Foto: Vicente Zambrano

The invisible city

Barcelona Metròpolis

There are many hidden layers of Barcelona. In this issue we speak about urban wildlife, we endeavour to portray the many resident-led movements that have arisen in districts such and the historical importance of the women leaders of residents’ and workers’ movements. We talk about the rescue of family photo archives and albums and we discover what Barcelona smells like.

Foto: A. Raspall / Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola

Wild boar is not welcome in the city

Jorge Ramon López Olvera

Once they have got used to human food, wild boar cannot re-adapt to their natural feeding habits and the only viable solution is to cull them, for ethical, legal, public liability, administrative and health reasons.

Foto: Pere Virgili

Project ZOOXXI was born from the ideals of anonymous citizens – activists, animal rights campaigners, university students, scientists and teachers – who question these urban facilities we call “zoos” that are heirs to the historical tradition of the human domination of other animals.


For years, Barcelona has been open to the sea, but we need to renew this connection and teach the public that the seafront still has natural treasures that should be seen as assets to the city and its inhabitants.

Foto: J.M. de Llobet / Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

Exotic animals are on the wrong end of either strong aversion or offensive greed from humans. But they suffer even more on account of their lack of recognition as vulnerable creatures and because they have nowhere they can call home.

Foto: J.M. de Llobet / Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

A BioBlitz is a species identification exercise that takes place over twenty-four hours and is open to everyone. This method of bringing together professional scientists, naturalists and the general public is highly effective.

Foto: Vicente Zambrano

Almost half of Spanish homes have a pet, usually a cat or dog. We need to know how to prevent relationships that may have negative consequences and promote those that are beneficial to both humans and animals.

Foto: Álbum de Clotilde Cerdà i Bosch. Biblioteca de Catalunya

During the final third of the 19th century, feminist and anti-slavery thoughts and actions could have consequences. The composer and harpist Clotilde Cerdà i Bosch, daughter of the painter Clotilde Bosch and her husband Ildefons Cerdà, experienced it first-hand.

Foto: Kim Manresa / Arxiu Històric de Roquetes-Nou Barris

The demolition of a polluting asphalt plant in early 1977, by the very residents who were suffering its effects, lay at the heart of the Nou Barris Athenaeum, a leading player in the social mobilisation and cultural revitalisation of the city’s northern neighbourhoods after the death of the Spanish dictator, Franco.

Foto: Dani Codina

Taking a positive view of city smells opens the door to considering them as an element of urban marketing. Deodorising cities and making them identical on an olfactory level – with the same smells everywhere – is one of the results of modern town planning, which insists on stripping public spaces of any emotion.

Foto: Lluís Salom

() Les narratives històriques sorgides de la Transició de vegades han ignorat el paper dels moviments socials i, més encara, el pes de les dones en les lluites veïnals i obreres. Les quatres històries de vida que presentem exemplifiquen la invisibilització de la dona combativa per pertànyer a la classe treballadora, per ser dones i, en el seu cas, a més, per ser migrants.