November 2010

Catalonia, the imaginative country

David Boronat's picture

The era of knowledge, the effects of globalization or the digital revolution are going to rapidly transform the world we live in. In fact, our lives have already been transformed to some degree, even if a few years from now we will look back and laugh at how we are still using the Internet and new technologies today. No one doubts that this is only the beginning.

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Why should you care about the Catalan elections?

Gaspar Pericay Coll's picture

From a foreigner’s perspective, Catalonia’s parliamentary elections may seem like a minor issue. Are elections in a country of 7.5 million people and a GDP of 234 billion euros important? It depends. It depends mainly on 3 factors: the powers and competences of the polity elected, if the elections end in a clear change of the political landscape and if the country’s elections will have an impact on its environment. All factors will very likely be present in the next Catalan elections, scheduled on Sunday the 28th of November. The Catalan Parliament and Catalan Government have many powers devolved, the Catalan political landscape will change and all this will have an impact on the rest of Spain, especially for the Spanish Government.

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“THE FACTORY”

Josep Lluís Mateo's picture

New Office Building in Boulogne Billancourt, París

When addressing this project for an office building, we started off by thinking about the entire city block as a series of buildings with spaces between them to introduce light and air into the empty space. In this way we began to see the building as a mass that formed Rue Emile Zola, like a complex volume. We had some prior experience with this type of building in terms of dimensions, depth, and so on, that went almost automatically into the drawings and models. I always start this way, with a very abstract volume as a base.

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BCN HUB

Ferran Soriano i Compte's picture

Barcelona wants to become a “hub”, one of the major hubs in Europe and in the Mediterranean. The dictionary says a hub is a “center around which other things revolve or from which they radiate; a focus of activity, commerce, transportation...”

Its geographic location, economic power, history and culture give Barcelona the opportunity to become all of this.

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Reaching peace, from academics to practice

Albert Caramés's picture

Thinking of ways to reach a peaceful environment in post-conflict situations, we will find numerous tools are being applied by governmental and non-governmental institutions. In other words, treating human rights abuses or seeking violence prevention and reduction are items that contain various sorts of strategies and procedures to execute.

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The Sahara tragedy

Núria Buenaventura's picture

Last Tuesday, newspapers edited in the Spanish State put the same issue on their front-pages: the massacre at the Agdaym Izik Saharawi camp, called the dignity camp. The significant importance that Spanish media gave to the issue goes together with the significant silence of international media. Significant and indicative. The Sahara conflict is our conflict; we have an unavoidable responsibility.

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Catalonia will find a way

Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida's picture

If we were to consider only objective data, it would take just a moment to realise that Catalonia's current situation is extremely worrying. The ruling of the Constitutional Court, which annuls essential parts of the new Statute of Autonomy, has shown that Catalonia's aspirations of self-government, formulated democratically in accordance with existing legislation, are incompatible with the interpretation of the Spanish Constitution.

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A strong Catalonia emerges from the crisis

Antoni Castells's picture

The complexity and intensity of the economic crisis we have faced in the past two years has been unprecedented, but today we can say that the world has left the recession behind. Now, it is time to look forward and also to learn from past experience, from the mistakes that have caused this crisis. In the same way that if we are now leaving the crisis it is because the world has learnt from past experience, especially from the Great Depression, in the thirties of the twentieth century.

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You Say Goodbye, And I Say Hello

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The Demographic Challenge Facing Catalonia In The Aftermath Of The Global Financial Crisis

Ours is an age of rapidly ageing societies, and in this sense Catalonia is no different from the rest of the developed world. What is so new about our current situation is not the ageing itself,  but its velocity, and the global extension of the phenomenon.

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Barcelona prepares itself to host Benedict XVI

Lluís Martínez Sistach's picture

On the 6th and 7th of November, the Holy Father Benedict XVI will honour us with an apostolic visit to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona. He will arrive on Saturday the 6th in the evening. He will spend the night in the Episcopal Palace. It will be a great honour for me, as Archbishop of Barcelona, to host the Holy Father.

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