Le Corbusier was ‘militant fascist’, two new books on French architect claim – Telegraph

Originally posted on Civism and Cities:

France’s best-known 20th century architect, Le Corbusier, was a “militant fascist” who was far more anti-Semitic and a fan of Hitler than previously thought, two new books reveal.

The unsettling disclosures about the links of one of the world’s most famous modern architects to France’s wartime collaborationist Vichy regime have been released just ahead of a major Paris exhibition of his work.

It has long been known that Le Corbusier, famed for his revolutionary concrete creations, including a housing project in Marseille called La Cité Radieuse, had some ties to France’s collaborationist regime under Field Marshal Philippe Pétain.

But the latest, far more damning, revelations have shocked admirers and threaten to cast a shadow over commemorations of the 50th anniversary of his death.

Paris’s Pompidou Centre, which is to open a three-month long exhibition dedicated to Le Corbusier on April 29th, faces allegations of totally failing to mention the controversy.

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Announcing [on 14-Apr-2015] International Competition “Planetary Urbanism” [due date July 1 / July 15]

Announcing:
International Competition “Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design”
The competition is intended for Designers from the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, graphic, product and media design, statistics, cartography, photography, film and the visual arts as well as for Scientists from the fields of art and cultural theory, art education, information and communication sciences, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and geosciences.
On the basis of empirical material, of data and facts, visualisations should be developed that cast light on the current problems of the urbanisation process. The presentation should thereby look behind the facts and should visually display spatial and temporal circumstances and trace the forces driving their development.
The competition entries will be published by the organisers and exhibited in the context of the UN-Habitat III Conference 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
Please find here further information such as the Competition Outline in English and the Competition Poster:
http://www.archplus.net/home/planetaryurbanism/

Registration: until July 1st
Submission Deadline: July 15th

Further, we invite you to share our Facebook-Link for the competition:

AAG 2015 session on Urban Cultural Studies in Chicago 4/22

AAG Interactive Short Paper Session:

Session Description: The Urban Cultural Studies session features innovative research that connects urban geography and cultural studies in order to better understand the culture(s) of cities. The interactive short papers will explore aspects of urban studies through humanities texts such as literature, film, graphic novels, music, art, graffiti, videogames and other textual forms of culture. This session is linked to the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies with Intellect publishers and its accompanying blog and podcast series at urbanculturalstudies.wordpress.com.

2669 Urban Cultural Studies is scheduled on Wednesday, 4/22/2015, from 5:20 PM – 7:00 PM in Randolph, Hyatt, East Tower, Ped Path

Organizer(s):
Stephen Luis Vilaseca – Northern Illinois University
Araceli Masterson-Algar

Chair(s):
Stephen Luis Vilaseca – Northern Illinois University

Abstract(s):

5:20 PM   Author(s): *Benjamin Fraser – East Carolina University

Abstract Title: Urban Cultural Studies as Interdisciplinary Field in the Lefebvrian Mode

5:25 PM   Author(s): *Stephen Luis Vilaseca, Associate Professor of Spanish – Northern Illinois University

Abstract Title: Mapping the Marginalized in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain

5:30 PM   Author(s): *Steven Spalding – United States Naval Academy

Abstract Title: From Wheel to Reel: Documenting the Mobile French City in 1920s & 1930s

5:35 PM   Author(s): *Matthew D. Lamb, PhD – Penn State University

Abstract Title: PARTY CITY: Architecture, Well-being, and Cities as Adult Playgrounds

5:40 PM   Author(s): *Thomas Heise, Assistant Professor – Ryerson University

Abstract Title: The Geography of Crime Fiction

5:45 PM   Author(s): *RICHARD JOHN WILLIAMS, Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures – University of Edinburgh

Abstract Title: Urban Ruins And Urban Citizens

5:50 PM   Author(s): *Araceli Masterson-Algar – Augustana College

Abstract Title: Urban Cultural Studies as an approach to human mobility

5:55 PM   Author(s): *Ghayde Ghraowi – University of Texas – Austin

Abstract Title: As Tenses Implode: Encountering Post-Traumatic Urbanism in Ghassan Kanafani’s “?A?id ila Hayfa”

6:00 PM   Author(s): *Briana Meier, MURP, AICP – University of Oregon

Abstract Title: Posthumanist subjectivity and informal urbanism

Discussion to follow after all short papers have been delivered.

More Thought on the GeoHumanities

Originally posted on Varve:

Space, Place and the Triumph of the Humanities.

Over this academic year the annual theme of the Humanities Center fellowship program has been Space and Place. As a geographer displaced to History and International Affairs here at Northeastern it has been a delight to be involved in an interdisciplinary discussion of these themes that I believe are so important to life in the 21st Century. Our conversations have criss-crossed the humanities and social sciences in ways which point towards the richness of an emerging inter-disciplinary field known as GeoHumanities. The rise of GeoHumanities has been prompted by recent emerging techniques in Digital Humanities and various forms of Geo coding and mapping. It was these developments that led the eminent Professor of English, Stanley Fish to declare, possibly a little prematurely, “The Triumph of the Humanities” in a New York Times op ed piece back in 2011. He…

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Urban counter-hegemonies for transforming Madrid 1/2

Originally posted on My Desiring-Machines:

A few weeks ago I bookmarked/shared this post…I finally had time to read it and do a quick translation and will do my best to get to the second half soon.

Urban counter-hegemonies for transforming Madrid
Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago (March 8, 2015)
My translation of the original Spanish

Two weeks ago we participated in an event organized by the Right to the City Circle of Podemos that, under the rubric of Reboot Madrid, served as a space of debate to encourage ideas in alliance with Ganemos and Podemos, the formations that – currently and under the name ‘Ahora Madrid’ (Madrid Now) – converged in a joint bid of the popular front in the next elections to the City Council of Madrid. The discussion in the forum on urbanism (there were three more, on local democracy, urban economics, and rights and social inclusion) was animated, with an audience primarily made up of…

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