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Los Consejos Comunales: ¿Avance o retroceso para la democracia venezolana?

By Benjamin Goldfrank: [Resumen] El presente artículo aborda el debate en torno a los consejos comunales de Venezuela, un mecanismo de participación ciudadana promovido por el gobierno de Hugo Chávez con especial fuerza a partir de 2005. Luego de exponer brevemente su historia y principales características institucionales, describe la producción académica en torno al tema, […]

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Land regularisation and civic participation in Brazil

The example of Canoas (Rio Grande do Sul) – By Julie Bédochaud: In the year 2005, nearly 29% of the Brazilian urban population resided illegally in occupied areas, commonly known as favelas (“UNHABITAT, Urban indicators”). While the first favela dates back to the 19th century (Mike DAVIS, Le pire des mondes possibles, La Découverte, 2006), […]

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The Antinomies of the Postpolitical City: In Search of a Democratic Politics of Environmental Production

By Erik Swyngedouw: [Abstract] In recent years, urban research has become increasingly concerned with the social, political and economic implications of the techno-political and socio-scientific consensus that the present unsustainable and unjust environmental conditions require a transformation of the way urban life is organized. In the article, I shall argue that the present consensual vision […]

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Brazil’s Golden Age–or Parade of White Elephants?

by COHA Research Associate Augustus Urschel: The 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics Winning the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic bids continues to have both intended and unexpected consequences for this year’s miracle country. On November 28, 2010, Brazilian police and soldiers seized the Complexo do Alemão, a large favela in the Northern […]

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Planning Displacement: The Real Legacy of Major Sporting Events

By Libby Porter and others: [excerpt] (…) In the official narrative ordinary citizens are, quite literally, invisible and Porter explains how this comes about. First, state planners deal in abstractions. This is a world of legacy claims, eminent domain and Compulsory Purchase Inquiries, where displacements are framed as “disruptions” in planning applications. These stories remind […]

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New Urbanism – 21st Century Municipal Socialism

Steven Attewell and Daraka Larimore-Hall: Introduction: Let us imagine a city. Enough jobs have been created that the labor market is tight, wages are rising, and increased consumption fuels a thriving economy. Enormous amounts of affordable housing have been built, despite the unending flow of people into the city. Does this city work? Does it fulfill the hopes of the […]

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The Regeneration Railway Journey

With New Labour’s era of urban regeneration hitting the spongiform buffers of the Big Society, Owen Hatherley’s Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain surveys the train wreck it has left in its wake. Review by Neil Smith. By Neil Smith: (…) The Cameron-Clegg coalition of naked convenience has little appetite for regeneration policy […]

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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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Porto Alegre néolibéral : décapitation social-capitaliste des leaders communautaires et limites du New Public Management

Pour Sergio Baierle: “Le Budget Participatif existe encore, on ne peut le nier, mais en tant que parodie. Ses vertus passées lui confèrent une aura, visible dans l’attachement des délégués et conseillers au dispositif. Mais il est manipulé par la municipalité, dans une stratégie mêlant le glamour de la philanthropie et un froid calcul politique. […]

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The trajectory of social housing policy in Brazil: From the National Housing Bank to the Ministry of the Cities

By Márcio Moraes Valença and Mariana Fialho Bonates, Abstract: This paper discusses social housing policy in Brazil since the 1990s by analyzing government programs’ institutional arrangements, their sources of revenues and the formatting of related financial systems. The conclusion suggests that all these arrangements have not constituted a comprehensive housing policy with the clear aim […]

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On the Post-City

By Daniel Miller, Original post at Mute: I. City of Zombies: The film I Am Legend (2007) presented military scientist Robert Neville as the last man alive in an abandoned Manhattan. Working on a cure for a global zombie pandemic, he hasn’t seen another human for nearly three years. He drives around with his dog, […]

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Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

Review of Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk (eds) (2007) Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism. New York: The New Press. Book Review by Jacklyn Cock Original post: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/ In much of the world the behavior of the political elite would seem to indicate an agreement with the words of Chinese leader, Deng Xiaoping: ‘To get rich is glorious’. […]

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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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Shoreditch and the creative destruction of the inner city

By Benedict Seymour: “Gentrification in London, a city now rated among the most expensive in the world, embodies the drive of a cannibalistic capitalism looking for ways to cut its costs in a period of declining profit rates and deepening national current account deficits: The search for new, cheaper use values (primarily space, but also […]

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