AESOP Thematic Groups Fika

Thursday  02.12.2021, 13:00–14:30 CET, online. Dr. Enrico Gualini will introduce the AESOP Thematic Group for Planning/Conflict. Following the Swedish tradition of the fika, we warmly invite colleagues and especially students of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning to engage in dialogue with coordinators of different Thematic Groups (TGs) of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). Through this series of virtual get-togethers we would like to show the broad spectrum of AESOP communities and introduce different research traditions in planning, and beyond, and to discuss together new perspectives and current challenges. More information.

Publicaciones

GABAUER, A., KNIERBEIN, S., COHEN, N., LEBUHN, H., TROGAL, K., VIDERMAN, T. and HAAS, T.
Care and the City: 
Encounters with Urban Studies (2021 Routledge, Open Access)

Care and the City is a cross-disciplinary collection of chapters examining urban social spaces, in which caring and uncaring practices intersect and shape people’s everyday lives. While asking how care and uncare are embedded in the urban condition, the book focuses on inequalities in caring relations and the ways they are acknowledged, reproduced, and overcome in various spaces, discourses, and practices.

This book provides a pathway for urban scholars to start engaging with approaches to conceptualize care in the city through a critical-reflexive analysis of processes of urbanization. It pursues a systematic integration of empirical, methodological, theoretical, and ethical approaches to care in urban studies, while overcoming a crisis-centered reading of care and the related ambivalences in care debates, practices, and spaces. These strands are elaborated via a conceptual framework of care and situated within broader theoretical debates on cities, urbanization, and urban development with detailed case studies from Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

By establishing links to various fields of knowledge, this book seeks to systematically introduce debates on care to the interconnecting fields of urban studies, planning theory, and related disciplines for the first time.

Open access version and announcement  
by Routledge

Virtual concept map of the book contents

KNIERBEIN, S. and VIDERMAN, T. (2018 Routledge)

Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition.

Through an exploration of emancipation in capitalist urbanization, this book argues the political is enacted through the everyday practices of publics producing space. This suggests democracy is a spatial practice co-constituted by residents, places and practices rather than an abstract professional field organizing people and movements.

Public Space Unbound brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to examine spaces, conditions and processes in which emancipatory practices impact the everyday life of citizens. We ask: How do emancipatory mo(ve)ments relate with public space under ‘post-political conditions’? In a time when democracy, solidarity and utopia are in crisis, is it still productive to claim future progress by urban revolution, or shall we rather look at small emancipatory mo(ve)ments that characterize present everyday life?

Announcement by Routledge

Review by Nicole Kirchberger in dérive

HOU, J.and KNIERBEIN, S. (2017 Routledge, in print)
City Unsilenced: Urban resistance and public space in the age of shrinking democracy.

What do the recent urban resistance tactics around the world have in common? What are the roles of public space in these movements? What are the implications of urban resistance for the remaking of public space in the "age of shrinking democracy"? To what extent do these resistances move from anti- to alter-politics?

City Unsilenced brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to examine the spaces, conditions and processes in which neoliberal practices have profoundly impacted the everyday social, economic, and political life of citizens and communities around the globe. They examine the commonalities and specificities of urban resistance movements that respond to those impacts. They focus on how such movements make use of and transform the meanings and capacity of public space. They investigate their ramifications in the continued practices of renewing democracies. A broad collection of cases is presented and analyzed, including Movimento Passe Livre (Brazil), Google Bus Blockades San Francisco (USA), the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) (Spain), the Piqueteros Movement (Argentina), Umbrella Movement (Hong Kong), post-Occupy Gezi Park (Turkey), Sunflower Movement (Taiwan), Occupy Oakland (USA), Syntagma Square (Greece), 1DMX (Mexico), Miyashita Park Tokyo (Japan), 15-M Movement (Spain), and Train of Hope Vienna (Austria).

By better understanding the processes and implications of the recent urban resistances, City Unsilenced contributes to the ongoing debates concerning the role and significance of public space in the practice of lived democracy and lived space.

Announcement by Routledge.

Review by Routledge

Interview with Jeff Hou in UW News.

Dates

16 November 2021

Urban Studies Online Soirée (Centre for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin / Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, TU Wien)  Impulse statements by Sabine Knierbein (Vienna) and Dorothee Brantz (Berlin). 18:15-19:45 Online.

2 December 2021

AESOP Thematic Groups Fika: Introducing the Thematic Group for Planning/Conflict, 13:00-14:30 (CET), online. More information.