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A thousand Reasons for a workspace

Raons Públiques (Public Reasons, in Catalan) has started renovating a workspace in Poble Sec, Barcelona. With your collaboration we can finish creating an inviting and functional space, to continue defending the rights of citizens to decide what our cities are like.

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Can the city become a social justice tool, a redistributor of wealth, an agent that fights against inequality?

We, Raons Públiques, are a group of people who believe that yes, they can, that our cities could be built in another way, that they should be designed by and for citizens, those who use it and suffer it every day. However, public space is often conceived from centers of power, designed to subject the population to the rules of the driving force of the 21st century: the markets. Only a society aware of its rights, organised and militant, can retrieve for itself the space of coexistence that was hijacked by private interests. Only through permanent demands, critical involvement and active participation can citizens influence in the conception and design of their own habitat.


With this philosophy, Raons Públiques develops projects that involve citizens in the design of their common spaces, such as streets, squares or school patios. We are anthropologists, designers, architects and sociologists who take on that necessary job (which we love) of being mediators between the city technicians and the neighbors.

In the three years that we have been working we have researched different ways of involving the people in the problems and urban situations in their immediate surroundings. We have built imaginary cities out of paper in Plaça Catalunya, we have toured towns with a cart that instead of ice cream was full of neighborhood claims, we have been “neighbourhood detectives” with the kids in Fort Pienc, built a giant slide with parents, teachers and students at a school, and drawn and re-drawn the cities along with their inhabitants.

In other words, we conduct processes of partnership that raise awareness of urban planning issues, using tools of citizen participation: communication, group discussion, workshops, group techniques and games.


In January, we rented a studio space on Concordia Street, in the Poble Sec neighborhood of Barcelona. We are refurbishing it with few resources but lots of excitement. This will allow us to become part of the day-to-day life of associations and expressions of protest within the neighborhood, and at the same time make our experience in urban issues available to all its inhabitants to jointly defend the right to the city.

Our intention is for the space to become a point of reference for the neighborhood where residents can organize lectures, presentations, debates and other events that promote critical citizenship.


We have been doing construction work for about three months, designing and building with our own hands, on a very tight budget, recycling and recovering as much as we can.

At the moment, the false ceilings have disappeared to reveal a Catalan vault ceiling; the recycled wood has been converted into windows and doors; and what was a small, grey bathroom is becoming an attractive corner of the patio. We have left some exposed brick walls, and are recovering part of the decorative wallpaper that was removed.

With what we raise with your collaboration, we will be able to cover a cold and dangerous floor with a wooden one which will be warmer and safer, hopefully sparing Montse from another fall (see video)! We also need to update the electrical wiring and plumbing, as the building is old and damaged. We want to reconfigure the entrance, offering up some of our space to expand the sidewalk, and to generate a cozy transitional space where the sun shines in the morning. Here we look forward to inviting neighbors to have some tea while sitting on the bench that we will soon be building.


  • January-February: move in and participatory design for the transformation of the workspace.

  • March: first phase of construction.

  • April: Verkami crowdfunding project launch, construction continues.

  • May: completion of the project, participation in Doors Open Creative Workshops Poble Sec from May 10-12.

  • June: open house for the space at the end of June with delicious hors d'oeuvres (Verkami sponsors will be warmly invited!).

  • June-July: production and distribution of thank you gifts to the generous sponsors who have supported the project.


Counting on your support will not only allow us to finish the construction work to share this new space with the neighborhood of Poble Sec, but it will allow us to get to know each other, and who knows, maybe someday collaborate or support each other in some activity. We thank you in advance for your interest, and we look forward to meeting you with open doors (if we get to finish them), at 30 Concordia Street, Poble Sec, in Barcelona.

Contact us by e-mail at the following address: [email protected]

Or at our various virtual spaces:

web: www.raonspubliques.org

facebook: facebook.com/raons.publiques

twitter: @raonspubliques


We would like to thank Xusifilms for directing and producing our video. Thank you so much, Xusi!


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#05 / mil dies a Concòrdia 30

Sembla que va ser ahir que vam començar, però ja es van acabar els 40 dies que teníem per a aconseguir finançament per al nostre projecte.

Gràcies a la vostra col·laboració, el vostre suport i la il·lusió compartida, hem obtingut una mica més dels 4000 euros que necessitávem.

Ara podrem per fi completar la obra i compartir amb vosaltres "mil dies" a Concòrdia 30!

Parece que empezamos ayer, pero ya se acabaron los 40 días que teníamos para conseguir financiación para nuestro proyecto.

Gracias a vuestra colaboración, vuestro apoyo e ilusión compartida, hemos conseguido algo más de los 4000 euros que necesitábamos.

Ahora podremos por fin completar la obra y compartir con vosotros "mil días" en Concòrdia 30!

#04 / gràcies

ho hem aconseguit!

Moltes gràcies a tots els que ens heu donat suport, els que creieu en nosaltres i els que compartiu la nostra il·lusió en aquest projecte anomenat Raons Públiques.

Encara ens queda una setmana més fins que s'acabi, aprofitem i fem l'últim esforç per veure si podem recaptar prou per posar uns bons vidres a la porta!

lo hemos conseguido!

Muchas gracias a todos los que nos habéis apoyado, los que creéis en nosotros y los que compartís nuestra ilusión en este proyecto llamado Raons Públiques.

Aún nos queda una semana más hasta que se acabe el plazo, aprovechemos y hagamos el último esfuerzo para ver si podemos recaudar lo suficiente para poner unos buenos vidrios en la puerta!

#03 / Papers de colors

Amb aquests papers recuperats de les parets del local farem els llums i llibretes amb què us agrairem la vostra col · laboració i suport ...

Con estos papeles recuperados de las paredes del local haremos las lámparas y libretas con las que os agradeceremos vuestra colaboración y apoyo...

#02 / Tallers Oberts

Aquest cap de setmana (10, 11 i 12 de maig) es celebren els "Tallers Oberts" a Poble Sec. Hi hauràn activitats al carrer, com ara concerts, dinars populars i actuacions musicals.

Tot i que encara no tenim l'obra acabada, volem aprofitar aquesta oportunitat per obrir les nostres portes al barri i que els veïns puguin conèixer el que estem fent.

A mès a mès, el divendres a les 20h inaugurem l'exposiciò "Fent històries de carrer", sobre la història del Carrer de la Concòrdia. Us hi esperem!

Este fin de semana (10, 11 y 12 de mayo) se celebran los "Tallers Oberts" en Poble Sec. Habrán actividades en la calle, como conciertos, comidas populares y actuaciones musicales.

Aunque todavía no tenemos la obra terminada, queremos aprovechar esta oportunidad para abrir nuestras puertas al barrio y que los vecinos puedan conocer lo que estamos haciendo.

Además, el viernes… read more

#01 / Benvinguts

...i moltes gràcies a tots el que haveu col.laborat fins ara!

sovint us donarem més "Raons per un local"...


y muchas gracias a todos los que habéis colaborado hasta ahroa!

pronto os daremos más "Razones para un local"...

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