JUCS full speed ahead

Just a quick note explaining all the reblogs recently, the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is well underway and we’re hoping to finalize content for the first issue in the coming months. Thanks to all who have submitted and reviewed so far. Volume 1 issue 1 should be in production for a while appearing at the end of 2013 if all goes according to plan. Submissions are rolling/continuous, so pass the word! As we get closer I hope to reveal the list of content here for those interested.

Social Network Unionism

GlobalSquare is a series of online and physical meetings and assemblies whose participants and organisers are individuals linked to the 15M, Occupy, student movements, Yo Soy 132, T’harrek, Idle No More, VIA22 as well as other grassroots and horizontal movements. Our objective is to prepare a lively open space for physical contact and exchange during the World Social Forum (WSF) which will take place from 26-30 March 2013 in Tunis. Read more…

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An acre can be an opened or a close surface, or something in between. The squares around the eastern flank of the Cathedral of Santiago are the result of a set of circunstances: a complex natural slope, the previous presence of a cemetery, the presence of monastic buildings… This makes for a set of spaces enclosed by strong institutions, which have grown in power throught time with a magnificent architecture, whose expresion has sometimes been baroque, and in other moments quite austere, with new proposals in the interiors like the fine project by BMJ for Casa da Conga.

In Berlin, on the other side, the combined surface of both Spanish squares is covered by … well, a square slab, supported on eight steel columns (the building has a larger basement, but it is scarcely visible from the outside, its presence resting on the upper part). The building, by the…

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Edinburgh Strikes Back

My Foreign Policy article ‘Scotch This Plan’ (see link at the end of this post) caused quite a fuss in the UK media this week – you might like to read it, as it’s about more than local questions. A few caveats: (1) it’s a polemic, so don’t expect balance; (2) likewise, it’s not based on a piece of  academic research; (3) FP were responsible for the headline and subheader, so it appears to emphasise the independence question more than it actually does; (4) despite all these things, the response was overwhelmingly positive at the local level. The city council (city hall) objected, needless to say, but they were in a minority. The broader questions concern how cities with historic legacies imagine their futures. On the narrower question of Edinburgh’s waterfront, there’s scope for a PhD thesis at least.

Here’s the article: