My new life in Barcelona. Coworking and more... by Irene Candido from Italy
On some occasions I found myself speaking four languages at the same time, with a schizophrenic switch. The other night, in the franticness of a discussion of this kind with a group of people, a Finnish boy exclaimed: "That’s a Babylon!" Cosmopolitanism is added to the bilingualism, and, as a chemical reaction of the clash of these different crazy cultural particles, creativity seems to explode. Even the walls of the houses look to be affected by this explosion. I remembered only the mad and incredible Casa Battlò, with the rippling Pedrera, among the buildings that seem to rebel against the canonical straight line a wall is supposed to follow. Walking around, I got to see other examples of modernism in stunning Passeig St. Joan and Calle Valencia: looking at those houses that seem to melt and pour over our heads is difficult to believe that they aren’t fluid. Barcelona is anything but static nature and balance. It seems to me the more and more in those days that movement precisely is the real skeleton of this amazing city. The world of coworking that I just had access looks to reflect perfectly the spirit of Barcelona. Variety, cosmopolitanism, creativity are key words here. Before arriving to Gracia Work Center, I had never heard of coworking. The positivity of this work system is perceivable already by the pleasant sound of the word: the prefix co seems to ease the severity of the word working. Coworking means “working together”. These are spaces that can accommodate freelancers and startups that otherwise would work on their own and that can instead benefit from the synergies that are created in an environment of collaboration and sharing. Getting informed, exploring this subterranean universe, I could see that it’s really a new way of looking at work, a revolutionary way, which is gradually emerging in our cities. The impression I had the first time I set foot in this coworking center has been to a cheerful and relaxed place: with its green walls, writings on the walls, the friendliness of the coworkers, Gracia Work Center is far from the canonical grayness of an office. It's my first day of a training period that looks to be very promising and everything around me gives me even now, a great desire to do.