Herbert Girardet – An urbanising world: triumph or tragedy?

Girardet’s presentation of his latest book, Creating Regenerative Cities, at the LSE:

“Is an urbanising world a ‘triumph of the city’, or an environmental tragedy in the making? He argued for a fundamental conceptual shift in the way we organise our urban systems, and for thinking and acting beyond ‘sustainable development’.

In Girardet’s view large modern cities have effectively tried to declare their independence from nature. We tend to see cities as centres of the universe rather than as appendages of ecosystems and climate systems. How can we assure that modern cities develop a regenerative relationship to the living world on whose health they ultimately depend?

Girardet is a prolific author, speaker and consultant. His new book has been described by Huffington Post as one of the world’s three best green books of 2014.”


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Publications update / Actualización de publicaciones

The Publications webpage on this blog has been updated to include some recent contributions and to provide open access to a number of older pieces. Amongst others, these include the 2013 survey of a selected group of international urban scholars and planners to discuss the most pressing urban conflicts today, published in Cities; the pre-print version of my chapter in the edited book Urbanism and Dictatorship. A European Challenge; and a small piece I prepared for Fulcrum, the pamphlet of the Architectural Association School. Older contributions are also available in open access form. As usual, you can contact me in case you don’t have access to any of the other pieces from your institution.


He actualizado el listado de la página de Publicaciones para incluir algunas contribuciones recientes y ampliar los trabajos con acceso directo. Entre otros pueden encontrar el texto íntegro del sondeo a expertos urbanistas internacionales internacionales publicado en 2003 en la revista Cities; versión pre-print de mi capítulo en el libro Urbanism and Dictatorship. A European Challenge; y una pequeña contribución preparada para Fulcrum, el panfleto editado en la Architectural Association School. Como siempre pueden contactarme directamente para solicitar cualquiera de los otros textos si su institución no les permite acceder a ellos.

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¿Hacia otro modelo territorial en España?

Primero la reforma de la Ley de Costas (texto legal, análisis gráfico) recortando servidumbres y protecciones, y prolongando las concesiones; y ahora el proyecto de nueva Ley de Montes (análisis de Ecologistas en Acción), que permitirá urbanizar montes incendiados y limita las investigaciones sobre las causas.

Está claro que hemos aprendido de lo sucedido en los años recientes y vamos hacia un cambio decidido de nuestro modelo productivo y territorial, ¿no creen?

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New article in Antipode | ‘Capitalist formations of enclosure: space and the extinction of the commons’

My latest article, ‘Capitalist formations of enclosure: space and the extinction of the commons’, is now available online at the early view webpage of Antipode. This was a great opportunity to sum up some of my recent explorations of the historical geography of enclosure, tracking its morphologies on a range of different periods and scales; but also and especially to expand my previous contributions with a more systematic conceptual and theoretical approach. I am more than happy with the publication of this piece in Antipode, given the journal’s key role in disseminating the debate on enclosure and the commons in the field of geography.


Here is the abstract:

Despite their theoretical and political potential, recent debates on enclosure usually lack an effective consideration of how space is mobilized in the process of dispossession. This article connects the analysis of enclosure’s general spatial rationality to a range of illustrations of its particular formations and procedures. Enclosure is understood as one of capitalism’s “universal territorial equivalents”, a polymorphous technique with variegated expressions in time but also with a consistent logic that uses the spatial erosion of the commons to subsume non-commodified, self-managed social spaces. In response to the ever-changing nature of commoning, successive regimes of enclosure reshape the morphologies of deprivation and their articulation to other state and market apparatuses in order to meet shifting strategies of capital accumulation and social reproduction. Through a spatially nuanced account of these phenomena, I outline a tentative genealogy of enclosure formations that allows tracking diverse geographies of dispossession across different scales and regulatory contexts in various historical stages of capitalist development.

Please contact me if you don’t have access to this piece of enclosed material from your institution.

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Immanuel Wallerstein | Structural Crisis of the Modern World-System

Here’s the link to Immanuel Wallerstein’s talk at LSE last Monday, amazing material to understand the current crisis in the longue durée of capitalism.

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Jornada: Políticas posibles para un Madrid agroecológico

El próximo viernes 20 de febrero, en el Mercado de San Fernando, se celebrará esta jornada organizada por la Iniciativa para la Soberanía Alimentaria de Madrid. El encuentro tratará los siguientes temas:

  • Situación y mejoras en la producción agroecológica: Capacidades técnicas, coordinación y sinergias entre productores, coordinación con el sector convencional, necesidades formativas, financiación y apoyo a los nuevos proyectos.
  • Acceso a la tierra: Bancos de tierra, gestión de bienes comunales, parques agrarios, acceso a suelo público o infrautilizado.
  • Huertos y agricultura urbana: Huertos comunitarios, huertos de ocio, huertos escolares, huertos sociales, aprovechamiento de espacios verdes y otras formas de aprovechamiento agrario en la ciudad.
  • Gestión y aprovechamiento de los bioresiduos: Compostaje urbano, cuarto contenedor, compostaje comunitario, manejo de los bioresiduos.

Más información aquí.

Madrid Agroecológico_Huertos urbanos

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Volume 33, Issue 1 now out

Originalmente publicado en Society and space:

The first issue of the 2015 volume of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space is now online (access requires subscription)

Referees 1 – 3

Living with omega-3: new materialism and enduring concerns 4 – 19 Sebastian Abrahamsson, Filippo Bertoni, Annemarie Mol, Rebeca Ibáñez Martín
Performing expertise in human–animal relationships: performative instability and the role of counterperformance 20 – 34 Nora Schuurman, Alex Franklin
The biopolitical production of the city: urban political ecology in the age of immaterial labour 35 – 51 Martín Arboleda
Cultural activism, hegemony, and the search for urban autonomy in the city of Puebla, Mexico 52 – 66 Eduardo González Castillo, Patricia M Martin
From toxic wreck to crunchy chic: environmental gentrification through the body 67 – 83 Leslie Kern
Borders, one-dimensionality, and illusion in the war on drugs 84 – 100 Margath A Walker
The emergence of iBorder: bordering bodies, networks, and machines 101 – 118 Holger Pötzsch
The diaspora within: Himalayan youth, education-driven migration, and future aspirations in India 119 – 135 Sara H Smith, Mabel Gergan
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