Tag: Commons

  • Episode 74 -In Conversation with Jean-David Gerber (The Urban Lives of Property Series III)

    Episode 74 -In Conversation with Jean-David Gerber (The Urban Lives of Property Series III)

    This episode of the Urban Lives of Property Series expands discussions geographically and conceptually: Our guest in this episode, Jean-David Gerber, helps us think property from Switzerland and other places. Starting off with the observation that there is no single understanding of property, Jean-David argues that it is important for any consideration to be context-specific…

  • Episode 68 – Book Review Roundtable: Against the Commons: A Radical History of Urban Planning

    Episode 68 – Book Review Roundtable: Against the Commons: A Radical History of Urban Planning

    Against the Commons underscores how urbanization shapes the social fabric of places and territories, lending awareness to the impact of planning and design initiatives on working-class communities and popular strata. Projecting history into the future, it outlines an alternative vision for a postcapitalist urban planning, one in which the structure of collective spaces is defined by…

  • Episode 64 – In Conversation with Vera Smirnova  (The Urban Lives of Property Series II)

    Episode 64 – In Conversation with Vera Smirnova  (The Urban Lives of Property Series II)

    In this second part of the series Urban Lives of Property, Hanna and Markus talk to Vera Smirnova, a human and political geographer to discuss property and territory from a Russian perspective. Smirnova’s genealogical account moves from the Czarist period to this day, illuminating also the current Russian invasion of the Ukraine. Smirnova offers a…

  • Episode 62 – In Conversation with Nick Blomley (The Urban Lives of Property Series I)

    Episode 62 – In Conversation with Nick Blomley (The Urban Lives of Property Series I)

    This podcast series explores the “life of property” in urban theory and practice. In conversations with scholars who have led the way in property debates, it aims is to advance conceptual and theoretical groundwork on this notion that fundamentally shapes everyday urban lives and political discussion about the city. Within the social sciences and critical…

  • Episode 61 – Are Community Land Trusts Transformative?

    Episode 61 – Are Community Land Trusts Transformative?

    Community land trusts are proliferating across the globe, promoted as a potential solution to the ever-worsening affordable housing crisis. CLTs provide a mechanism for decommodification, collective ownership, and community control; however, those ideals are hard to operationalize, and many CLTs function more as traditional affordable housing providers than as urban commons. This episode discusses the…

  • Episode 50 – Community and Commons (Urban Concepts)

    Episode 50 – Community and Commons (Urban Concepts)

    In this first episode of the Urban Concept series, Louis Volont (MIT, Boston) and Thijs Lijster (University of Groningen) discuss with Talja Blokland (Humboldt University, Berlin) the concepts of community and commons and consider implications for urban research and action. The key argument revolves around the idea of community as a practice, not an owning,…

  • Episode 45 – Housing Commons & Collectives: European & US Perspectives

    Episode 45 – Housing Commons & Collectives: European & US Perspectives

    After discussing expropriation efforts in Berlin recently, this episode will widen the discussion of housing commons to perspectives, differences, and potentials in Europe and the US. Housing was and remains one of the crucial social issues of our time. From Friedrich Engels discussion of the housing question to the idea of ‘commons’ gaining more traction…

  • Episode 34 – Radical Municipal Politics in Latin America since the 1990s

    Episode 34 – Radical Municipal Politics in Latin America since the 1990s

    Gianpaolo Baiocchi offers us an historical overview of what he terms Radical Cities in Latin America and draws out some lessons from the past 30 years. Comparing these experiences to municipal politics in Europe and elsewhere, he highlights the distinctive features and charts the ups and downs of these urban movements. Massive suburbanization, metropolitan fragmentation…

  • Episode 32 – Murray Bookchin, Municipalism, Popular Democracy and Left Politics

    Episode 32 – Murray Bookchin, Municipalism, Popular Democracy and Left Politics

    In this podcast we discuss the work of Murray Bookchin, relating it to the experiences and debates around municipalism and wider left political practices and theory. With our guests (Blair, Hilary and Kate) we focus the discussion on the recent edited collection of Bookchin’s work: The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct…

  • Episode 21 – Blaming Density (AfterCorona #4)

    Episode 21 – Blaming Density (AfterCorona #4)

    Is density really the key variable to explain the dynamics of the pandemic? Colin McFarlane takes a critical look at accounts that blame urban density for the drama that is unfolding in many cities. McFarlane discusses how racalized divisions are exacerbated in this situation and how new inequalities are produced. Considering Arundhati Roy’s metaphor of…

  • Episode 20 – Urban Logics of Action (AfterCorona #3)

    Episode 20 – Urban Logics of Action (AfterCorona #3)

    Drawing on insights from her latest book “Global Urban Politics”, Julie-Anne Boudreau puts the current response to the coronavirus in Mexico City and Montreal in a larger frame of understanding. She elaborates on the difference between urban and state logics of action and its importance to grasping the divergent situations. As a point of hope,…

  • Episode 19 – Inequalities of the Lockdown (AfterCorona #2)

    Episode 19 – Inequalities of the Lockdown (AfterCorona #2)

    Drawing on her understanding of community as an urban practice and her recent research on social and educational inequalities in Berlin, Talja Blokland underlines how the lockdown exacerbates inequalities in view of labor, education, and social capital. She presents her argument why digital media cannot replace the vital functions that social interactions in physical space…

  • Episode 18 – The New Municipalism (part 2)

    Episode 18 – The New Municipalism (part 2)

    In the second part of the New Municipalism series, Ross talks to Barcelona-based scholar-activist Laura Roth. She talks about the Spanish experience, particularly in relation to Barcelona en Comú, the movement party, which has been in minority government since 2014. Laura talked about a range of issues, including the importance of feminism to new municipalism,…

  • Episode 17 – Digital Community Organizing (AfterCorona #1)

    Episode 17 – Digital Community Organizing (AfterCorona #1)

    In a moment of self-isolation and physical distancing, digital media promises ongoing civic deliberation and community organizing. Nathan Schneider helps us explore the role of social media for mutual aid and peer production in times of corona. He elaborates on the key decision we face between subscribing to corporate platforms and digital cooperatives that are…

  • Episode 16 – The Urbanization of COVID-19

    Episode 16 – The Urbanization of COVID-19

    Three prominent urban researchers with a focus on infectious diseases explain why political responses to the current coronavirus outbreak require an understanding of urban dynamics. Looking back at the last coronavirus pandemic, the SARS outbreak in 2002/3, they highlight what affected cities have learned from that experience for handling the ongoing crisis. Exploring the political…

  • Episode 12 – Editorial Talk

    Episode 12 – Editorial Talk

    Having successfully completed its initial test-phase, our podcast steps into higher gear. A good time for us to reflect on our experience so far and to plan for the next couple of months. Join us in our 15 mins editorial talk!

  • Episode 11 – Oh, What Do You Do To Me? the City says to Tinder

    Episode 11 – Oh, What Do You Do To Me? the City says to Tinder

    Looking for Love? Over the past decade, the market for online dating has been booming. And this did not leave the offline city unaffected. Listen to Sam Miles’ sharp account on what online dating is all about and what it has to do with the urban. Far from being an innocent tool of the lonely…

  • Episode 10 – On Metrolingualism

    Episode 10 – On Metrolingualism

    In a city, the idea of “standard language” falls apart. Linguistic researchers explain how urban space becomes a vital part of our ability to communicate in multilingual contexts. Think about “spatial repertoires” as the basis for communication. A market in Berlin-Kreuzberg, one of our guests’ research site, is the backdrop to illustrate how Turkish, Kurdish,…