Vancouver Matters



I just finished reading Vancouver Matters a  book  in which artists, architects, and urban planners presents the city of Vancouver through a variety of uncharacteristic urban elements as a “counterpoint to the highly calculated and constructed mythologies of the city.” As a relatively new comer to the West Coast, there have been a number of unique urban elements that I have observed that are particular to Vancouver. Many of these urban features may seem banal and might not even  been “seen” by residents but they add to and define the West Coast landscape.

Many of the chapters examine material elements within Vancouver that are ubiquitous to its landscape and explores the different ways of looking at the city by reframing these elements and allowing the “specificity of the material condition to inform a particular” engagement  with Vancouver. Each chapter  reveals a hidden feature and are as follows: Andesite, Blackberry, Freeway…

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Favela Painting Project

Favela painting project

In 2006, the Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn started deaveloping the idea of creating community-driven art interventions in Brazil. Their efforts yielded two murals which were painted in Vila Cruzeiro, Rio’s most notorious slum, in collaboration with local youth. The artworks received worldwide coverage and have become points of pride in the community and throughout Rio.

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A Populous Place

A Case Study of India!

With over 1.2 billion people, India is the second most populous country and the largest democracy in the world (the United States has about 315 million).  India is the 7th largest country by area.  India has more than 27 cities with populations in excess of one million (2001), yet nearly 70% of the Indian population is rural.  India possesses a large, ethnically, linguistically, and religiously diverse population with numerous dense urban centers.

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Social Justice and the City – CFP for Hong Kong Conference

Progressive Geographies

Call for Papers: An International Conference on Social Justice and the City

Organised by Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University, on 4th – 6th December, 2013

at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

In Memory of Neil Smith, Who Had Devoted His Life to Social Justice

The Objective

Since the publication of David Harvey’s seminal work Social Justice and the City in 1973, discussion about social justice has grown into a burgeoning literature. There has been research to query procedural justice in various forms and for different classes. Research has also been carried out to operationalise the more philosophical debates about justice, with Henri Lefebvre’s concept of the right to the city being the prominent case in point. Finally, there is a growing literature addressing the interrogation of social justice from the spatial perspective such as Mustafa Dikeç’s spatial dialectics of injustice. All these discussions are so relevant to…

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