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Monica Degan
PhD Student
University of Lancaster, UK.

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Preamble

These three pictures were taken during my fieldwork in el Raval, the former red-light district of Barcelona, Spain. My project aimed to analyse the transformations produced by a major urban regeneration scheme in the sensuous geography of el Raval's public places and life. The data collection was based on being a 'participant pedestrian' in these neighbourhoods: taking part in its daily activities, interviewing the different users of place and using the camera to capture the changing atmosphere of the place.

For me these pictures capture the destruction of a lived history sensuously ingrained in the landscape of el Raval.

The first picture illustrates the traditional balconies that frame many of el Raval's old streets. Balconies play an important social role in el Raval as they serve as threshold spaces between public and private.