Urban Revolution Now: Henri Lefebvre in Social Research and Architecture – now published

Progressive Geographies

Urban Revolution Now: Henri Lefebvre in Social Research and Architecture. Edited by  Łukasz Stanek, Christian Schmid and Ákos Moravánszky, it includes contributions by many leading Lefebvre and urban scholars.

9781409442936.PPC_Layout 1When Henri Lefebvre published The Urban Revolution in 1970, he sketched a research itinerary on the emerging tendency towards planetary urbanization. Today, when this tendency has become reality, Lefebvre’s ideas on everyday life, production of space, rhythmanalysis and the right to the city are indispensable for the understanding of urbanization processes at every scale of social practice. This volume is the first to develop Lefebvre’s concepts in social research and architecture by focusing on urban conjunctures in Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dhaka, Hong Kong, London, New Orleans, Nowa Huta, Paris, Toronto, São Paulo, Sarajevo, as well as in Mexico and Switzerland. With contributions by historians and theorists of architecture and urbanism, geographers, sociologists, political and cultural scientists, Urban Revolution…

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Wanted: More (and Better) Discourse on Designing Diverse Communities

The Urban Sustainability Laboratory

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Scientists have proved that the way our brains are wired plays into how we engage with the physical spaces around us. But so, surely, do our life experiences—where we come from, and our cultural values make a difference in how we perceive space and utilize it.
That’s certainly what James Rojas believes. In his 20-year career as a city and transportation planner, Rojas has seen members of local Latino communities across the U.S.—particularly immigrants—carry over ideas about public space uses from the countries they’ve left behind. He’s become a prominent proponent of what he calls Latino Urbanism, the idea that including more Latino ideas and voices in design processes is key to planning more inclusive urban and suburban communities.

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Aula Medica – Wingårdhs

Arkitektur & Design

Yesterday I attended the Architecturegala arranged by the Swedish Association of Architects. It was placed in one of the more spectacular buildings here in Stockholm, Aula Medica, designed by Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor. The facade is made of triangular glass in four different colors and is leaning in one direction.

The most surprising was the wooden interior, which I did´t expect looking at the facade. The aula is a very nice room, with with the light wood and discreet yellow and orange-brown color, makes it a very elegant room.

The gala presented many interesting speakers such as Manuelle Gautrand, Christer Larsson and many more. Inspiring day!

 Photographer: Tord-Rikard Söderström

Photographer: Patrik Lindell

Read more: Aula Medica / Wingårdhs | ArchDaily.

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UCS 011 Schifani on Junk, Sprawl and Horizontal Networks in Buenos Aires

UCS 011 Schifani on Junk, Sprawl and Horizontal Networks in Buenos Aires (24 Nov. 2014)

Conversational interview inspired by scholar Allison Schifani’s article “Alternative Sprawls, Junkcities: Buenos Aires Libre and Horizontal Urban Epistemologies,” published in the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (1.3, 2014). Based on interviews and research conducted in Buenos Aires in 2012, topics include political activism, the links between technology, society and urban sprawl and design, Buenos Aires Libre (BAL), Once Libre, the urban theory of Certeau and the junk-labor of the recyclable materials collectors known as the cartoneros. [LINK TO ORIGINAL PUBLISHER]

Review of Drucker, Graphesis

Ex Libris

Review: Johanna Drucker, Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (metaLABprojects; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014).

Johanna Drucker’s Graphesis, at first glance, seems to be a straightforward history of data visualizations. The vast majority of the book is devoted to tracing the histories of various kinds of information visualization, such as tree graphs, maps, bar charts, and the like. Scores of illustrations accompany this discussion, making the book a fine introduction to the history of information visualization. Behind the historical aspect of the book, however, lies the assertion—actually Drucker’s main thesis—that humanists have fundamentally misunderstood what data is and what visualizations can represent.

The book opens with a foreword defining some of Drucker’s key terms (including graphesis, to which I will return shortly). The first three chapters (“Image, Interpretation, and Interface,” “Windows,” and “Interpreting Visualization :: Visualizing Interpretation”) set forth the history of the graphical forms that lie…

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UCS 010 Feinberg on Theater, Labor and La Tabacalera in Madrid

UCS 010 Feinberg on Theater, Labor and La Tabacalera in Lavapiés, Madrid

Conversational interview inspired by scholar Matt Feinberg’s article “From cigarreras to indignados: Spectacles of scale in the CSA La Tabacalera of Lavapiés, Madrid,” published in the International Journal of Iberian Studies (26.1-2, 2013). Approached simultaneously at the urban, regional and national scales, topics include the interconnection between economy, labor, protest, culture, and selling urban space. Discussions also fold in notions of produced authenticity centering on the figure of the tobacco-rolling cigarrera, zarzuelas, and tourism during the Franco dictatorship.  [LINK TO ORIGINAL PUBLISHER]

The Travelling Scholar Always Returns to HSS

Helsinki Summer School Blog

Giacomo Bottà is a xenophile who lives and teaches in France, Finland and Germany. Since 2008 he has been coordinating the Helsinki Summer School’s popular course on urban studies.

“I enjoy the atmosphere of the three weeks: it’s nice to work with such a big intercultural group and see the dynamics which are created, you can experiment a lot with group works and so on”, Giacomo explains. Furthermore, on a HSS course the teacher gets to know the students much better than on a regular course as the curriculum is very intensive: “The students are not wasting their time here, the course is about welfare so it is about egalitarianism, it’s about fair practices, about city making, housing and education. These are all cases that people can bring back to countries where such issues are not so obvious to all.”

Giacomo can come up with many good experiences he has…

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Investigating Covent Garden

Digital Tools for the 21st Century: Sherlock Holmes's London

For this project I chose to look closely at Covent Garden which is a district in London that is mentioned in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When Mr. Henry Baker approaches Holmes about the advertisement for the missing hat, he provides Holmes with valuable information for further investigation of the missing blue carbuncle that leads him to Covent Garden. Below is a screenshot of the area as seen on Victorian Google Maps:

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After navigating all of the various digital archives to further research Covent Garden, I found the Charles Booth Online Archive and the British History archive to be particularly useful.   The other archives were either difficult to navigate or did not offer information that I found interesting enough to connect with the story. The Historical Eye archive failed to incorporate a type of search feature which would have been helpful in my research…

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