Barcelona is made of a special social, urban, architectural and artistic fabric. The set of its singularities draws, on the one hand, the enormous attraction that makes the city an undisputed world reference, and, on the other, its most intimate popular history; Your skin and your heart.
Barcelona is one of the most photographed and published cities in the world. But, is it possible to tell a Barcelona full of history and alive with creativity and production outside of stereotypes and repeated images to infinity? This book is based on the finding of an obvious fact: the vision so simplified that the tourist, in the hands of the tour operators, generally takes Barcelona is conditioning a reduced vision, which the Barcelona people themselves are unfortunately also incorporating. Above all, the local reader wants to discover unknown places, details and points of view.
Josep Maria Montaner (Barcelona, 1954.) Doctor architect, professor of Theory and Criticism of architecture at ETSAB (UPC). He is currently a councilor for housing and the district of San Martín in the Barcelona City Council. With Zaida Muxí he directed the Master Laboratory of the housing of the 21st century, between 2004 and 2014. He is the author of more than forty books, including Contemporary Architectural Systems (2008), Architecture and Politics (2011) and Housing Architecture collective (2015). He has taught courses and conferences at various universities and institutions in Europe, America and Asia. He has several prizes, including Lluis Domènech i Montaner of the Institute of Catalan Studies (1984), the Serra d'Or Critics Award for research (1991) and the National Prize for Initiatives in Urbanism of the Ministry of Housing (2005 ).
Pepe Navarro (Barcelona, 1954) is a photographer and writer. He holds a degree in Economics and Contemporary History from the University of Barcelona, took photography courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, and other centers in the city. His photographic style is defined by an integrative vision that has merged the concept Cities-Architecture-Society, publishing more than thirty books and reports on Barcelona, Valencia, Sarajevo, Havana or Medellín.
Isabel Aparici (Barcelona, 1976). Degree in Journalism and Social and Cultural Anthropology, Master in Cultural Management. With fourteen years he was already doing a program on stories of Barcelona to the radio station of the institute, and since then the city has been the center of his academic research. She has been a professor of the Master Laboratory of Housing of the 21st century, making tours of Barcelona. She works as a digital editor.