Two Perspectives on the Baltimore Riots

Deterritorial Investigations

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Brian Holmes, via Nettime:

As I recall, the finest hour of the American collectivity was the civil rights movement back in the ’60s. As I recall, we got a president today who was elected in honor of that movement. As I recall, the finest hour of the American collectivity involved huge riots, cities in flames, national guard on the streets. As I recall, everyone in America is duty bound by law to recall how fine was that hour. As I recall, some bastards who behave exactly like the military on foreign soil just broke an innocent man’s neck because they didn’t like the way he looked. As I recall, that does not exactly fit with our finest ideals.

Who knows where this thing is gonna go? Please remember that the rebellions of Detroit and Newark in ’67, and just about everywhere in ’68, were followed by the most extreme right-wing repression we have ever known in this country. And that was…

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Hospital in Esbjerg – Arkitema Architects

Arkitektur & Design

A new hospital in Esbjerg designed by Arkitema Architects. I like the exterior shutters which makes a nice, warm contrast to the glass and the white facade. I also like all the interior wood which creates a warm and caring atmosphere, just what´s needed in a hospital.

Images from and read more here: Ny sengebygning Sydvestjysk Sygehus, Esbjerg.

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Getting a grip on the vacant housing problem (plus: urban geology!)

David Wachsmuth

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A new City of Vancouver proposal to start addressing the city’s scourge of speculation-driven housing vacancy is in the news. The municipal government wants to comprehensively identify vacant houses throughout the city, building on important work being done by the grassroots group Beautiful Empty Homes but leveraging governmental data (namely from BC Hydro) that the public doesn’t have access to.

I spoke to a number of news outlets about the proposal yesterday, starting with the Vancouver Sun, which focused on the spectre of xenophobia in discussions of Vancouver’s expensive property market. As I argued, though, the major issue here isn’t whether it’s foreigners buying houses or other Canadians, it’s that Vancouver’s housing market isn’t strongly connected to the local economy, and speculators buying properties but not living in them just makes that problem worse:

“The problem in Vancouver is that demand for housing doesn’t have that…

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Le Corbusier was ‘militant fascist’, two new books on French architect claim – Telegraph

Civism and Cities

France’s best-known 20th century architect, Le Corbusier, was a “militant fascist” who was far more anti-Semitic and a fan of Hitler than previously thought, two new books reveal.

The unsettling disclosures about the links of one of the world’s most famous modern architects to France’s wartime collaborationist Vichy regime have been released just ahead of a major Paris exhibition of his work.

It has long been known that Le Corbusier, famed for his revolutionary concrete creations, including a housing project in Marseille called La Cité Radieuse, had some ties to France’s collaborationist regime under Field Marshal Philippe Pétain.

But the latest, far more damning, revelations have shocked admirers and threaten to cast a shadow over commemorations of the 50th anniversary of his death.

Paris’s Pompidou Centre, which is to open a three-month long exhibition dedicated to Le Corbusier on April 29th, faces allegations of totally failing to mention the controversy.

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Announcing [on 14-Apr-2015] International Competition “Planetary Urbanism” [due date July 1 / July 15]

Announcing:
International Competition “Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present in the Medium of Information Design”
The competition is intended for Designers from the fields of architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, graphic, product and media design, statistics, cartography, photography, film and the visual arts as well as for Scientists from the fields of art and cultural theory, art education, information and communication sciences, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and geosciences.
On the basis of empirical material, of data and facts, visualisations should be developed that cast light on the current problems of the urbanisation process. The presentation should thereby look behind the facts and should visually display spatial and temporal circumstances and trace the forces driving their development.
The competition entries will be published by the organisers and exhibited in the context of the UN-Habitat III Conference 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
Please find here further information such as the Competition Outline in English and the Competition Poster:
http://www.archplus.net/home/planetaryurbanism/

Registration: until July 1st
Submission Deadline: July 15th

Further, we invite you to share our Facebook-Link for the competition:

AAG 2015 session on Urban Cultural Studies in Chicago 4/22

AAG Interactive Short Paper Session:

Session Description: The Urban Cultural Studies session features innovative research that connects urban geography and cultural studies in order to better understand the culture(s) of cities. The interactive short papers will explore aspects of urban studies through humanities texts such as literature, film, graphic novels, music, art, graffiti, videogames and other textual forms of culture. This session is linked to the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies with Intellect publishers and its accompanying blog and podcast series at urbanculturalstudies.wordpress.com.

2669 Urban Cultural Studies is scheduled on Wednesday, 4/22/2015, from 5:20 PM – 7:00 PM in Randolph, Hyatt, East Tower, Ped Path

Organizer(s):
Stephen Luis Vilaseca – Northern Illinois University
Araceli Masterson-Algar

Chair(s):
Stephen Luis Vilaseca – Northern Illinois University

Abstract(s):

5:20 PM   Author(s): *Benjamin Fraser – East Carolina University

Abstract Title: Urban Cultural Studies as Interdisciplinary Field in the Lefebvrian Mode

5:25 PM   Author(s): *Stephen Luis Vilaseca, Associate Professor of Spanish – Northern Illinois University

Abstract Title: Mapping the Marginalized in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain

5:30 PM   Author(s): *Steven Spalding – United States Naval Academy

Abstract Title: From Wheel to Reel: Documenting the Mobile French City in 1920s & 1930s

5:35 PM   Author(s): *Matthew D. Lamb, PhD – Penn State University

Abstract Title: PARTY CITY: Architecture, Well-being, and Cities as Adult Playgrounds

5:40 PM   Author(s): *Thomas Heise, Assistant Professor – Ryerson University

Abstract Title: The Geography of Crime Fiction

5:45 PM   Author(s): *RICHARD JOHN WILLIAMS, Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures – University of Edinburgh

Abstract Title: Urban Ruins And Urban Citizens

5:50 PM   Author(s): *Araceli Masterson-Algar – Augustana College

Abstract Title: Urban Cultural Studies as an approach to human mobility

5:55 PM   Author(s): *Ghayde Ghraowi – University of Texas – Austin

Abstract Title: As Tenses Implode: Encountering Post-Traumatic Urbanism in Ghassan Kanafani’s “?A?id ila Hayfa”

6:00 PM   Author(s): *Briana Meier, MURP, AICP – University of Oregon

Abstract Title: Posthumanist subjectivity and informal urbanism

Discussion to follow after all short papers have been delivered.