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Eco‐urbanism and the Eco‐city, or, Denying the Right to the City?

By Federico Caprotti: “(…) [W]hile urban climate change experiments are not confined to any one region of the world, 52% were located in the global North, while 46% were situated in emerging economies. Only 2% were located in the world’s least developed states. This opens up real and pressing questions about the spatial inequalities which […]

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La calle para quien la ocupa

Las condiciones sociopolíticas de la globalización no hegemónica en México DF – Por Carlos Alba Vega: “Entreverada con la globalización existe una otra globalización no hegemónica, que no la contradice ni la niega, sino que aprovecha sus intersticios y sus vacíos para sacar también provecho de la producción, la circulación y el consumo globalizados.” [Excerpts] […]

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Misusing the City Statute in São Paulo

By Patricia Rodrigues Samora*: The City Statute and subsequent São Paolo Master Plan were seen as victories for the housing movement, but the city and state governments of São Paulo, and to a certain extent the federal government, seem to have chosen another way to build the future of our cities. This is a future […]

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The Urban Roots of Financial Crises:

Reclaiming the City for Anti-Capitalist Struggle By David Harvey: [ABSTRACT] Property market booms and busts are inextricably intertwined with speculative financial flows and these booms and busts have serious consequences for the macro-economy in general as well as all manner of externality effects upon resource depletion and environmental degradation. Property booms and capitalist crises also […]

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No es crisis, es que ya no te quiero

Por Manuel Castells: – Crisis y Sistema – Cuando miles de indignados afirman que no es una crisis sino que es el sistema el causante de los múltiples problemas que nos aquejan están diciendo algo tan básico como que si no se tratan las raíces, si persisten las causas, producen las mismas consecuencias. ¿Pero de qué sistema […]

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Rosario: la experiencia política de la ciudad-empresa

By Emiliano Sacchi: * We try to understand the “form of government” of the city, but shifting the accent from a classical perspective (legal and political) toward a perspective focused on political practices and their own specifics rationalities, understanding urban governance as political technology [subjectification process establishing our political experience of the city boundaries]. * […]

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Urban Struggle for the Right to the City

By RTC: * The right to the city [following Lefebvre] is used here primarily to describe the development of the ‘capitalist city’, its negative effects for its inhabitants and the potential utopias that could be made possible, in contrast to other approaches such as the ‘creative city’ developed by urban theorists like Richard Florida.   * […]

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Metropolis

By Giorgio Agamben: Many years ago I was having a conversation with Guy (Debord) which I believed to be about political philosophy, until at some point Guy interrupted me and said: ‘Look, I am not a philosopher, I am a strategist’. This statement struck me because I used to see him as a philosopher as […]

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THE ANTI-OLYMPICS (what happened in Vancouver)

By Jules Boykoff: Walking along east Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver one crisp January morning in 2010, I came across a perplexing set of white panels on the outer flank of the refurbished Woodward’s building. The panels featured an explosion of repudiation: stark, black-lettered phrases like ‘hell no’, ‘i said no’, ‘no […]

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The Disappearance of the State from “Livable” Urban Spaces

By Katherine B. Hankins and Emily M. Powers “With 5,000 homes and any number of options to choose from in Atlantic Station there is something for every style, taste and pricerange for people who want to be a part of the exciting residential life in this incredible new community.” http://www.atlanticstation.com/live.php . “(…) In this paper, we argue two interrelated points. First, urban livability as […]

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What is an American City?

By Michael Katz: “The April 25, 2006, death of Jane Jacobs was one of the events that prompted me to rethink my narrative of recent urban history. If any one person can be anointed patron saint of urban studies, Jacobs deserves the crown. Her 1961 Death and Life of Great American Cities must be the […]

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Environment-Brazil: Red Card for Porto Alegre?

From IPS News, By Clarinha Glock* – IPS/IFEJ: PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, Jul 18 (IPS) – The southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, a pioneer in participatory budgets and environmental policies, and habitual host of the enormous World Social Forum, has returned to the international stage.   Chosen as one of the 12 sites for the […]

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