Spatial Justice and Indigenous Rights

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Just out: the latest issue of Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice, guest edited by Béatrice Collignon and Irène Hirt, on Spatial Justice and Indigenous People.

It is freely accessible (and fully bilingual) here: http://www.jssj.org.

Contents:

EDITORIAL
Anniversary?
Philippe GERVAIS-LAMBONY | Frédéric DUFAUX | Aurélie QUENTIN

FOCUS
1. Claiming Space to Claim for Justice: the Indigenous Peoples‘ Geographical Agenda
Béatrice Collignon | Irène Hirt

2. Urban Protected Areas: Forces of justice or injustice for Indigenous popula-tions? The cases of Xochimilco and the national parks of Mumbai and Cape Town
Frédéric Landy | Nadia Belaidi | Karl-Heinz Gaudry Sada

3. Right to and on the City. The case of the American Indians of the San Francisco Bay Area
Benjamin Leclère

4. Spatial Justice and Indigenous Peoples’ Protection of Sacred Places: Adding Indigenous Dimensions to the Conversation
June Lorenzo

5. Land and indigenous territories in the Bolivian Amazon: full but imperfect spatial justice?

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The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting

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Alex Vasudevan’s much awaited new book will be out next month with Verso:

A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city, The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Vancouver […] via Alexander Vasudevan, The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting – Verso — Progressive Geographies

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Landscape struggles, environmental hegemonies and the politics of urban design

In a previous post I announced the publication of a new article about Central Park in Environment and Planning D, this time focusing on the governmental and strategic role of the park’s schemein the context of local struggles to consolidate or challenge existing hegemonies. For that purpose I elaborated a theoretical framework around the concept of ‘environmental hegemony’ drawing on the work of Antonio Gramsci and Michel Foucault, which emphasizes the responsibility of technical interventions in the forge of regulatory apparatuses, integral state formations and subjectivity projects.

The Society and Space website has now published a companion piece where I expand some of the theoretical and historical arguments of the article with a more general reflection about the political horizon of design disciplines.

What would a Central Park designed by proletarians look like? How would such a subaltern landscape differ from the creatures of nineteenth-century bourgeois pastoral taste that we have come to identify with urban nature? Would Manhattan’s structure and social space have been radically changed by such a historical detour? Landscape and New York City scholars…

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Elden’s Foucault: The Birth of Power

Foucault: The Birth of Power is now available worldwide. The book is published by Polity, and the design fits with Foucault’s Last Decade which came out in 2016. There is a lot about Foucault’s political activism in this second book, so the covers make a nice contrasting pair. More information on the two books here. […]

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Our latest issue and a video abstract – “Prefiguring the State”

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The March 2017 issue of Antipode is out now (and available online here). This is the second of our new-look issues; when we launched them in January we said that “…while we look different, we continue to push Geography’s radical and critical edge in a number of ways, many of which will be familiar, inspired as they are by Marxist, socialist, anarchist, anti-racist, anticolonal, feminist, queer, trans*, green, and postcolonial thought. Others, however, will be less so given that we are also committed to the new, the innovative, the creative, and the heretofore unthought radical edges of spatial theorisation and analysis”, and Antipode 49(2) blends the familiar and the not so with aplomb.

Engagement in a Public Forum: Knowledge, Action, and Cosmopolitanism by Jennifer F. Brewer, Natalie Springuel, James Wilson, Robin Alden, Dana Morse, Catherine Schmitt, Chris Bartlett, Teresa Johnson, Carla Guenther and Damian Brady;

The Evolution of Neoliberal…

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CfP: Los años CIAM en España. La otra Modernidad

Convocatoria para el envío de ponencias aquí.

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Talk at the AA – Thanks and additional materials

I had a great time during the seminar last week at the AA, where I presented my recent research on planning’s role in the destruction of working-class centralities through several historical illustrations from Germany and the US. This is a new episode of my ‘social history of planning’ project and it was the first time I was sharing some of the material. The conversation was very animated and tremendously fruitful for me. Thanks are due to Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici, their students and the rest of the audience for their hospitality and searching feedback.

Aureli and Giudici passed me a copy of Like a Rolling Stone. Revisiting the Architecture of the Boarding House, a book-artifact summarizing the result of the intervention/research project that Dogma and Black Square, their respective architectural and editorial collectives, prepared for the Venice Biennale last year. The book is not only beautifully edited but also full of illuminations about the boarding house as a site of subversion of domestic space, both historically and as a project for the future. Highly recommended and also relevant for some of the issues I’m dealing with right now in my own research.

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El Movimiento Moderno y el Derecho a la Ciudad | Vídeo de la ponencia en IX DOCOMOMO Ibérico

El pasado mes de noviembre se celebró el IX Congreso de DOCOMOMO Ibérico ‘Movimiento Moderno, Patrimonio Cultural y Sociedad’, en el que intervine como uno de los ponentes invitados de la segunda jornada, dedicada a la dimensión social de los problemas discutidos en el encuentro.

El vídeo de mi presentación, ‘El Movimiento Moderno y el Derecho a la Ciudad’, ha sido publicado junto al resto de contribuciones del evento. Como comenté en su momento (ver entrada anterior aquí) en esta charla exploré una serie de tradiciones de diseño —algunas bien conocidas, otras más o menos subterráneas— para confrontarlas con los elementos del ‘derecho a la ciudad’, en la definición original del concepto por Henri Lefebvre. El objetivo era no sólo mostrar los déficits de parte del Movimiento Moderno en relación a las aspiraciones y luchas ciudadanas relacionadas con este principio, sino también ilustrar algunos ejemplos de vías alternativas que trabajaron —a veces de forma parcial y contradictoria— en líneas que resuenan poderosamente con su proyecto. Estas tradiciones al margen, sugería, pueden ser una base de inspiración no sólo para la práctica actual, sino también para iniciativas de base para la recuperación y protección del patrimonio arquitectónico del siglo XX, en la medida en que seamos capaces de desarrollar, junto a los ciudadanos, su promesa implícita de una arquitectura abierta al valor de uso y la apropiación colectiva.

Fue un placer participar en este encuentro, que contó con un acertado equilibrio de contribuciones locales, nacionales e internacionales, de distintas generaciones y con la presencia de expertos de otras disciplinas, gestores culturales y miembros de administraciones públicas.

Nuestra jornada se cerró con una mesa redonda compartida con Daniel Mòdol —concejal de arquitectura, paisaje urbano y patrimonio  del Ayto. de Barcelona— y Ricardo Flores y Eva Prats de Flores Prats Arquitectes, estudio en cuya sobresaliente trayectoria destacan proyectos con una sensibilidad especial a las demandas ciudadanas. El debate fue muy interesante gracias a un participante sobrevenido, Víctor López Cotelo (Premio Nacional de Arquitectura 2015), que desde la audiencia convirtió una conversación relativamente consensual sobre los beneficios de la participación en una disputa dialéctica bastante apasionada. Quiero aclarar aquí que siempre he admirado y recomendado a los alumnos su trabajo, de una sutileza y sensatez cada vez más difíciles de encontrar. Pero como verán —aproximadamente desde el minuto 37— en lo que toca a participación y su significado profundo para la historia de nuestra disciplina ni yo ni el resto de miembros de la mesa estuvimos muy de acuerdo con él.

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‘Real Estate Fictions’ by Left Hand Rotation

Here is the last clip collection from Left Hand Rotation’s Real State Fiction series, where they glean extracts, dialogues and shots from movies dealing with gentrification, displacement, eviction, dilapidation, city branding and other contemporary urban conflicts. The range of genres and materials in this and previous collections is broad, between dark and amusing: from Jarmusch to Asterix, from Italian Neorealism to zombie movies, South Park and even an old TV series for children in Spain. They use the original materials so the clips include English, French, Italian, etc. The first two episodes were edited with both English (see here and here) and Spanish subtitles (here and here), but this one only includes Spanish subtitles. Worth a look!

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Planning the dispossession of centrality | Talk at the AA

I’stone_multipliciudadesll be giving a talk at the AA School of Architecture next week (March 1st, 6:30PM, more info here), in the context of the PhD programme coordinated by Maria S. Giudici and Pier Vittorio Aureli. As I mentioned in a previous post they are doing amazing work with their students on the topics of territory, original accumulation and dispossession, which resonates with my own research in the last few years.

My talk is entitled ‘Planning the dispossession of centrality: design, community, representation’, and focuses on the ticklish subject of the articulation between displacement and representational regimes in the context of early Modernist urban design and architecture. Here is the abstract:

Between the late 1800s and the 1930s architecture, planning and other design and welfare agencies became involved in struggles to reshape urban centrality and the social space of the poor. In this endeavor, design techniques were captured by a broader governmental apparatus, aimed at mobilizing both material and representational productions of space to the advantage of nascent configurations of organized capitalism. The process secured a place for architecture and planning in the emerging state-form, but it ultimately marred their political project in a lasting fashion. In fact, many of the current social challenges in our cities and the very position of designers in contemporary ideologies surrounding urbanization and the built environment are better understood by tracing the aspirations, contradictions and failures of this period, particularly as regards the re-imagination of working-class communities. The talk will frame this episode in a longer genealogy of spatial strategies of dispossession, and explore the articulation of design to visual, regulatory and discursive practices of topocide through a number of historical vignettes including social housing, collective facilities, urban renewal, and city marketing experiences from Germany and the US.

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