Some Urban/City titles now open access from the Ohio State UP [links provided]

The Press very gratefully acknowledges The Ohio State University Libraries for funding and overseeing the digitization of these titles.

Titles currently available on-line are [only Urban/City titles listed below]:

Aaron, Daniel Cincinnati: Queen City of the West, 1819–1838
Beja, Morris and David Norris, eds. Joyce in the Hibernian Metropolis: Essays
Blackford, Mansel G. The Lost Dream: Businessmen and City Planning on the Pacific Coast, 1890–1920
Bright, Michael Cities Built to Music: Aesthetic Theories of the Victorian Gothic Revival
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Color is Politics

Dr. Stephen Luis Vilaseca

“The phenomenological approach to space and the lived body reveals the two to be inseparable.” – Félix Guattari, “Space and Corporeity”

For French thinker and activist Félix Guattari (1930-1992), the built environment and the body are components of the self that exist parallel to one another. Buildings form who we are just as we constitute constructed space. Change to one will elicit an alteration in the other. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the case of Tirana, Albania. Edi Rama, mayor of Tirana from 2000 to 2011, used color as a political tool for social transformation. He literally painted the town in order to inspire a renewed sense of belonging. In the video for Ted Talks, Rama explains that a French EU official rushed to block the financing for the painting because the colors did not meet European standards. Rama threatened to hold a press conference denouncing the EU…

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Pavement to Parks: Plazas & Public Space

Urban Choreography

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The San Francisco Parklet Manual is a comprehensive overview of the goals, policies, process, procedures and guidelines for creating a parklet in San Francisco. The Manual also serves as a resource for those outside of San Francisco working to establish parklet programs in their own cities.

Applicants and designers in San Francisco are strongly encouraged to read the Parklet Manual in its entirety when they are first thinking about proposing a parklet, and to refer to it often throughout the process. Understanding what the program is trying to achieve and the process and regulations for a successful parklet may reduce the time it takes to receive a permit, and will likely result in a superior parklet design.

Download: Download the full Parklet Manual

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Judith Butler, Dispossession

For Another Critique of the Pyramid

Stuart Elden’s blog (Progressive Geographies) features a description of Judith Butler’s forthcoming book Dispossession. The book apparently continues in the direction of Butler’s Arendtian reflections on protest in public space (cf. “Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street“), and on demonstrations as “passages, when the legitimacy of a regime is called into question, but when no new regime has yet come to take its place.” Also note that Derek Gregory recently posted some relevant videos on his blog, here.

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