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Saskia Sassen, a sociology professor at Columbia University and co-chair of its Committee on Global Thought, has written an article for UrbanControversies.com.
For the last decade, French politicians have tried to design the appropriate metropolitan government for Paris. But as they finally reached an agreement in December 2013, this article shows how the yet-to-be born Grand Paris is already irrelevant.
This article discusses how housing typologies in Beijing, examining new high-rise apartments, the traditional hutongs and the city's Soviet-style housing. A controversy emerges in what types should be preserved and how these various models can adapt to Beijing's urban growth and expansion.
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By Justinien Tribillon For the last decade, politicians have been fighting over which model to adopt in order to develop the Grand Paris — a metropolitan government for Paris. Two models are opposed: on one hand a ‘regional’ Greater Paris which would empower the Région Ile-de-France, and therefore its President, while lessening the powers of
By Ben Parker Beijing has always been crowded. You can feel it, walking through the narrow alleyways of the old city that twist and turn upon themselves, striving to squeeze one more breath of space out of their fixed terrestrial allotment. Early photographs only confirm these suspicions; the traffic of carriages, rickshaws, bicycles, and pedestrians
By Saskia Sassen In a short brutal urban history over 13 million households in the US had their homes foreclosed between 2006 and 2010 (Figure 1). On the other side of the Atlantic thousands of households had their houses foreclosed in each Hungary, Spain, Latvia, Germany, and more (Figure 2). In the US, over 9
by Jake Brown Still in the nascent stages of its implementation, the Beltline, a 22-mile transit rail around Atlanta’s core, is emerging as a popular example of innovative urban intervention (Benfield 2011). Out-of-use railroads, a leftover from the industrial period, will be converted into this new transit system. In addition, a network of public parks
by Juan Sebastian Lama Conflicts are inevitable in urban life. In this regard, cities can be broadly defined as an intensified mixture of people who share and shape their built and social environment. It is also known that the current rate of accelerated urban growth heightens the already existing tensions within cities, and thus demands
Launched in May 2013, UrbanControversies.com has been evolving as a collaborative platform that aims to explore, analyze and ultimately push forward a debate about urban conflict. After a successful yet limited first phase targeted mainly towards students, academics and friends of LSE Cities, the curators Amy Parker (MSc 2013), Juan Sebastian Lama (MSc 2013) and
“This [apparently chaotic urban] order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance – not to a simple-minded precision dance with everyone kicking up at the same time, twirling in unison and
by Justinien Tribillon In 2009, the then President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, was declaring “Is it normal that on Sunday, when Mrs Obama wants to do some shopping in Paris with her daughters, I have to take my phone to get the shops to open? [...] We are going to change that.” (source)
by Sarah Ronkainen Cities are coping with the pressure of immigration. The World Health Organization predicts that 60 percent of the world population will live in cities by 2030 and that percentage will increase to 70 by 2050. “By the middle of the 21st century, the urban population will almost double, increasing from approximately 3.4
by Ben Parker Every city must decide how to balance public interests with private ones. What areas of the city should be slated for commercial development, and how can this be balanced with space reserved and maintained for the general public? But once this decision has been made, codes drafted, streets laid out, and plots
by Catarina De Almeida Brito Water is a natural resource essential for life to happen; not only for maintaining the metabolism of human bodies, but also for sustaining the wider system of social living. Historically one of the most unequal cities in the world, Nairobi provides arenas of water abundance and scarcity, where the routines
by Omer Cavusoglu When Turkey’s Sports Minister Suat Kılıç remarked “we want to adopt the London Model” (view link) as part of the efforts to secure Istanbul’s 2020 Olympics Bid, what did he exactly mean? What aspects of governance do politicians in Turkey hint at when giving the example of London in their presentations? A sit-in
We just added a new piece to our research section. This article is based on the case study of a ‘right to the city’ urban social movement in Hamburg, Germany and analyses the struggles about the city’s meaning, form and function in a pluralistic urban context. It shows that to be able to influence a
By Jacob Bielecki President Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder have recently called for a “national dialogue” regarding “issues of justice and equality” (Holder, July 16) to figure out ways in which African American men can gain a sense “that their country cares about them” (Obama, July 19). President Obama, speaking at times quite
”[...] controversies take place in public spaces that we propose to call hybrid forums—forums because they are open spaces where groups can come together to discuss technical options involving the collective, hybrid because the groups involved and the spokespersons claiming to represent them are heterogeneous, including experts, politicians, technicians, and laypersons who consider themselves involved” (Callon,
The city street has been a critical component for many protests and riots related to civil right issues. In the past few days, cities around the US have once again been transformed into a space for mobilization, for protest, and for ultimately questioning wider issues of racial profiling and perceived injustice in this country. These
This article analyzes how recent protests in Istanbul stemmed from a variety of issues: the abuse of government power & civil liberties, a lack of public dialog, & mobilization via new technologies. Thank you Omer Cavusoglu for coordinating this contribution! – by Dr Hasan Turunc, Dr Mehmet Muderrisoglu, Omer Cavusoglu, Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Ozan Sakar. On-going
“Aversion, the feeling of reciprocal alienation and repulsion, which in the moment of a more intimate contact of any sort is at once transformed into positive hatred and conflict. Without this aversion, life in a great city, which daily brings each into contact with countless others, would have no thinkable form.” (Simmel. 1904: 494) References:
The academic use of the term “controversy” –specifically “mapping controversies” or “cartography of controversies“– , was largely developed by the French sociologist Bruno Latour (1987) since more than two decades ago, followed by Michael Callon (2001) and many others. This term is an academic tool to describe moments of general uncertainty in the social and
“The city, the noted urban sociologist Robert Park once wrote, is ´ man`s most consistent and on the whole, his most successful attempt to remake the world he lives in more after his heart`s desire. But, if the city is the world which man created, it is the world in which he is forth condemned
Last Tuesday, this blog was officially launched at the London School of Economics, a university at the heart of urban debate and critical thinking in social science. Amongst academics such as Richard Sennett, Ricky Burdett, Suzi Hall, Fran Tonkiss and many other world-class urban thinkers, the blog received wide-spread support as both a conceptual idea and
A public debate at the London School of Economics, where scholars, students and activists gather to explore the concept of Urban Controversies. See the highlights of the conference: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wdksQSMhRk] See the whole conference: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXG-371vZOs] See more details at the LSE official website
Written by: Maria Juliana Rojas Who should decide how the city should look like? Who should determine how the land should be used? Who’s the city for? Among tons of questions that growing cities entail, these would seem the easiest ones to solve. However, these queries are framed in a controversial discussion around the importance
By Julian Castro What is perceived from the Patagonia can be confirmed all along the Andes Mountains up to Cape Gallinas in the Alta Guajira. In unprecedented ways we have been able to set up the camouflage of a vast richness over an extended pattern of inequality. The sterilization of collective imagination has been amplified in
Written by: Anna Bray Sharpin When protests began in São Paulo over a rise in public transport fare of twenty Brazilian centavos, the majority of metropolitan São Paulo’s 20 million residents were too busy with their every day lives to take much notice. They were too busy dealing with long commutes (an average of nearly three
By Sebastian Lama Tomorrow, the expected protests about Chile’s educational issues should NOT be transformed into an “urban” controversy. Furthermore, understanding these political claims as urban controversies could counteract the essence of the debate. A massive manifestation and national strike has been called by the Chilean Federation of Students (CONFECH) for tomorrow, 26 June, in
By Amy Parker Sandy. Now SHE was not messing around. From London, we saw the photos of flooded subway stairwells, of submerged taxies, of outright destruction. What happens to the “city that never sleeps” when submerged under water? Seeing Manhattan in the midst of the storm was shocking and surreal, but it also served to
By Amy Parker Since living in London, one of my guilty pleasures is to listen to NPR, beloved public radio from the US-of-A. Living on the edge, right? Usually that means that by the time I’m listening to NPR’s coverage of the news — it’s already old news here in London. Surely enough, when I
By Sebastian Lama The left image shows how citizens are planting the trees that were removed by the first actions on the redevelopment (Source: showdiscontent.com). Later one we see tree-planting transformed as international press coverage enables these protests in Taksim Square to snowball into manifestations all over Turkey. The map on the right shows an analysis
By Julian Castro How many attempts would I need to define what an Urban Controversy is? It will be my intention to provide some answers closer to what economist Max-Neff has referred as a “holistic understanding” and ultimately to open the debate rather than narrowing the concept as a static term. To put it on
By Amy Parker Is it wrong to want an urban controversy? I guess “in theory” the answer is that no one wants controversy, but what if controversy is already there — lurking in the shadows of the truth but refusing to come out to play? Is it wrong to want some an undeniable instance of
By Sebastian Lama A few months ago, with some of my classmates from at the London School of Economics, we started discussing about “disagreements” and “controversies.” We asked questions regarding how relevant dissent is, and as we looked closer, we became each time more sceptical of the term “consensus” and more aware of its political