From Coboi lab, we have designed a cycle of conversations about the city’s chances of the future. The pandemic has made us question, among other things, the model of metropolis where we want to live, that is to say: how should the post-covid city be? In possible cities[s][s] we will talk about new ways of co-designing the city with different actors and about alternatives to dealing with emerging urban issues: housing housing, ecological transition, and public space.
The inaugural session will take place on May 14th at 9 a.m., and we will have the Mayoress Lluïsa Moret, who will talk to us about why this cycle is going to happen; L’Alessandro Rancati, the representative of the European Commission, will contextualise the talks at the New European Bauhaus; and from Coboi lab we will make the poster of the talks coming, until October/November!
This cycle has two readings: possible city and Possible Towns, because we want to provide plurality, with a different look and alternative to the known one and it doesn’t work, so that each one can bring it to its reality – Sergi Frías
Alessandro Rancati, an analyst of the European Commission, states that the policies of the Commission tend to be disconnected from real life, and the New European Bauhaus project is an attempt to connect and link the New Green Deal with the different realities that are already happening locally.
The New European Bauhaus is guided by three words: beautiful, sustainable, and united. All projects presented must comply with these three pillars: beauty beyond appearance, durability, and inclusiveness. Rancati notes that there are already examples and references across Europe that bring these three words together but lack attention, support, or even credibility. Finally, Rancanti advocates a co-design of the city, where creation is not someone’s work but the creation of many. By escaping the logic of competitiveness, he supports the idea of designing the city together and advocates a transition to the notion of cities that design new realities and interactions.
On the other hand, Mayoress Lluisa Moret explained that, for her, Saint Boi is an effervescent city, where people must be linked to the planet and prosperity. In addition, it highlights the role of Coboi lab, which allows us to reflect and build a better city for all while stressing that we are responsible for the city that we will leave to future generations.
To conclude, Carme Arcarazo advances the future of the cycle of ciutat[s] possibles[s], a space to discuss emerging themes. The first part-session wonders how, and the second stage as early as September and October, will ask what kind of city? The two stages have been thought of from two transverse perspectives: the multi-actor perspective and a clear feminist will.
- We must focus on what already exists, we must not invent new things. This ensures that the European Union has contact with different realities at different levels, which we can use to connect with the New Green Deal.
- There is a transition from city design to cities that design themselves.
- We must fight for interaction and collaboration between people.
- Ask who should be the protagonists in this process of city design.
This action is subsidized by the Public Employment Service of Catalonia and the Fund as part of the Local Development Support Programmes.