“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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Migrant Urbanisms: Ordinary Cities & Everyday Resistance

Originally posted on Deterritorial Investigations Unit:

“This article expands on the quotidian perspectives of ‘ordinary cities’ and ‘everyday resistance’ and explores the migrant urbanisms that emerge out of movement, mixing and exchange. The article argues for a shift beyond a focus on encounter across racial and ethnic difference, to engage with whether everyday social practice can effectively contaminate political practice. The question is raised within the understanding that everyday life is rooted in inequality, and extends to an analysis of migrant participation in city life as creative expression and everyday resistance. Against a pernicious migrancy problematic in the UK that defines migration as an external force assaulted on national integrity from the outside, I explore migrant urbanisms as participatory practices of reconfiguration within ordinary cities, where diversity and innovation intersect. At the core of this exploration is how migrants are active in the making of urban space and urban politics.”

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CfP The Architecture of Capital

Originally posted on multipliciudades:

Call for papers for an interesting panel in the next AAG meeting in San Francisco. Mor info here.


The Architecture of Capital: Rethinking the Geographies of Design in a Planetary Moment

AAG Annual Meeting, San Francisco, March 29-April 2, 2016


Adam Kaasa, Royal College of Art

Pushpa Arabindoo, University College London


Following the emergence of a renewed debate about the relationship of architecture to processes of capitalist urbanization, a series of opposing conceptions of architectural or design methods have been espoused as either a tool of capital (Brenner 2015), or as a space of political imagination (Lefebvre 2014). Within architecture itself, the discourse similarly moves between the emancipatory politics of an architectural imagination (Lahiji 2014), and the persistence of early Marxist criticism established by Manfredo Tafuri (1979) and Frederic Jameson (1998) that architecture is an integral part of the capitalist project…

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J. MAYER H. Completes Metropol Parasol in Seville – is this really what makes cities great?

Originally posted on Urban Choreography:

I am certainly impressed with the size of it and it’s certainly ‘modern’ – wonderful in wood and all of that but without having been there I really can’t see from these pictures how this contributes to anything that makes an urban environment habitable,  livable or great to be in, especially in a city like Seville – I wonder what its residents think? What do you think? via Bustler  – I then Googled this and changed the rest of the content to the Guardians commentary by  Rowan Moore

Seville’s flashy new showcase is held together by extra-strong glue – but not quite enough to make its many parts connect

April 2011 marks the completion of “Metropol Parasol”, the Redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacíon in Seville, Spain. Designed by Berlin-based J. MAYER H. architects, this project has already become the new landmark for Seville, a place of identification…

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The TERRIBLE Plan for Mexico City’s High Line-Style Park

Originally posted on Urban Choreography:

f the projects that the Smart city enthusiasts want to see go ahead, and the populace and enviroenmtalists oppose?Critics say the Corredor Cultural Chapultepec is not the kind of public space the city desperately needs.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.citylab.com

Is this example of the previous two posts on C40 cities and resistance change that is not always favourable the long run?

See on Scoop.itUrban Choreography

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Raval Barcelona Notebook Published

Originally posted on Urban Projects / Antwerp Brussels Ghent R'dam Barcelona New York Tel Aviv Tokyo:

This week, the fourth Streetscape Territories Notebook was published!

This publication covers the EU Intensive Program workshop “Streetscape Territories, Spaces of Inclusion”, that was held in Barcelona in January-February 2014 in collaboration with KU Leuven, TU Delft, Chalmers UT, PU Catalunya, TU Bratislava and ENSA Montpellier (see previous posts).

The notebooks are available in the KU Leuven libraries and on request (mail to ben.robberechts@kuleuven.be)

ISSN 2294-4672

covers notebooks

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Originally posted on Urban Projects / Antwerp Brussels Ghent R'dam Barcelona New York Tel Aviv Tokyo:

Streetscape Territories is the name given to an international research project that focuses on the transformation of the urban fabric and considers its streetscapes the protagonists. The research deals with the way architectural artifacts, open space, the property structure and its inherent accessibility and permeability configure streetscapes and how their inhabitants can give meaning to them.

This project focuses on models of proximity within a street, neighborhood or region and starts from the assumption that urban space, from the domestic scale till the scale of the city, can be understood as a discontinuous collective space (de Solà-Morales, 1992), containing different levels of shared use that are defined by multiple physical, cultural or territorial boundaries (Scheerlinck, 2013): how do people and buildings relate to each other and how does it contribute to the local identity of the built and social environment.

The intermediate scale, that is the scale between the…

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