Interviewing Mercè Conesa, Mayor of Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona)

Yesterday, in the “L’entrevista” program, it was the turn to interview Ms. Mercè Conesa, Mayor of Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona). In this occassion, Mònica Hernàndez, the program host, was accompanied by Sara Moreno, Sociology Pofessor at UAB, Josep Gimeno, News Head at, and myself.

The main subjects of the interview were: economic development, employment and community aids, transportation, the undergoing local government reform, smart city and security.

Interviewing Valentí Junyent, Mayor of Manresa (Barcelona)

Today I had the opportunity to collaborate in the “L’entrevista” program broadcasted by a national TV and radio Station called Xarxa de comunicació Local along with Mònica Hernàndez, program host, Albert Sàez and Manel Rius. Today was the occasion to interview the Mayor of Manresa, Mr. Valentí Junyent.

This month recommendation: Barcelona’s rebuilding process

The Catalan public station TV3 has recently produced and broadcasted a documentary regarding the rebuilding process of the city of Barcelona entitled “Empty, full. The Arrhythmic City” (Buit, ple. La ciutat arítmica).

In my opinion, the documentary is haunted by a functionalist gaze that assumes the role of the city as an ecosystem.

Here is the video (in Catalan) on Youtube as the official link ( does not support embedding the video on the blog:


Two highly recommended documentaries about Detroit, excellent example of Death and Life of Great American Cities (sic, Jane Jacobs)

BBC: “Requiem for Detroit?”  (2010)

“Redefining Dreamland” (2011)

“Redefining Dreamland” A 2011 Detroit Documentary (TRT: 1 hour 14 minutes) from Orange Creative on Vimeo.

Recommendation: “450-514 cohabitation trouble”

Radio-Canada has just put online a funny but insightful multimedia document approaching to the city-suburban dicotomy in Montreal. Worth watching it!

450-514 : Cohabitation trouble

Two videos on cities: two visions: hope and crisis

L’Amèrica en fallida” (L’Amérique en faillite), produit per France 2 i emès al 30 Minuts el dia 29 de gener de 2012




Thinking cities, Networked societies“, d’Ericsson