Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics & the Making of Modern Venezuela

Originally posted on Deterritorial Investigations Unit:

“In the mid-1950s, Venezuela’s military government razed a massive slum settlement in the heart of Carácas and replaced it with what was at the time one of Latin America’s largest public housing projects. When the dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez was overthrown on January 23, 1958, however, thousands of people rushed to occupy the uninhabited portions of the project, taking it over and renaming the resulting neighborhood for the date of the fall of the regime: the 23 de Enero. The neighborhood that emerged stood at the geographic and in some cases political center of Venezuela’s transition to democracy over the decades that followed. This unruly, often contradictory transition is detailed by Alejandro Velasco, Assistant Professor at the Gallatin School at New York University. The book traces how the residents of the 23 de Enero came to fashion an expansive understanding of democracy–both radical and electoral–from the late 1950s to the…

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[new book] Digital Cities: The Interdisciplinary Future of the Urban Geo-Humanities (2015)


A mid-length Palgrave Pivot book being released here.

‘Making a strong case for interdisciplinary layering as a way to represent the many layers – physical, social, aesthetic – of the city, Fraser’s visionary book is as much a meditation on the future of the digital humanities itself as it is on the city as an object of humanistic inquiry. He cogently charts a course for how humanists will employ thick mapping as a way to practice the digital humanities.’ [–David J. Staley, Associate Professor of History and Adjunct Associate Professor of Design, Director of the Goldberg Center at The Ohio State University, USA]

Digital Cities stakes claim to an interdisciplinary terrain where the humanities and social sciences combine with digital methods. Part I: Layers of the Interdisciplinary City converts a century of urban thinking into concise insights destined for digital application. Part II: Disciplinary/Digital Debates and the Urban Phenomenon delves into the bumpy history and uneven present landscape of interdisciplinary collaboration as they relate to digital urban projects. Part III: Toward a Theory of Digital Cities harnesses Henri Lefebvre’s capacious urban thinking and articulation of urban ‘levels’ to showcase where ‘deep maps’ and ‘thick mapping’ might take us. Benjamin Fraser argues that while disciplinary frictions still condition the potential of digital projects, the nature of the urban phenomenon pushes us toward an interdisciplinary and digital future where the primacy of cities is assured.


1. What is the City?
2. Art and the Urban Experience

3. The Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Digital Sciences
4. What is Urban Totality?

5. What are Digital Cities?
6. Thick Mapping as Urban Metaphor

Epilogue: Bridged Cities (A Calvino-esque Tale)

Performative Histori-city, Part II/III

Originally posted on PAUST:

Author: Aliki Kylika

This text discusses the importance of collective memory within public space. The notion of ‘performative space’ is introduced, as one that evokes memory and emotion and provides ground for action or contains profound traces of past action. It is argued that radical art practices and performances in urban space contribute importantly to the preservation of the collective spirit and identity of space.
It has been previously published in the student journal ‘Jaws’ June 2013 issue #2 pp.82-89.

“We can understand how we recapture the past only by understanding how it is, in effect, preserved by our physical surroundings. It is to space – the space we occupy, traverse, have continual access to, or can at any time reconstruct in thought and imagination – that we must turn our attention. Our thought must focus on it if this or that category of remembrances is to reappear. […]the image…

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US Artist Kyle Holbrook Hits London

Originally posted on London Calling Blog:

Last week London was treated to a visit from Pittsburgh born, Miami based, Street Artist Kyle Holbrook, who laid some three works, with two around the East End and one in Camden Town. All three works are laid out in Kyle Holbrook’s distinctive purple, white and yellow colour scheme and painted entirely by brush.


The first work from Kyle Holbrook, laid out at a Paint Jam put on by Hidden Streets Of London in Paradise Row 2 weekends back. The scene painted by Kyle Holbrook is superb in choice, choosing to paint the Paint Jam around him.


Kyle Holbrook’s second London work, this time laid on in Camden Town with support from The Real Art of Street Art. On this occasion going with a piece inspired by the manufactured influences in people’s lives today.








Kyle Holbrook’s final addition to London’s streets, this time as part of a collaboration with Himbad…

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“I find it soothing, the thought of a movie theater”*…

Originally posted on (Roughly) Daily:

Saubine Haubitz and Stefanie Zoche are intrepid photographers of thought-provoking things.  Here, they discuss their series on movie theaters in India…

In three journeys between 2010 and 2013 we have photographed movie theatres from the ‘Thirties to the ‘Seventies in South India. The photos of these buildings give eloquent testimony to the rich cinematic culture of those times. We are particularly interested in the culturally influenced reinterpretation of modern building style apparent in the architectural style, which displays an unusual mixture of Modernism, local architectural elements, a strong use of colour and, in the case of some older cinema halls, of Art Deco…

Many movie theatres in South India are left in their original state. Nonetheless, remodelling into multiplex cinemas is already underway, in particular in major cities, and will result in these buildings’ disappearance as witnesses to their times. The photographs document a part of cinema culture that has…

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Pastel (Francisco Diaz). Buenos Aires, Argentina. Graffiti Artist

Originally posted on Frankie Beane:

His day job is architect. His OTHER job is urban artist. He is based out of Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires born ). He sometimes goes by Pastelfd (the fd is for  Francisco Diaz–his day name.).

On to his images:

2013>Living Walls, Atlanta Georgia, USA:


2014>Besançon, France:


2015> Barrio Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina:


2015> “Idealism of Aboriginal Ngarluma”Chinatown, Perth, Western Australia, Australia:



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Favelas: The “Real” Modernity in Latin America?

Originally posted on {FAVEL issues}:


All countries that constitute Latin America are developing countries; approximately 124 million of Latin American urban inhabitants live in poverty. The south-continent has always been characterized by the concentration of population in a few cities. However, nowadays the megacities of the subcontinent (Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, among others) concentrate only 14 per cent of the urban population; while more than a half of urban inhabitants live in “secondary metropolis”. In Latin America there are approximately 55 cities with a population that ranges from 1 to 5 million of inhabitants. Hence, one may ask: Is this urban structure “modern”?

According to Marshall Berman, the modern life is a combination of different processes like scientific and technological advances; the industrialized production; urban growth; mass communication systems; the state and its bureaucracy; social movements; and the capitalist market. These processes are called “modernization”; the group of values and ideas that…

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