography Department of Harokopio University, in Athens, promoted until the end of June (see the program here) several seminars on radical geography. Núria Benach, from the University of Barcelona, was the invited speaker at the 11th of April. She reflected on the role of radical geography in the current times of crisis, offering, as she called it, a Spanish perspective. Núria started by questioning if the … Continue reading Radical geography in times of crisis, a Spanish perspective