Isabelle Anguelovski. Foto: Pere Virgili

The creation of city parks, green belts and ecological corridors in urban neighbourhoods attracts upmarket estate agencies and new residents with more purchasing power than longstanding residents. The rise in housing prices pushes the original population out: a frustrating phenomenon known as “green gentrification”.

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A sword of Damocles hangs over the head of today’s generations: the deterioration of the environment and climate change. The impact on human health of all this environmental turbulence also has enormous costs: economic factors must not serve as an excuse to postpone the necessary protection measures; in fact, quite the contrary.

Joan-Anton Benach. Foto: Pere Virgili

() Joan-Anton Benach va ser el director fundador d’aquesta revista, que va néixer amb el nom de Barcelona. Metròpolis Mediterrània el maig de 1986, en un moment en què la ciutat es preparava i es reinventava per acollir els Jocs Olímpics de 1992.

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In her books, Najat El Hachmi, a writer of Moroccan origin, juxtaposes the world she comes from and the one she has found here, in a negotiation between both worlds. We are fortunate to have an author in Catalonia who has successfully been able to put this experience into writing.

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From the perspective of commitment, with the philosopher Marina Garcés we discuss the Europe of cities, border Europe, Syrian refugees and the relationship between the world and the interdependent subject.

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Miquel Barceló is aware that art no longer has a single centre as it did years ago, but he doesn’t want to be everywhere. As he says, “A painter cannot be like Coca-Cola, which aspires to conquer all markets”.

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“As the Greek precept recommended: nothing in excess. Technology is designed to be addictive.” These words of warning come from Núria Oliver, one of the world’s leading innovators in the field of artificial intelligence, who nevertheless asserts her confidence in the great benefits of new technologies for mankind.

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Sculptor Jaume Plensa has just won the Barcelona City Prize in the ‘International Impact’ category. He is enjoying a new millennium of vibrant creativity and increasing recognition. From his studio, Plensa shares his thoughts on the humanisation of art and the role of his art in public spaces.

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Passola was the producer of ‘Pa negre’ and is currently preparing the cinematic adaptation of Joan Sales’ ‘Incerta glòria’. She considers Barcelona a powerful centre of cinematographic experimentation, even though Catalan cinema has yet to find its mass audience.

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Growing numbers of people live in cities and are increasingly connected, but only productive societies will be able to decide their future. A plan has been implemented in Barcelona to place technology within everybody’s reach, allowing the community to work together.

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() Des que va obtenir el Lleopard d’Or del Festival de Locarno amb ‘Història de la meva mort’, en què imagina la trobada de Casanova i Dràcula, Albert Serra no ha parat de voltar món amb presentacions i col·loquis. Continua la trajectòria d’un cineasta de qui Olivier Père va dir que renovava la manera de fer cinema dels pioners i els somiadors.

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Carme Torras is a research professor at the Robotics Institute, where she leads research into perception and manipulation. As well as her scientific career, Torras has written a unique work of literature. She is the author of La mutació sentimental, which won the Premi de Ciència-Ficció Manuel de Pedrolo 2007.

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“Doctors have a commitment to society that we cannot forget,” says Dr Valentí Fuster, director of the Cardiovascular Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and the Carlos III National Cardiovascular Research Centre in Madrid. This social vocation has led this doctor from Barcelona – one of the world’s leading cardiology experts – to work untiringly as a disseminator and educator.

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Xavier Verdaguer is one of the most creative and international entrepreneurs that Barcelona has produced. He holds computing engineering and technical architecture degrees from Pompeu Fabra University, has studied top level management at Stanford University, and defines himself as a serial entrepreneur.

Anna Veiga

Hanging on the coat rack on the back of her office door, there is a jumper, a lab coat and dozens of lanyards with IDs for congresses and seminars specialising in human reproduction in which Anna Veiga has participated over the last few years.

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The sky is overcast. The photographer Pere Virgili and I walk up the last stretch of les Fogaroses that leads us to Jaume Cabré and Margarida Barba’s front door. The garden is shrouded in the dense peace of a low morning mist. We go up to his studio and start to talk, as the photographer snaps away. The conversation takes over everything.