Pastel (Francisco Diaz). Buenos Aires, Argentina. Graffiti Artist

Frankie Beane

His day job is architect. His OTHER job is urban artist. He is based out of Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires born ). He sometimes goes by Pastelfd (the fd is for  Francisco Diaz–his day name.).

On to his images:

2013>Living Walls, Atlanta Georgia, USA:


2014>Besançon, France:


2015> Barrio Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina:


2015> “Idealism of Aboriginal Ngarluma”Chinatown, Perth, Western Australia, Australia:



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Favelas: The “Real” Modernity in Latin America?

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All countries that constitute Latin America are developing countries; approximately 124 million of Latin American urban inhabitants live in poverty. The south-continent has always been characterized by the concentration of population in a few cities. However, nowadays the megacities of the subcontinent (Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, among others) concentrate only 14 per cent of the urban population; while more than a half of urban inhabitants live in “secondary metropolis”. In Latin America there are approximately 55 cities with a population that ranges from 1 to 5 million of inhabitants. Hence, one may ask: Is this urban structure “modern”?

According to Marshall Berman, the modern life is a combination of different processes like scientific and technological advances; the industrialized production; urban growth; mass communication systems; the state and its bureaucracy; social movements; and the capitalist market. These processes are called “modernization”; the group of values and ideas that…

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Foucault’s Heterotopia and Benjamin’s Arcade Project – a discussion by Peter Johnson

Progressive Geographies

Paris-arcades-220x300Heterotopia and Benjamin’s Arcade Project” – a discussion by Peter Johnson at Heterotopian Studies.

I have been asked whether I think there is any productive link between heterotopia and Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project. I went back to Benjamin’s inspirational book and offer the following initial thoughts. For those unfamiliar with Benjamin’s work, I provide a very brief outline before addressing some similarities and differences between the two. Page references are to the 1999 translation (see below).

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