Classification Territories and Arts of Resistance in the Urban Space

Originally posted on PAUST:

Author: Aliki Kylika

By 2050 65-75% of the world population will live in cities.[1] As more people are gathered in the urban centres, the urban borders are infinitely expanded transforming the shape of the cities and of the surrounding countryside. In this expansion people are the absolute necessity for the city’s viability, but despite this fact they are not necessarily participant in the design of the urban space. A number of surveys and workshops are claiming to take into consideration the wishes of the local residents in the process of redeveloping each area, but the jargon, the phrasing and the structuring of these surveys raise questions on how much of their content is grasped. The whole process of extracting conclusions from such classification surveys is highly questionable, as it seems that they can easily be manipulated towards the speculations of local authorities and financial investors.

The viability of each urban…

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Housing and the right to the city

Originally posted on rs21:

The right to the city is just as important as the right to housing, argues Ruth Lorimer

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of the rs21 magazine.

Birmingham city skyline

Housing is one of those everyday issues that don’t seem that ‘political’ until they come under attack. Pretty much everyone now agrees there is a housing crisis in the UK, especially in London where rents and house prices are soaring, and people on low incomes are being forced to move further and further from the city centre. Private renters are being ripped off by landlords, homeowners are being scammed by mortgage lenders and public housing tenants are being hit with privatisation, rent rises and (for some) the bedroom tax.

So it’s quite right, and reassuring, that many campaigns have sprung up recently in defence of affordable housing for working class people. But we don’t just live in houses – most…

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City Walker or a flaneur

Originally posted on anna kulczycka illustration:

city walker collage

I have had this fascination for some time with city walks, flaneurs, as they are also known as…most notably Charles Baudelaire described the figure, and in the 20th century Walter Benjamin has written extensively on the subject. Will Self is another figure that pops to mind, and his walks are somehow even more unusual – from walking to Heathrow airport to walking around CERN in Switzerland as his recent BBC radio series demonstrates.

Somehow splashes of colour have creeped into my work, and I have to admit that it is a bit of a relief to see too much bleakness disappear from my life…

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Inside the Digital Humanities: Digital Mapping

Originally posted on HUM.anidades _ DIGI.tais:

As it was described in the last post, Digital Humanities is, in short terms, much more than computational processing data. It is about designing new ways of scholarship, with infinite potentialities and always open to new possibilities and new worlds.

From now on, lets talk about some ramifications inside the Digital Humanities. The topic of today will be Digital Mapping!

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Failure in planning OR failure of planning? Reflections on the saga of Mumbai’s DP

Originally posted on cprurban:

The ambitious Mumbai Development Plan (DP) 2034, envisaged as a blueprint that specifies the land allocations, land use patterns, transportation networks and amenities for India’s largest metropolis, has been recently put on the shelf  for revisions following intense criticism on several fronts. It is to be revised and republished for public response within four months.

gateway of india Iconic monument, Mumbai’s Gateway of India. Photo credits: Mukta Naik

The release of the plan into the public domain, itself a unique occurrence for Indian city planning, has facilitated an unprecedented amount of public debate and discussion. In the process, many hitherto unconcerned citizens have hopefully thought about the issues involved in deciding a future for their city. However, several burning questions remain. On the mechanics of planning a megacity like Mumbai. On the processes and institutions required. On responsibility. On why Indian cities are unable to plan. And on why they must learn to…

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