Andy Merrifield: Europe’s New Urban Question

Originally posted on Paulo Jorge Vieira:

On September 9, 2015 at the University of Kentucky, esteemed writer, social theorist, and urban geographer Andy Merrifield, professor at the University of Cambridge and author of The New Urban Question, presented the kickoff lecture for A Year of Europe.

Andy Merrifield is a Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge and the author of numerous books including Magical Marxism (Pluto, 2011) and The Wisdom of Donkeys (Short Books,2009).

(from Pluto Press Blog)

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Monocle 24 radio – The Urbanist show

Originally posted on urbanus vulgaris:


This is great stuff: radio station with the show about the cities for everybody who love cities, want to live in cities, move out of cities or just want to listen to smth that even might be interesting ;)

Highly recommend to listen!

P.s. they have more interesting shows, check them out

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Critical perspectives for examining urbanization and sustainability in China

Originally posted on UGEC Viewpoints:

Peilei Fan
Michigan State University, USA

The rapid urbanization of China is an event unparalleled in human history.  Fueled by a near-continuous rural-to-urban migration, the country’s urban population has leaped from a mere 18% in 1978 to 54% in 2013.  The effects of this process are evident in a variety of ways; for example: satellite images of the Earth at night have revealed the intense increase in the illumination of China, indicating the fervent expansion of urban built-up areas.  Traveling through the country exposes one to the uninterrupted urban/suburban landscapes of the many urban agglomeration clusters, such as the Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai-Nanjing-Hangzhou), the Pearl River Delta (Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong), and the Bohai Sea Region (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei). Remote sensing images reveal the alarming rate at which agricultural land is being subsumed by this wave of growth.

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Hunger Strike in Buenos Aires Demands Urbanization of the City’s Poorest Villas

Originally posted on Taylor Dolven:

(Published by Latino Rebels)

April 23, 2014

BUENOS AIRES—Neighbors and activists from Buenos Aires’ poorest villas (neighborhoods) began a hunger strike Monday in a giant tent situated around the city’s obelisk at the intersection of two main avenues. The organizing group, la Corriente Villera Independiente (CVI), is demanding their neighborhoods be urbanized by the city government.


A declaration by the CVI states, “A villera tent for the city government’s failure to respond. Hunger strike for urbanization. We demand: the declaration of a housing, socio-environmental and socio-educative emergency in the villas, enforcement of the urbanization laws and construction in the neighborhoods, authorization for work cooperatives, rent regulations, housing subsidies. No more crime against the poor.” (Villero/a is a loaded slang term used to describe anything that has to do with the poor neighborhoods.)

The group began to set up the tent at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Villa 31 resident Dora…

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On Territory, Architecture and the Urban

Originally posted on MACHINES OF URBANIZATION:

Boucquet Plan for a Frontier camp Henri Boucquet, Plan for Frontier Camp (1765)

(Introduction for a seminar given at the Architectural Association in Diploma 14’s ongoing research on The Architecture of Territory, 16 November 2015Thanks to Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria Giudicci for the invitation)

Clearly there is something about the way questions present themselves to us today, and the issues that they carry, that refer us more and more to territory. Questions of resources, extraction and logistics draw our attention to it, as does the ‘scaling up’ thesis of prominent Marxian urban geographies. And of course, much more pressing questions brought about by climate change, contemporary warfare, migration and so on, all force us to consider posing questions at larger scales. In many cases, however, the fixation on territory is a kind of placeholder for other things: landscape, nature, ecology, an area of land, a prescribed ‘zone’ of activity, or a realm in which…

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“Failed Architecture”

Originally posted on Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life:

Check out “Failed Architecture” for a number of interesting articles on urban failure.

“Failed Architecture (FA) is a research platform that aims to open up new perspectives on urban failure – from what it’s perceived to be, what’s actually happening and how it’s represented to the public…We find it crucial to examine architecture not just from an architectural discourse. Since architecture is a product of the political, economic and social conditions of its time, it should be scrutinized as such.

Observing and living in a time of crises, speculations, vacancy, mega developments and the inflation of the architectural profession, we are often astonished by what is happening to our built environment – both physically and ‘behind the scenes’. Simultaneously, the best visited online architectural media are preoccupied with the eye candy produced by architects, without being critical about current or future developments. We feel that there is a demand for…

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