manelsubirats

My name is Manel Subirats (@msubirats in social media profiles)  and I am very excited to announced that I will be the curator of @CatalanVoices this week (from Monday 14th August to Sunday 20th August). Indeed, it’s a pleasure to participate on Catalan Voices.

I am a professional freelance photographer and an editor. I am also part of the @descobreixcatalunya community on Instagram that shares a collection of both amateur and professional photography of Catalonia. My relation with Instagram is similar of an old promised. From the beginning Instagram has occupied a place on my cell phone, but little by little the passion that unites me to it has been growing.

Beside my professional background, my personal interests are diverse, like travel, social media and obviously make videos and taking pictures of landscapes and cities around of the world and then post articles and photos of these travels in my media profiles.

As a curator of Catalan Voices I will be tweeting about my passions: Catalonia, social media, photography and travels, as well as my daily life. You can also visit my blog www.ikuday.cat to know more of me.

AntoniaFolguera

Hi, I’m Antònia Folguera and I’m thrilled to be this week’s @catalanvoices curator.

I’m from a small village called Rosselló, 9 kilometers away from Lleida, where I was born, a city in the far west of Catalonia. I live and work in Barcelona though, and I consider myself a citizen of the internet, where you will find me in many platforms (twitter included) under the @bzzzbip name.

I have various jobs because I like to keep things interesting, but most of the time I work at Sónar+D, Sónar festival’s creative technologies conference, where I’m one of the curators and part of the communication team.

I also collaborate with @ovalsound and @reactable, two amazing music technology companies from Barcelona and the music label @disboot. I co-organize Dorkbot Barcelona, the community of “people doing strange things with electricity”, and I have a kind of irregular radio show at Frission Radio based on the female:pressure network, a community of women in electronic music (djs, producers…) and digital arts (visualists, coders, makers…)

I’m a music nerd and I’ve been called many times “a human Last.fm or a living karaoke” so it’s very likely that I share a lot of music, mostly electronic though from time to time I may have a Sinatra moment.

I’m possibly the worst dj in the world, but that doesn’t stop people from inviting me to play music in diverse festivals and events. My speciality are abandoned factories, gardens, churches, occupied convents and other unusual places, I try to play music that fits the space, the time and the mood and that challenges people’s ears.

You can listen to some of my mixes in my Mixcloud and Soundcloud accounts and browse what i buy at Bandcamp (my favorite place for music discovery)

Beware: during my CatalanVoices curation period I’m on holidays at my village, so along with music there might be many pictures of cats, rural landscapes and some occasional tractor (I love tractors). I love computers too, so tweets about digital culture, code, programming languages, algorave, software and computational randomness might be frequent too.

scarnato

When I was studying architecture in Florence, Italy (the city where I grew up) Barcelona was a place where we were mentally going everyday. Every book, every magazine, every lecture had something to show about this city.

No surprise that when I finally visited the Catalan capital, after many others european trips, I’ve had the immediate feeling that this place was already very familiar and it could end up being home to me. And that’s what’s happened when I finished my studies. For a few years I’ve been going back and forth between Florence and Barcelona and eventually I’ve moved here, where I’m settled both personally and professionally.

As a free lance architect I now mostly work in projects of rehabilitation and public space and sometime I also participate in urban planning. Sustainability, function, technological and social awareness, respect towards cultural and urban heritage, and irony are essential points in my idea of architecture as a dynamic service rather than a mere artistic expression.

I do all these things either on my own or with some of the amazing people I’ve had the change to meet, and Barcelona is a perfect place to run my activity the way I like. Some of my projects can be seen in my web (http://www.blast.es/projects/) even if should update it more often!

I also teach in the local School of Architecture, where I’ve got my PhD, and I write papers and articles. My main field of research is the urban identity and its links with the material structure of the city. My main subject of research in the last five years has been the relation between city, tourism and architecture (above all the heritage) in Barcelona. My book “Barcelona Supermodelo” (http://comanegra.com/esp/barcelona/371-barcelona-supermodelo.html) has won the City of Barcelona Prize in 2016.

After living in five different house in five different areas, I am now settled in the newest “barri” of all: Diagonal Mar-Fòrum. Nevertheless, my working place is in the very core of the city, in Barri Gòtic, so I can say I can have a complete experience of Barcelona in my day-by-day. In the Catalan capital I’ve also got married to a wonderful Iranian lady and I participate as much as I can in the local cultural and social life with my friends, both locals and internationals.

I thank all the extraordinary curators that @catalanvoices has had before me and I wish to be able to keep their amazing level.

My name is Alessandro Scarnato but everybody calls me “Ale”.

Raimon-Escapa

Hi,

My name is Raimon Escapa and I love travelling by bicycle. I am now in Patagonia, but in 2013 I started a round the world trip that has taken me through more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. I have ridden about 55.000 kilometers and I plan to cross the Atlantic ocean very soon to pedal from South Africa back home to Catalonia.

I have a professional background in journalism and online communication; that’s how I economically sustain my trip (stopping now and then to work for a few months) and that’s how I document it in my personal website: www.bicicletaimanta.cat

May the wind be on your back,

Raimon

Pau Ruiz

Dear everyone,

My name is Pau (@pauruizguix) and I am delighted to be this week’s curator of @CatalanVoices. I am 19 and I was born in Figueres, mostly known for giving birth to one of the most exceptional artists on earth: Salvador Dalí. The region itself is no less extraordinary than the surrealist, l’Empordà combining nature, culture, history, gastronomy and wine making it a perfect tourist destination for citizens all around the world.

Following the love I feel for my land, I have been working at the Roses Tourist Board (@visitroses) welcoming visitors from all around the globe, sharing my passion for the area, its culture, history, giving pieces of advice and insights. However, and apart from its positive attributes, the region also has its difficulties. I have always been convinced that we, as organized individuals, can, and have to, bring positive change to our environment. This understanding of social change is what made me have a lot of preoccupations and ambitions, which I tried to mitigate and pursue through the construction of different initiatives: the first, the first delegation of Xarxa de Convivencia (@XdC_associacio), to ensure social cohesion and promote tolerance on the multicultural environment that defines l’Empordà and Figueres; the second, Debat Municipal (@debatmunicipal), to promote citizen engagement, participatory democracy, transparency and open government in the area.

Indeed, a different perspective of the working experience in a Tourist Board also defines my personality. It gives me the opportunity to dig into the field I want to become a professional in (the international community) by entering into contact with different cultures, languages, ways of thinking and envisioning reality. To pursue my ambitious objective of understanding how the world works, and what dynamisms determine its behaviour and evolution, I started studying Global Studies, an innovative degree (first promotion) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. It combines history, communication, law, politics, international relations and economics in a will to give us the necessary tools to not only interpret reality, but also to be active actors of change.

Both initiatives I conducted a few years ago, as well as the studies I am pursuing, have shaped my broader dream as an individual: loving locality should not be against defending globality. I see a world in which we as humans are all united, and we have the possibility to defend our interests as a whole in participatory processes at the international level. I am truly committed to defending human rights and environmental protection in every corner of the world, fighting racism and defending multiculturality (hybridity), fighting fake news and defending the right to truthful information, fighting hate and embracing love, ensuring every voice is heard, wealth distributed and all standards of living raised. I believe in a sustainable, better future: and I believe the first path towards it is education, social consciousness and empowerment to demand (advocacy) and create (policy) better policies to regulate the globe. This is my fight. What is yours?

I am thrilled to be able to share some of my experiences, thoughts and visions of the world and l’Empordà for everyone wanting to hear them these days, as well as hearing from everybody that has something to say about it,

With love,

Pau.

Daniel

I am a linguist, English language consultant, trainer, teacher trainer, and founder of English Talks – a series of talks which takes place in a different country every year. I moved to Barcelona at the end of 2015 from Ireland (a half-a-year stay in Brazil in-between). My second book (Chips and Sausage: A Guide to Ireland and Her Wonders) will be published after the summer.

Contact:

Twitter: @DanielZuchowsky

Email: danzuchowski@gmail.com

DavidDelgado

Hello everybody!

My name is David Delgado Vendrell (@daviddelven in social media profiles) and I’m very excited to be curator #224 of @catalanvoices for the week of July 3rd to 9th.

I was born in a wine region called Penedes, near Barcelona and I’m a 39 years old. I’m currently living in Subirats, vineyard’s capital of Catalonia. What an awesome place to live!

I am the son of an Andalusian father and a Catalan mother, an amazing couple of gastronomic and creative entrepreneurs ( Cal Matías ) , restless and highly empathic people, from whom I’ve learned all the essentials. I grew up as an only child in a countryside environment in Gelida (Penedès), providing me with a deep love for nature and local lifestyle.

I studied Architecture, which in my country has a double master’s degree: architectural design and engineering. This feature brings to our work a vast real scope, including structural and facilities knowledge, in addition to basic architectural discipline.

I create my own business in 2004, after the graduation. Since then I’ve been working successfully in DDV Arquitectura, which I dedicate passionately a high percentage of my lifetime. My company services are focused on the use of BIM (Building Information Modelling), especially with openBIM processes, implementing the value this methodology brings to new construction and refurbishment projects, in addition to B2B consultancy technological services.

I love human communication, whether analogue or digital, which I continually enhance its development, especially the second one. I’m obsessed about technological progress and I am in love with proactive people. Thus, I share my local lifestyle with a cosmopolitan concern, which I find both offline and online, in my country or abroad.

My usual activity in my professional environment flows as a proactive member of Catalonia’s BIM Users Group (GuBIMCat) and buildingSMART Spanish Chapter (BSSCh) and its representative on buildingSMART International User Group (IUG) , where building open standards become its main discussion focus. As a result of these intensive tasks, I collaborate with initiatives such as “Comissió Construïm el Futur” (CCF) sponsored by ITeC and the Commission of the Spanish National BIM Strategy (es.BIM), in Catalonia and Spain scopes, respectively. I am also involved as board member of FEGP (Gran Penedès Business Federation) where I share knowledge with other local entrepreneurs, rewardingly far from my own discipline.

My insatiable curiosity, the passion for my job, my networking and communication skills become my best values to keep developing my career in AECOO industry, and as a result returning this value to this society that has allowed me to develop myself as a person, and that I would like you to discover.