Path to the Possible

From the folks at ROAR, who are always quite sanguine on the indignados, but nevertheless some good information here on how the 15M movement has decentralized into the neighborhoods and has galvanized the neighborhood asambleas.

The neighborhood associations, which appeared in Madrid in the late sixties, had gradually moderated their demands and plunged into a light sleep. The 15-M movement has reawakened local politics and boosted community-based mobilization: we are witnessing how old and new forms of neighborhood organization are coexisting, coordinating and mutually learning from one another.

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I believe the conversation about open-access versus non-open access will continue for some time now, good points are raised about academic privilege (tenure)–yet although I support open access in principle, I’m wary of the problems it creates in practice… still thinking it over, and there are many potential benefits that come with recognized publishers…

Progressive Geographies

Graham Harman has an interesting series of posts on self-publishing articles (or open-access publishing). Initial thoughts here; a second-thought here; and a response and his thoughts on that. Part of this is, as he acknowledges, the security that being a full-professor gives.

I agree with the general sentiment and parts of this – and, in part, this is due to my own career position. With some publications I just don’t see the benefit in publishing behind a paywall – book reviews are the most obvious example, but commentaries are another. We have moved all single book reviews to the Society and Space open site, for instance, and are trying to get more commentaries up there too. The readership for these is much greater than in the print journal. The last couple of book reviews I’ve written have been for open access sites.

I’m not so sure…

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Angela McRobbie Feb. 2012 Lecture

Angela McRobbie starts this city-centered lecture with a bang, discussing what are in my mind two interconnected problems 1) how researchers have been relatively unconcerned with the thing/object and 2) how in researching her 1998 book on fashion those interviewed were relatively uninterested in the fact that creative producers are also workers…. Still watching…

Carabanchel Housing (Madrid)

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dosmasuno arquitectos – Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro and Lina Toro

I saw these photos on seattleinspired but wanted to seek out more information. The site archdaily had some data and architectural-speak–stating that “places need to express their own personality, to arise naturally, to construct themselves. And concretely this one is aligned against a green area, against the concatenation of public spaces that link the old Carabanchel district with its forest through the new neighborhood.” But where is the social angle? How does the development fit into the social fabric (and not merely the geometrical and abstract city)?

Can we imagine the “heavy from Carabanchel” character played by Santiago Segura in the cult film El día de la bestia [The Day of the Beast] (by director Álex de la Iglesia, 1995) growing up in these dwellings that are now called “machines for living”…

The search for more information continues… (I did find another project by the architects at Colmenar Viejo scheduled for 2013…)

Stuart Dunn

I am here in a very hot and sunny Indianapolis trying to figure out what is meant by deep mapping, with an NEH Summer Institute at UIPUI hosted by the Polis Center here. There follows a very high-level attempt to synthesize some thoughts from the first week.

Deep mapping – we think, although we’ll all probably have changed our minds by next Friday, if not well before  – is about representing (or, as I am increasingly preferring to think, remediating) the things that Ordnance Survey would, quite rightly, run a perfectly projected and triangulated mile from mapping at all. Fuzziness. Experience. Emotion. What it means to move through a landscape at a particular time in a particular way. Or, as Ingold might say, to negotiate a taskscape. Communicating these things meaningfully as stories or arguments. There has been lots of fascinating back and forth about this all week, although –…

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Greek Left Review

David Harvey Lecture The Political Concequences of the Capitalist Crisis: Neo-Liberalism against democracy.
Tuesday 26 June 2012 at 20:00pm at Tsamadou 10 Echarcheia.Organised by The Poulantzas Institute, The Rednotebook and Enthemata-Augi Newspaper.

Urban Revolution: An Interview with David Harvey (Part 1)

David Harvey is one of the world’s leading Marxist theorists. He discussed the themes from his new book, Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to Urban Revolution, with NLP co-editors John Brissenden and Ed Lewis.

Originally posted at New Left Project

John: Would you say there’s a central argument to Rebel Cities, or is it more by way of bringing a range of arguments together?

David: I think it’s a bit of both. If there is a central argument, it’s really chapter 2 (‘The Urban Roots of Capitalist Crises’) and chapter 5 (‘Reclaiming the City for Anticapitalist Struggle’), chapter 2 essentially being about the…

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Special issue of Journal of Urban Affairs (free access to introduction)

Journal of Urban Affairs
Special Issue on the Creative Underclass
from the Journal of Urban Affairs 
The Creative Underclass: Culture, Subculture, and Urban Renewal
George Morgan and Xuefei Ren
Pushing The Urban Frontier: Temporary Uses Of Space, City Marketing, and The Creative City Discourse In 2000s Berlin
Claire Colomb
In Between Social Engineering and Continue reading