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We specify three areas of expression of fragility in space, or three types of work areas, which are central to the project:

Spaces of waiting, spaces of suffering and pain, spaces of dependency and loneliness. Undocumented deaths, extreme ageing due to the pandemic, loneliness as an experience, dependency and gender-related care tasks (caregivers in a precarious situation). Abandonment of the person. The impossibility of mourning. Loneliness as a radical experience and fear as a blocking emotion. Fear expressed with space and links with the body. The forced experiences of isolation at home and in hospital. Scope: Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies. Monitoring and support for vulnerable groups (older adults, loneliness, domestic violence, functional diversity, mental disorders, cognitive disorders, prison population) and the response from society, civic and community support networks.

Spaces created by the word, scenarios out of context, emergency spaces for artistic practices, networks of cooperation and help, spaces for demonstrating. Spaces and ways of reunion. Mutual aid support networks. Clandestine meetings. Loving encounters, the layer of human erotica subjected to secrecy and the need for contact. Records of the emergence of unexpected parallel cultures. Forms of representation of space and spontaneous forms of culture. The city seen by children, by artists. Contributions from schools. A way of paying homage to those who have suffered, to those who have fought with their responsibility. The improvised generosity of certain initiatives. Scope: Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies. Cultural changes, creative industries and leisure entrepreneurship. Theatres, art galleries and museums, artists and cultural intermediaries. New paradigms.

 Imaginary territories, spaces of escape and memory, landscapes and movement, the relationship with the territory, borders imposed by the pandemic, marks, spontaneous and voluntary signs, memory. Decrepit and sinister spaces, empty space and the experience of desolation. Abandonment. The experience of the liberating space, identification with a recovered memory. The spontaneous monumentalisation of experiences. Monumentality as a private experience versus the public one. Scope: Sustainability and urban planning (adaptation of the territory and housing. Architectural environments). Pandemics seen, understood and handled from space. The diachronic pandemic: the past informs the present and prepares the future.

The starting point for the cartography of the fragile spaces of the city of Barcelona will therefore be the initial recognition of these three layers or areas of work. The planned methodology (given below) will tackle these spaces based on their characterisation using scientific data and the visual record of lived experiences.

As a result, the project proposes creating a map, an alternative cartography of the pandemic in the city of Barcelona that can be superimposed upon the map of the conventional city, allowing both images to be compared. We understand that this map is linked to the deployment of links that contain life stories, witnesses, photos and data that are not usually used in the objective cartographic system and that can complete it and make it legible. Some of the characteristics of this map of the city of Barcelona that we want to achieve are:

– The cartography of the city must be able to show events and practices of space that are not included within the statistical data (or that complement and explain them).
– It has to provide a clear system for locating the most vulnerable spaces.
– Within the city as a whole, the map would have to extract the most vulnerable sectors and establish different scales of representation in order to precisely define the complexity that specifically makes these sectors more vulnerable.
– We wish to establish a system of layers that can provide visibility to unpredictable, ephemeral experiences and to alternative routes and unexpected itineraries, and that can be compared with other events that are detected.
– We wish to establish links to representations of private imaginaries and others that are shared by different social groups.
– We wish to establish links to specific life stories and cognitive maps that can reveal a qualitative sense of the most concrete life experiences that we have to incorporate.
– We wish to establish links in photographic images that record specific points of reality that have been captured on the map.
In relation to these links, the project will make a compilation of unique cases of the situations observed, based on witnesses, images, photos and the graphic analysis of the spaces studied. In summary, it is about highlighting the most hidden fragility and placing it within the space, thereby coming up with answers to better understand the possible incidence of spaces of these realities that are now considered secondary.

Methodologically speaking, the project analyses space as an object of the recognition of urban fragility. We demonstrate the proposal’s relationship with the themes indicated: mainly Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective societies as well as the theme of Sustainability and Urban Planning (adaptation of the territory and housing. Architectural environments).