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 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

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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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Shepard Fairey | Artist, Activist, & Founder of Obey Clothing


Short-form article on Shepard Fairey’s recent iinstallations in Charleston SC (2014) to be published in issue 1.3 of Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (written by Charleston-based geographer Mark Long). Keep an eye out…

Originally posted on Proof Of Passion:

Shepard Fairey

by Victoria Herrera

From Andre to Obama, Shepard Fairey’s work definitely sticks in the minds of this generation- with no wheat paste necessary. STATUS talks to the founder of OBEY GIANT, and dives deeper into what his art is all about.

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Talk with Eleonora Fabião in Lisbon

Originally posted on Steps towards an urban speech:


A very different perspective of understanding the city. This time though the human body and the experience making of walking and coexist on the urban milieu. This artist and teacher would instroduce the basics of her research and explain different points and achivements obtained during her different performances in different cities of the world.

In this meeting I will tell stories of actions that I perform in the streets of different towns since 2008 Examples:. “Shares Cariocas” (or Fortalezenses Shares, the Berliners, the Bogotanas the Pretenses River), the “Series Slums”, the “spots “, the trilogy “Almost Nothing, Everything Always “or project” Linha”.

I propose to talk about creating body and city, one through the other, through performative acts. I propose we think about the performative act aimed at the emancipation of the body and the city as a body -both in mutual education process.

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Modes of Operation

Originally posted on alchemy of the public realm:

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GIS Data can be a powerful tool when analyses are formed from series of maps.  For instance, studying rental vs ownership status against the density of the city and different racial groups, it is clear that there are less open spaces in the most heavily renter occupied parts of the city and these areas are have more variety of ethnicities than anywhere else in the city. When this conclusion is compared with say income status, or age, or occupation, it may be possible to form hypotheses to understand how and why this is the current situation, and what its implications may be. How can the manipulation of mapping be used to better understand urban phenomena and draw conclusions from large data sets? How can color, 3d, transparencies, and layering of different maps more clearly exploit their inferences?

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In a world of guesses and assumptions, real…

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