A LIBRARY OF URBAN CULTURE
Fifteen years of active urban culture. Fifteen
years recording the city's history as it was being made. Barcelona.
Metròpolis Mediterrània was launched in 1985 in
the midst of the ebullience of the preparations for the Olympic
Games, at a time when Barcelona was re-inventing itself with the
legitimate aim of becoming one of the capitals of Southern Europe.
The pages of this magazine have been a showcase for all that has
happened in our city since then, the initiatives, projects, debates,
cultural and artistic production, history and heritage, creators,
town planning and architecture, the world of communication, and
so on. B.MM has been used as source material for innumerable doctoral
theses and requested by European and American libraries and universities,
and has made a name for itself and established a reputation for
quality in the somewhat limited world of Catalan cultural publications.
Today, B.MM is entering a new phase and renewing itself once again
in response to the demands of communication in the times in which
The magazine was created at the initiative of
a government with the express aim of providing a public service
and covering a void left by private enterprise. Now, the issues
of B.MM published to date, numbering over fifty, together constitute
a highly useful source of information on Barcelona, also available
via the Internet (www.
B.MM is one of the standard publications for
information on the subject of Barcelona. It was created with an
urban focus and the aim of dealing with and promoting a city culture.
In achieving this aim, we have been assisted by contributions
from leading specialists. Oriol Bohigas, Juli Capella, Maria Aurèlia
Capmany, Lluís Permanyer, Daniel Giralt-Miracle, Josep
M. Carandell, Àlex Roch, Jaume Vidal, Enric Franch and
Véronique Brom have all been regular contributors to the
magazine, which has also published articles by such prestigious
authors as José Luis Guarner, Jack Lang, José Martí
Gómez, Salvador Pániker, Sempronio, Joan Brossa,
Norman Foster, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Néstor
Luján, Paco Candel, Carme Riera, Feliu Formosa, Romà
Gubern, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Perico Pastor, Enric Miralles,
Josep Ramoneda, Esther Tusquets and Félix de Azúa,
among others. In short, a list of over 550 contributors during
the magazine's first phase alone. (...)
A source for documentation, an instrument for reflection and a
forum for debate: the rethinking of the magazine, whose phase
three begins with the first issue of 2001, has been dominated
by this triad. Our intention is that the articles published in
B.MM should be more analytical than in the past, with greater
emphasis on material issues and factual reporting, and with anecdotal
or ephemeral aspects reduced, where appropriate, to a minimum.
We wish to produce a magazine that is more for reading than for
looking at. We will focus greater attention on monographs, which
will account for one third of each issue, and in addition to the
regular issues of the magazine we will publish two thematic supplements
each year. In order to achieve its goal of becoming a library
of urban culture, then, B.MM will add new sections and nuances
that we trust will make it more interesting for everyone and,
above and beyond news events and circumstantial civic references,
an indispensable periodical for new readers and opinion groups.