Urban Justice: Adventures in Radical Urban Theory
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December 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until January 26, 2019
One event on February 2, 2019 at 10:00am
One event on February 16, 2019 at 10:00am
One event on March 2, 2019 at 10:00am
Duration: 12 sessions. Biweekly Saturdays, starting September 8 and ending March 2, excluding December 29 and month of January
If urban justice is about the fair redistribution of all available resources; about the elimination of class distinctions; about ending gender and racial discrimination; about achieving environmental balance; about proper housing, food and education for all; then any activist specialization is useless on its own. Today, our struggle in knowledge must be to destroy our silos, and do what we can to merge all expertise into the dynamic totality of civic action, inside the active dimensions of broader social movements, reimagining within them the design and construction of other spatial possibles, of anti-capitalist formations, of structural change.
By exploring radical urban theories of the past and present, this course aims to challenge the way in which social movements and activisms function today and questions their true capacity to engage with the multi-scalar dynamics and modalities of contemporary capitalism. It invites activist to open up to de-specialize, to reflect and merge their knowledge with other knowledges and build trans-disciplinary actions and networks that can potentialize the global anti-capitalist struggles.
The theoretical scope of the course is organized according to the following 12 thematic clusters:
- Capitalism and the production of urban space
- Capitalism, Nature and the Environment
- Civil Society, Democratic Governance
- Spaces of Discrimination I: Gender, Sexuality, & The Household
- Spaces of Discrimination II: Race, Religion, & Class
- The right to the city and citizen participation
- Insurgent spaces of citizenship and contemporary trends
- Urban Commons and other horizontalities
- Urban systems, infrastructures and technologies
- Habitat, real-estate markets, and the right to housing
- Ecologies of fear
- Utopia and dystopia
Miguel Robles-DuránMiguel Robles-Durán is an urbanist and Associate Professor of Urbanism at the New School / Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is a Senior fellow at “Civic City”, a post-graduate design/research program based at the Haute École d’Art et de Design (HEAD) Geneva, Switzerland and … Read More ›