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Stavros Stavrides

Resisting urban renewal in Barcelona’s periphery 99 5 Commoning neighborhoods: resisting urban renewal in Barcelona’s periphery In search for the potentialities of emancipatory commoning, a lot is to be learned by studying practices of cohabitation in housing complexes. We know that in most cases people are forced to live together under conditions that they never chose merely because they don’t have other options. Neighborhoods of so-called affordable housing programs or social housing complexes more often than not become stigmatized areas for the urban poor

in Common spaces of urban emancipation
Securing or denying minorities’ right to the city?
Parama Roy

6 Community gardening for integrated urban renewal in Copenhagen: securing or denying minorities’ right to the city? Parama Roy Introduction Community gardening has been identified as a means of resistance to social injustice (McKay, 2011) and specifically to neoliberal1 agendas and associated outcomes (Roy, 2010). At the same time, community gardens have also been identified as neoliberal artefacts (Pudup, 2008) that are used for gentrifying neighbourhoods (Quastel, 2009) or for compelling communities to compensate for State-​retrenchment through grassroots

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
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The Films of Glasgow Corporation 1938-1978
Elizabeth Lebas

Glasgow Corporation had been sponsoring films for almost twenty years when in 1938 its Public Health Department commissioned seven silent films. This marked new relations between the Corporation and the emerging Scottish documentary film movement and a change of approach towards the films’ audiences and the city itself. The essay traces the Corporation‘s film sponsorship from the late 1930s to 1978 when the final images of Glasgow‘s Progress, the Corporation‘s last sponsored film - on its urban renewal projects were taken. By then the Corporation had been amalgamated into Strathclyde Regional Council, the century-long social project of reform had come to an end and television had made its own documentary impact. It argues that over time Corporation films served a variety of political and institutional purposes and often prefigured the fortunes of the city and its people.

Film Studies
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Movements of people, objects, and ideas in the southern Balkans

This book is a theoretical and ethnographic study of the shifting border between the Republic of North Macedonia and Greece. The central argument is that political borders between states not only restrict or regulate the movement of people and things but are also always porous and permeable, exceeding state governmentality. To support this argument the book draws on scholarship from geology that describes and classifies different kinds of rock porosity. Just as seemingly solid rock is often laden with pores that allow the passage of liquids and gases, so too are ostensibly impenetrable borders laden with forms and infrastructures of passage. This metaphor is theoretically powerful, as it facilitates the idea of border porosities through a varied set of case studies centered on the Greek–Macedonian border. The case studies include: the history of railways in the region, border-town beauty tourism, child refugees during the Greek Civil War, transnational mining corporations and environmental activism, and, finally, a massive, highly politicized urban renewal project. Using interdisciplinary frameworks combining anthropology, history, philosophy, and geology, the book analyzes permeations triggered by the border and its porous nature that underline the empirical, political, and philosophical processes with all their emancipatory or restrictive effects.

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design
Mark Duffield

the crisis of urban renewal. This aversion has deepened with the growing infrastructural gap, accumulating disrepair and damage caused by natural disasters and wars, the massive urbicidal destruction unleashed in the Middle East and the ongoing dispossessions resulting from the expanding mega-corridors themselves. For the World Bank, the crisis of urban renewal negatively impacts precariat bandwidth. Having to daily exert a great deal of mental energy just to access such basic necessities as food and clean water means the precariat ‘are

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The Barcelona model
Duncan Wheeler

between the public and private sectors; (3) a privileged natural environment, a city nestled between the mountains and the sea; and (4) better co-ordination between urban renewal and cultural rehabilitation. Under the chairmanship of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the bad fortunes of both Barcelona and the Olympic Games were seemingly reversed. Described in 1976 as ‘the prototype of the perfect Francoist politician’, 1 the President of the Provincial Town Council of Barcelona and property developer claims that it was on Juan Carlos’s recommendation that he

in Following Franco
Space, power and governance in mid-twentieth century British cities

Reconstructing modernity assesses the character of approaches to rebuilding British cities during the decades after the Second World War. It explores the strategies of spatial governance that sought to restructure society and looks at the cast of characters who shaped these processes. It challenges traditional views of urban modernism as moderate and humanist, shedding new light on the importance of the immediate post-war for the trajectory of urban renewal in the twentieth century. The book shows how local corporations and town planners in Manchester and Hull attempted to create order and functionality through the remaking of their decrepit Victorian cities. It looks at the motivations of national and local governments in the post-war rebuilding process and explores why and how they attempted the schemes they did. What emerges is a picture of local corporations, planners and city engineers as radical reshapers of the urban environment, not through the production of grand examples of architectural modernism, but in mundane attempts to zone cities, produce greener housing estates, control advertising or regulate air quality. Their ambition to control and shape the space of their cities was an attempt to produce urban environments that might be both more orderly and functional, but also held the potential to shape society.

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Images, words, and cross-national connections
Vanesa Rodríguez-Galindo

shock, a process that crystallised in the nineteenth century with the consolidation of urban renewal projects and public spectatorship. Benjamin explored the experience of modernity as a radical discontinuity probed by the ephemeral, fleeting, and transitory qualities that Baudelaire associated with modern life during the second half of the century. 4 The weight given to acceleration – of societal changes, of physical movement – has led to a commonplace that rupture is at the centre of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century experience. 5 The visual culture of a so

in Madrid on the move
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James Greenhalgh

Conclusion At the core of this book have been two central questions: who was responsible for shaping British cities in the decade or so that followed the Second World War, and what were the consequences of their actions and experiences for the trajectory of urban renewal in the twentieth century? It is worth dealing with these questions together before coming to some more general conclusions about the study of urban modernism presented in this book. The primary drivers of change, both well before the war and in the immediate aftermath, were the city corporations

in Reconstructing modernity
Norwegian experiences of death and security
Charlotte Heath-Kelly

articulated in different terms to that of the state and its self-harming architecture. Disaster recovery as urban renewal: Oslo Government Quarter While the rural settings of Utøya and Sørbråten have seen the AUF and the Norwegian state address Breivik’s attacks in their designs ( Memory Wound ; New Utøya ), the city-centre location of Breivik’s bomb attack

in Death and security