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Barcelona (/bɑːrsəˈlnə/, Catalan: [bəɾsəˈlonə], Spanish: [barθeˈlona]) is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain, as well as the country’s second most populous municipality, with a population of 1.6 million within city limits. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.7 million people, being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr area and Milan.[3] It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 feet) high.

Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Besieged several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean is located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.

Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. It is a major cultural and economic centre in southwestern Europe, 24th in the world (before Zürich, after Frankfurt) and a financial centre. In 2008 it was the fourth most economically powerful city by GDP in the European Union and 35th in the world with GDP amounting to €177 billion. In 2012 Barcelona had a GDP of $170 billion; it is leading Spain in both employment rate and GDP per capita change. In 2009 the city was ranked Europe’s third and one of the world’s most successful as a city brand. In the same year the city was ranked Europe’s fourth best city for business and fastest improving European city, with growth improved by 17% per year, and the city has been experiencing strong and renewed growth for the past three years. Since 2011 Barcelona is a leading smart city in Europe. Barcelona is a transport hub with the Port of Barcelona being one of Europe’s principal seaports and busiest European passenger port, an international airport, Barcelona–El Prat Airport, which handles above 40 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network and a high-speed rail line with a link to France and the rest of Europe


so much going on in barcelona..  yet not adding page until this day.. listening again to Francesca Bria

dec 2016 – smart city expo – Roundtable Session – A New Deal on Data: What role for Cities?





10 min – tech – how can we design together techs that have public return.. that embed social goods.. that take into account we are designing together with citizens..

mech simple enoughhosting-life-bits via self-talk as data

27 min – @gemmagaldon: barcelona 3 yrs ago.. putting fablab in poor neighborhood.. neighbors stormed bldg.. wanted foodbank.. fundamentally broken in tech society and policy makers.. can cities react to that.. when tech co’s are beginning to seem too big to fail..

30 min – on the system functioning only for the few.. if you can’t show this will work at planetary level.. not a very appealing vision..

problem deep enough: a & a

32 min – basis for more inclusive econ.. econ that’s not based on commodification/financialization of data.. but also serves to develop a more collab econ…what is left for cities.. when you have complex problems.. you need to work at a diff layer..

35 min – orchestrate better systems .. with a level playing field..

in germany: information self-determination..  if no transparency.. i can’t regulate.. ie: i don’t know how this effects the pricing..

go deeper.. with that info self-determination.. ie:  self-talk as data

43 min – q: our capacity to reinvent how we use data.. what we use it for.. could be located.. ie: not in google..    a: we need a hybrid architecture approach when it comes to infrastructure/architecture.. alt’s that imply distributive.. citizen governed.. so we can experiment with new models..

ps in the open  so we can io dance


same conf (smart city expo) via David Bollier:

barcelona‘s brave struggle to advance commmons

But the deeper point remains:  How to integrate commons-based systems with the *complex realities of city governments and markets as they exist today?  Or must commons occupy a different sphere entirely?

*realities..? as in givens..?

I confess that I do not have a fully satisfying answer to these question

the city as a commons – dec 2016



tragedy of commons – only looking at resources.. not systems.. elinor comes and clears it up

enclosures of the city.. overbuilt/overmarketized/unfair.. turning wealth into commodities..

20 % of human genome patented.. causing problems.. same with environment.. causes of enclosure

the common generates value .. it’s not a tragedy

14 min – how do we reinvent city as commons..

short plan

15 min – city as living social system of interdependent creative agents..  individual agency as real source of power.. if a city could tap into that.. energies.. that otherwise couldn’t pay for..

but this requires other ways of govt/managing..

hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data

cultivating a culture of citizen led innovation..

20 min – platform coop

not common ing

21 min  -alt currency

not common ing

22 min – m pesa – as alt to transacting when currency not available..

not common ing

why city as commons.. more energies.. makes things more affordable.. city as incubators

energy\ness..yes.. but only if we disengage from money ness.. measuring transactions..

26 min – q: do we get rid of copyright  a: creative commons depends on it so no..

why creative commons..? to me.. that’s not common ing..




fab lab documentary

michel fb share

“An astonishing transformation is taking place in Barcelona’s former industrial district of Poblenou. The district was once rundown, just like so many other former industrial neighbourhoods in Western cities once manufacturing moved overseas. Today the neighbourhood has become a poster child for urban renewal through a bottom-up approach, creating an epicentre of technology and creativity — leading the Catalan paper Publico and other media to describe it as a mini Silicon Valley for sustainable industry.”

“The citizen gets to decide what data they want to donate, and on what terms. Data is not centralised in the hands of very few players”

Original Tweet:

maybe better deciding what data to gather in first place.. ie: self-talk as data


Made Again Documentary — The ‘Silicon Valley of sustainability’ in Barcelona | P2P Foundation…


shock doctrine

Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) tweeted at 4:34 AM – 1 Oct 2017 :

I have, and we all should be amplifying today. Nothing can justify this state violence. #CatalanReferendum (

Zoe Gardner (@ZoeJardiniere) tweeted at 4:36 AM – 1 Oct 2017 :

Outrageous brutality! Anyone who wasn’t for independence before will be now. What utterly counter-productive violent thuggery. For shame. (

DiEM25 (@DiEM_25) tweeted at 4:48 AM on Sun, Oct 01, 2017:
At DiEM25 we reiterate our view on Catalonia’s democratic right to decide on its future through a peaceful + legally-binding referendum 2/2

Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) tweeted at 4:57 AM on Sun, Oct 01, 2017:
Democracy, or whatever is left of it in Europe. #CatalanReferendum

Digital Maverick (@digitalmaverick) tweeted at 5:36 AM – 1 Oct 2017 :

This is truly terrifying. And to think it is happening in beautiful Barcelona. (

The Guardian (@guardian) tweeted at 5:44 AM – 1 Oct 2017 :

Riot police attack protesters as violence breaks out in Barcelona – video

Jenn Garcia (@92jenn) tweeted at 5:45 AM – 1 Oct 2017 :

@guardian We are not protesters, we are voters! We deserve to have a referendum as Scotland had. Come on the guardian, you can do better than this (

Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) tweeted at 5:48 AM – 1 Oct 2017 :

Dozens were injured in clashes between police and protesters as Catalonians tried to vote in the referendum (

This is totally unacceptable. Global shame on the Spanish government.

Original Tweet:


Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) tweeted at 4:46 AM – 2 Oct 2017 :

Students prepare to march thru Barcelona in support of independence, lips taped to symbolise reaction of Spanish state (

Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) tweeted at 4:55 AM – 2 Oct 2017 :

Demo begins in silence… (

Nikhil Goyal (@nikhilgoya_l) tweeted at 3:08 PM on Sun, Oct 01, 2017:
Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’

Catalan independence referendum: Region votes overwhelmingly for secession from Spain

Results announced hours after Spanish Prime Minister says ‘there was no referendum’

with 90 per cent of over two million votes counted saying “yes”, the regional government has said.


What just happened: 1) Massive general strike in Catalonia 2) No declaration of independence 3) King implicitly threatens military coup

Original Tweet:


Pablo Iglesias (@Pablo_Iglesias_) tweeted at 5:21 AM – 6 Oct 2017 :

En España y Catalunya está en juego el futuro de la democracia en Europa.  de @katjakipping y @NFratoianni (

The future of democracy in Europe is at stake in Spain and Catalonia


podemosPablo Iglesias


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