Sonja Dümpelmann en la ETSAM

CARTEL CONFERENCIA DuempelmannEl próximo jueves tendremos en la ETSAM a Sonja Dümpelmann, profesora del departamento de arquitectura del paisaje de la GSD de Harvard, presentando su último libro Flights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design, publicado recientemente por University of Virginia Press. La charla se enmarca en el ciclo de conferencias asociadas al Máster en Planeamiento Urbano y Territorial del DUyOT.

Ahí va un resumen del libro que servirá de base al evento:

In much the same way that views of the earth from the Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s led indirectly to the inauguration of Earth Day and the modern environmental movement, the dawn of aviation ushered in a radically new way for architects, landscape designers, urban planners, geographers, and archaeologists to look at cities and landscapes. As icons of modernity, airports facilitated the development of a global economy during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, reshaping the way people thought about the world around them. Professionals of the built environment awoke to the possibilities offered by the airports themselves as sites of design and by the electrifying new aerial perspective on landscape. In Flights of Imagination, Sonja Dümpelmann follows the evolution of airports from their conceptualization as landscapes and cities to modern-day plans to turn decommissioned airports into public urban parks. The author discusses landscape design and planning activities that were motivated, legitimized, and facilitated by the aerial view. She also shows how viewing the earth from above redirected attention to bodily experience on the ground and illustrates how design professionals understood the aerial view as simultaneously abstract and experiential, detailed and contextual, harmful and essential. Along the way, Dümpelmann traces this multiple dialectic from the 1920s to the land-camouflage activities during World War II, and from the environmental and landscape planning initiatives of the 1960s through today.

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News of Erik Swyngedouw’s new book. Liquid Power: Contested hydro-modernities in 20th century Spain


Buenas noticias (vía the anthropo.scene y Stuart Elden): Erik Swyngedouw vuelve a escribir sobre España y las políticas hidrológicas en el siglo XX, en formato monográfico.

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An advanced description of Erik Swyngedouw’s new book from the MIT Press website. Looks like the book is due out in the new year at some point:

“In this book, Erik Swyngedouw explores how water becomes part of the tumultuous processes of modernization and development. Using the experience of Spain as a lens to view the interplay of modernity and environmental transformation, Swyngedouw shows that every political project is also an environmental project.

In 1898, Spain lost its last overseas colony, triggering a period of post-imperialist turmoil still referred to as El Disastre. Turning inward, the nation embarked on “regeneration” and modernization. Water played a central role in this; during a turbulent period from the twentieth century into the twenty-first—through the Franco years and into the new era of liberal democracy—Spain’s waterscapes were completely transformed, with large-scale projects that ranged from dam construction to irrigation to desalinization. Swyngedouw…

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La censura de los sueños | Žižek en LSE

Slavoj Žižek se despacha a gusto en la London School of Economics en otra nueva vuelta de tuerca a uno de sus temas clásicos: la crítica de la ideología vista desde su particular perspectiva. Más información y el enlace al podcast en la página de la institución.

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New Antipode papers available now


Ya están accesibles los contenidos de los dos primeros números de Antipode para el año 2015.

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The first two issues of Antipode 47 have now been sent to the publishers. They’ll be available in Wiley Online Library in early 2015; the papers, though, can be read now. There are great essays in both issues on neoliberal natures, new materialisms and autonomist Marxism; on local food and urban agriculture; on water, extractive industries and political ecology; on protest, occupation, organising and commoning; and on labour, gentrification, conservation, colonialism, climate change and much more besides…

Antipode Volume 47 Number 1

New Materialisms and Neoliberal Natures by Bruce Braun

Neoliberal Capitalism and Conservation in the Post-crisis Era: The Dialectics of “Green” and “Un-green” Grabbing in Greece and the UK by Evangelia Apostolopoulou and William M. Adams

Escape into the City: Everyday Practices of Commoning and the Production of Urban Space in Dublin by Michael Byrne and Patrick Bresnihan

“Much in Blood and Money”: Necropolitical Ecology on the Margins of…

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Review essay of Branch, Sassen, Scott and Vigneswaran on historical and political understandings of territory, forthcoming in Society and Space


Stuart Elden sobre una reseña de próxima aparición, analizando cuatro libros recientes que sitúan la noción de territorio en el centro de sus planteamientos.

Originalmente publicado en Progressive Geographies:

I have a review essay of four books coming out in Society and Space in issue 1 next year. The books are Jordan Branch, The Cartographic State; Saskia Sassen, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global EconomyTom Scott, The City-State in Europe, 1000-1600 and Darshan Vigneswaran, Territory, Migration, and the Evolution of the International System. The review is entitled “From Hinterland to the Global: New Books on Historical and Political Understandings of Territory”.

photo (2)Here’s the beginning and end:

These four books all, in different ways, rely upon and contribute to understandings of territory. They move from the very historical to the resolutely contemporary, and in two cases combine the political-historical in important and insightful ways. The most fully historical is Tom Scott’s The City-State in Europe, which takes a broad comparative approach to the formation and transformation of polities in Western Europe from the high Middle Ages to the…

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Los más interesados en la conexión entre arquitectura y política tienen un excelente foro en la revista-web-blog Architecture_MPS, con una amplia colección de contenidos. La mayor parte de las aportaciones en la revista son foráneas pero me ha sorprendido encontrar entre los Chomsky, Frampton o Libeskind a nuestro Antonio Miranda, grande entre los grandes.

La iniciativa está ligada también a eventos y encuentros como el programa ‘Housing-Critical Futures’, un tour de force de dos años para discutir las formas de crisis residencial que azotan al planeta que incluye ciclos de conferencias, concursos de diseño, eventos audiovisuales, etc. La experiencia está abierta a contribuciones en las distintas áreas cubiertas.

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Urbanism and Dictatorship, forthcoming in the series Bauwelt Fundamente

The website of Birkhäuser includes some early information about Urbanism and Dictatorship. A European Challenge, a forthcoming book in which I have participated. This is the volume n. 153 of the long-lasting and celebrated series Bauwelt Fundamente, which has recently embraced English language for some of its catalog. Urbanism and Dictatorhip is a monograph on the history of totalitarian urbanism edited by Max Welch Guerra, Harald Bodenschatz and Piero Sassi, including contributions and case studies by colleagues from Germany, Italy, Russia, Portugal and Spain. The book is a great opportunity to delve into an interesting and alternative genealogy of the connection of urban space and power in the twentieth century, offering illustrations of the common practices, intricacies and singularities of dictatorial urbanisms. The monograph is mainly composed of case studies focusing on particular policies or projects from the aforementioned countries, but it also includes theoretical pieces by Bodenschatz, Welch Guerra and myself.

My contribution —a general outlook from the perspective of urban studies— focuses on some common features of totalitarian urbanisms: the emphasis on calculation and the expanded, territorial extent of spatial strategies; the preeminence of disciplinary governmentalities and social engineering; and the attempt to ‘totalize’ social life by plastic means and built forms. The piece establishes links between dictatorial spatial rationalities and those from other historical contexts, suggesting that totalitarian urbanisms worked as the excess of a particular orientation of modern spatial governmentalities. It was an interesting opportunity to address some of the experiences I knew in Germany, Italy, Spain and the USSR using the lens of conceptual elaborations by authors such as Foucault, Stuart Elden or Jacques Rancière.

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