Putting Urban Planning on the Couch: review forum on Westin’s The Paradoxes of Planning


Public Art and the Urban Experience

The Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Dean Saitta
July 15, 2015

The Biennial of the Americas kicks off this week in Denver. The Biennial was launched in 2010 by then Denver mayor (now Colorado governor) John Hickenlooper as a grand forum for talking about politics, education, business, the arts, and other subjects of interest to citizens. This year’s Biennial theme is NOW!.  It’s billed as an analysis of the present in light of the history that got us here and our plans for going forward. The three main organizing topics are Leadership, Business Trends, and Infrastructure. Several of these topics will be considered by a special panel of mayors (Denver’s Michael Hancock, Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi, and former Bogotá mayor Antanas Mockus) who will address “The Return of the City-State.” These civic leaders will discuss how cities are operating on the frontlines of many contemporary global challenges including growth, security, and trade.

As usual, many artists from…

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Maps, Kettles and Inflatable Cobblestones: The Art of Playful Disruption in the City

Sam Hind

Back in February I posted an article I wrote for Novara Wire on protest mapping. In it I mentioned I had a forthcoming article in a themed issue of Media Fields on ‘Spaces of Protest’. Since I mentioned it the issue still isn’t live. Until that time I’ve decided to upload the pre-publication author copy to my ‘selected publications’ page. If anyone is so kind as to reference it please do so as: ‘S. Hind (forthcoming, 2015)‘. I’ll post a link to the entire theme issue when it goes live – hopefully sometime soon. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the other contributions.

In short the paper is on ‘the art of playful disruption’, and attempts to draw some connections between Situationism and recent playful, urban protest events involving ‘maps, kettles and inflatable cobblestones’. I argue that these are ‘urban embodiments of jouissance, playful articulations of…

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Two videos from AGI’s Future Cities Conference

Reblogged; original circulated by Doug Specht on URB-GEOG-FORUM:

On the 9th July I was fortunate enough to Chair the AGI’s Future Cities Conference in London. Although smaller than other AGI events, due in no small part to the tube strike, the event fostered some highly original ideas and interesting conversations. There were a great deal of inspiring and challenging discussions and presentations which I believe will aid us in driving forwards with the strategic optimism required to create amazing future cities.

All the talks are available on the AGI website for their members, but I have made my welcome address, summary and closing remarks available to all on YouTube for your interest.

Welcome address, or, ‘The age of strategic optimism’:

Summary and Closing remarks, or,  ‘The dystopian narrative and future cities’:

Dig the City / Carrot City / Urban Agriculture

Reblogged from Michael Hardman, Univ. of Salford, UK:

Dig the City is the largest urban gardening festival in the UK (see attached flyer). Amongst the show gardens, talks and other events, the University of Salford will be bringing Carrot City, the international exhibition on urban agriculture, to the festival. It is only the second time the exhibition will have appeared in the UK after a highly successful stint in Birmingham in 2012; this time it will be positioned in the Manchester Cathedral in the heart of the city centre (for more information see www.carrotcity.org and http://www.digthecity.co.uk/event/carrot-city/).

Dig the City 2015

Marxism and urban culture: A review



“Marxism and Urban Culture”, Benjamin Fraser, editor. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014. Xvii + 253pp

Reviewed by Jan Blommaert

Since late March 2015, the Antwerp Grand Place offers a remarkable sight to the thousands of tourists passing to admire the city hall and the monumental fountain in front of it: dozens of Individual citizens stand there seemingly alone, several meters separating each from the other. They carry no slogans or banners, rarely even emblems of parties or organizations. There is no shouting or chanting, no fists in the air. Some are quietly reading a book, others chat with bystanders or plainclothes police officers. For this is a protest action called “the upstanding citizen”. It started as an individual initiative after an unauthorized sit-in there, protesting against racist remarks by the Antwerp Mayor, resulted in the mass arrest of over 200 people and the prohibition of follow-up protests. The City’s rules only allow…

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Six months. Two wheels. 50 GPS doodles.

Sketchbook of a GPS Artist

Since I started pedalling my art on the streets of Victoria on the first day of 2015, I’ve amassed a portfolio of 50 GPS doodles – 34 pictures, 11 bike-writing messages and five creations that comprise a combination of both. Click on the poster below to see 31 of my favourites…plus the one that started it all!

Below the poster, I’ve included the link to each featured GPS doodle and its accompanying write-up.

GPSdoodles.com Garmin GPS Strava art by Stephen Lund in Victoria BC street art urban art GPS=tracking art 32 of the 50 GPS doodles Stephen Lund has created since January 1, 2015, using his bicycle, his Garmin Edge 800, tens of thousands of calories and a whole lot of creative energy




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