Public Evening Lecture

Sabine Knierbein: Planning Theory and Everyday Life

18 April 2018, 6pm, Zeichensaal EG Panigltrakt, TU Wien main building.

Many cities around the world witness an increase in urban inequalities which is visible and can be analyzed both through public space and housing research. With a combined dialectical focus on city publics and city dwellers, their spatial practices and patterns of acting space, urban researchers, designers and planners can try to understand patterns of increasing precarious living conditions, poverty and discrimination on the one hand. On the other, the lived space is the expression of the macro-, meso- and micro-transitions that cities are currently facing can be understood through reactivating Lefebvre’s century long oeuvre of “Critique of Everyday Life” (Lefebvre 2014 (1946, 1961 and 1981). Public space, in this sense, becomes the site of response, reaction but is not just to be considered a realm of emancipations and resistance acts that are reactive (anti politics), but rather of the potential of individuals and collectives to frame new ways of living in the city in the sense of alter-politics.

This public evening lecture combines insights from two recently published books “City Unsilenced. Urban Resistance in the Age of Shrinking Democracy” (editors: Jeff Hou and Sabine Knierbein, 2017) and “Public Space Unbound. Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition” (editors: Sabine Knierbein and Tihomir Viderman, 2018), both published with Routledge (New York/London) to discuss about the roles, uncertainties and structural transformation everyday life patterns in cities are undergoing, while connecting to more abstract strands in urban studies, political philosophy and planning theory.



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