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map of memory...memory of map    Cities are monsters that change constantly. New pieces of land are needed to feed them. Lately, many sorrounding farms and fields have disappeared in order to benefit this growth. Josu Tellabide and Asier Agirresarobe collect buildings that have been sacrified by the growth of Donostia in "101 bazter Donostiako". This city, in its process of expansion, has made several of the farms and open land disappear and transform. Unfortunately, when we use the word corner, it is not an innocent use. That corner, the outskirts of a city were once a different area, a piece of landscape that farmers cultivated for their needs. However, we don't want to highlight just the idilic-folkloric side of the story. The same thing happens with the industrial periphery. In that growth, not only does agriculture disappear, but the industrial surroundings are destroyed as well, so that those of us who live in the highest levels in Europe can maintain a decent life.

The value of maps is imposed by daily life. Maps are useful as long as they adapt to reality. In this book, we focus on maps of the past. We concentrate on farms, city plazas, and other buildings located in these maps because they are about to disappear or because they have a place in people's memory. Our memory crafts the geography of words, customs and people throughout those farms, cider cellars, factories and forgotten buildings.
The goal is not to preserve everything in ancient times. It is clear that we have to acknowledge that roads, landscapes, things and people have to disappear. When we talk about this, nostalgia plays an imortant role. However, we think it is very important and necessary to keep the maps of the past in mind. This is why we are grateful for "101 bazter Donostiako".