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Cities, Climate Crisis and Global Health

How is the climate crisis affecting people in big cities? The scientific community warns that air pollution, the lack of or disappearing green spaces, and traffic and noise from private transport are just some of the problems that affect people’s health both locally and globally. What should cities be like or how should they change to make them more liveable? What can we as citizens do to live better in our cities?

John Urry and Salvador Rueda

Urban planet: mobility in the cities of the future

Is it possible to rethink urban growth and plan mobility with a view to achieving a healthier, more sustainable and socially just future? Urban growth seems to be unstoppable. It is calculated that, by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban environments and, even today, some cities have more than twenty million inhabitants.

Suzanne Hall and Nigel Thrift

Cities and the Anthropocene

Cities are now the main human habitat and forecasts indicate that they will continue to grow in the coming years. The sociologist Suzanne Hall and the expert in human geography Nigel Thrift, two leading figures today in the study of urban life, discussed about the situation of cities in the Anthropocene and made a call for new models to guide our way of inhabiting them.

The Pandemic, Southern Urbanisms and Collective Life

Gautam Bhan, Teresa Caldeira, Kelly Gillespie, AbdouMaliq Simone

In this article Gautam Bhan, Teresa Caldeira, Kelly Gillespie i AbdouMaliq Simone analyse collective life of the urban majority in the massifying cities of the global south where auto-construction, patchwork infrastructure and services, and tacit local economies define the condition of life for the majority.

Kim Stanley Robinson: «Think of Yourself as a Planet»

Prologue of the exhibition «After the End of the World»

The science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson made the script and put the voice to this audiovisual piece that opened the CCCB exhibition After the end of the world (2017). The video worked as a prologue of the exhibition and raises a reflection on the relationship and responsibility of humans with the planet.

The ideal city (Ideas around Public Health)

Soy Cámara online

What is a healthy city like, or what should it be like? What are its defining characteristics? How is it gauged? How healthy is Barcelona? What are the principal challenges and goals to be met in the field? This programme offers some ideas and reflections on the concept of health in the urban context in the form of conversations with specialists.

Natalie Jeremijenko: "We are all creative independent agents"

Interview to the artist and engineer

The artist, engineer and inventor Natalie Jeremijenko has developed this field of mutualistic socio-ecological systems design. Her projects take participation and collaboration between humans and non-humans as their starting point for forging our relationship with nature.

Next Stop: City Station

Núria Jar

The exhibition “After the End of the World” spread out over the city of Barcelona through diverse citizen science actions that aimed to improve the city’s environmental health. Núria Jar, journalist who specialises in science and health, writes about the initatives that involved over a hundred agents, science centres, schools, neighbourhood groups and diverse organisations to respond collectively to the major challenges aligned with the COP21 targets relating to cities.

ODE to the Future: Workshop on activism for climate change

ODA al futur

ODE to the future is a project that groups together various activist collectives in the Catalan territory that have been fighting for years against the disintegration of its landscapes. They are working to make the local signs of climate change acceleration visible in order to defend a new culture of territory management, of self-organisation of the communities and of resistance to the crisis.

Anaib Jain and Jon Ardem: "How do you imagine your house in 2050?"

Interview with the fiction desgin studio Superflux

The fiction design studio Superflux (IN/UK) transports us to an apartment in London in the year 2050, a time when droughts and hurricanes have altered our dietary routine. Superflux create worlds, stories, and tools that provoke and inspire us to engage with the precarity of our rapidly changing world.

Frederic Bartumeus, Xavier Rodó and Mercè Folch

New clima, new diseases?

ICREA research professors, Frederic Bartumeus (CEAB-CSIC) and Xavier Rodó (ISGlobal) and journalist Mercè Folch, discuss the role of climate change in the emergence and expansion of infectious diseases. Indeed, the experts warn us that climate change could pose the greatest threat to global health.

Wild cities

Soy cámara online

The only way we can now imagine the cities of the future is as exemplifying a new contract between urban space and natural space, which can no longer be usually exclusive. The recent presentation of vertical forests built by the studio of Stefano Boeri in Paris serves as an excuse to imagine wild, feral cities, where nature, in its full and often uncomfortable expression, is integrated into inhabited spaces.