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The Barcelona Debate

Translation and the Myth of the Tower of Babel

Lecture by Manuel Forcano


The suburb is not only the urban zone that has undergone the greatest and most spectacular growth during the last fifty years but it is also the locus of a new culture and an unprecedented lifestyle. This lecture aims to show how this immense, constantly spreading space is also one of disappearance. Today’s men and women who wish to escape monitoring or to lose visibility and avoid being traced in both physical and economic senses no longer try to vanish into the compact mass of cities but, rather, into the uniform spaces of suburbs. These are places of a new kind of elimination, of a chance to flee. Hence, we see appearing in suburban culture a quest for lack of knowledge, disappearance and retreat, outside of the public sphere and within a private, hidden, anonymous realm.

Presenters: Susanna Rafart

Participants: Manuel Forcano

This activity is part of Open City, The Barcelona Debate

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