Originally posted on territoreality:

One of my favorite Yi-Fu Tuan quotes:

I was only fifteen when I chose geography as my field. Twelve years later, in 1957, I received my doctoral degree. So ended my long period of formal training. Ever since, I have not only taught and done research in geography but I have breathed and lived it. How was (is) that possible? How can geography, a rather down-to-earth subject, have such a hold on me, offer me ‘salvation’ when, from time to time, my personal life seemed to be the pits? I couldn’t have answered properly as a teenager or even as a newly-minted PhD. I can give a well-rounded answer only late in life — in retrospect, for the meaning of geography has expanded over a lifetime. It grew as I grew.

 

– Yi-Fu Tuan (1999)

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Everyday utopias and dystopias

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

Two new titles are reviewed on the Open Site:

cooperFirst is Davina Cooper’s new book  Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spacesreviewed by Gerda Roelvink (Duke University Press, 2014).

srvrutil_getImgSecond is Pnina Motzafi-Haller’s In the Cement Boxes: Mizrahi Women in the Israeli Periphery, reviewed by Michal Braier. This book was published in Hebrew in 2012 by The Hebrew University Magnes Press.

A review of Michael Gardiner’s Weak Messianism: Essays in Everyday Utopianism by Davina Cooper is available here.

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DORTMUND LECTURES ON CIVIC ART: New Civic Art. 2014.

Originally posted on Civism and Cities:

Christoph Mäckler & Wolfgang Sonne

Formed to enliven the debate on contemporary urban development, the German Institute for Civic Art examines urban development history from architectural, planning, economic and sociological perspectives. This volume, with full English translation, documents the fourth Dortmund Lectures on Urban Design 2011, featuring British and American experts who presented recent findings and new concepts from universities and planning institutions in the field of urban construction. Norman Garrick US addresses the New Urbanism movement in a German context; Harald Bodenschatz GR considers transportation and place-making in postmodern communities; Ben Bolgar UK asks what can be borrowed from the development patterns of historic Britain for contemporary sustainability; Sergio Porta UK considers excessively bureaucratic developments in planning codes; Matthew Carmona UK takes a delightfully eccentric approach to the intersection of climate science; and Michael Hebbert UK looks at plot sizes as a scaled approach to development.July 2014 / Softcover8…

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Let’s have a look at the Copenhagenize Index for Bicycle Friendly Cities

Originally posted on World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities:

Copenhagenize Index byble freinldy cities 2013In the context of our search for creating a method for reliably and usefully benchmarking the sustainable transport performance of cities around the world – see http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/benchmarking/ for first background – we would like to address our readers’ attention to the Copenhagenize Index for Bicycle Friendly Cities. In this short article you will find background information and reference on how they carry it out, as well as links to their results and conclusions.

We intend to continue to seek out and report on important benchmarking projects that can help us in our own thinking and efforts to create a more general approach to understanding city performance in the face of the tough challenges of sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives. In addition to performance indicators for city cycling we are inventorying the state of the art  in such areas as walking, public transport performance, parking, car restraint, mobility for specific underserved…

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Virtual issue – Class, Politics, and Representation

Originally posted on AntipodeFoundation.org:

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On Wednesday 27th August, Queen Mary University of London’s Gareth Stedman Jones and Jane Wills will discuss their work on class, politics and representation in London from the 19th to 21st century, exploring the similarities and differences between now and then. The 2014 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture will take place between 16:50 and 18:30 (session 4) in the Ondaatje Theatre; it will be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by our publisher, Wiley.

Outcast_LondonA Professor of the History of Ideas, Gareth’s recently re-published Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society examines representations of the city produced by politicians, religious leaders, novelists and social investigators looking at the uncertainty and volatility of working class lives subject to the vagaries of the world economy, and explores their relation to charitable institutions and the nascent welfare state.

global_citiesA Professor of Human Geography, Jane’s research on labour politics, in-work poverty…

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