Tag: Movements

  • Episode 72 — Rent Strike Series Part 3

    Episode 72 — Rent Strike Series Part 3

    This is episode three of the Rent Strike Series, focusing on the Veritas Tenants Association’s ongoing multibuilding rent strike in San Francisco to demand a say in the terms of sale of their buildings. In November 2023, the Prado Group assumed ownership of 20 Veritas-owned buildings, while on January 18, 2024, Ballast Investments and their partner…

  • Episode 69 – Rent Strike Series Part 2

    Episode 69 – Rent Strike Series Part 2

    This is episode two of the Rent Strike Series, focusing on the Veritas Tenants Association’s ongoing multibuilding rent strike in San Francisco to demand a say in the terms of sale of their buildings. On August 30, corporate landlord Ballast Investments won the auction for Veritas Investments’ delinquent debt and will take over 75 Veritas-owned…

  • Episode 63 – Russian Academia and Urban Activism in Times of War: Insights from St. Petersburg

    Episode 63 – Russian Academia and Urban Activism in Times of War: Insights from St. Petersburg

    Meet urban scholar Oleg Pachenkov who left Russia few weeks after the invasion of Ukraine. Markus speaks with him about his personal and professional trajectory as a critical scholar bringing him to Berlin. The conversation covers the breakdown of the public sphere in Russia within weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine and…

  • Episode 59 – Inside the Woman Life Freedom Movement in Iran

    Episode 59 – Inside the Woman Life Freedom Movement in Iran

    Listen to this gripping account from the current „Woman Life Freedom“ movement in Iran and its impact on cities and their inhabitants. The movement was sparked by the killing of Mahsa Jina Amini in the custody of the Islamic regime’s „morality police“ in September 2022. After several weeks of uprising, the media coverage in Western…

  • Episode 47 – Housing Expropriation Referendum in Berlin: How it was won and what comes next?

    Episode 47 – Housing Expropriation Referendum in Berlin: How it was won and what comes next?

    On the 26th of September over million Berliners voted to expropriate and return to public ownership over 200,000 homes in the city. Deutsche Wohnen und Co Enteignen targeted a number of large real estate companies in Berlin that had control of what had previously been social housing stock. The referendum is not legally binding, requiring…

  • Episode 42 – Housing struggles in Berlin: Part II Grassroots Expropriation Activism

    Episode 42 – Housing struggles in Berlin: Part II Grassroots Expropriation Activism

    On April 15, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court overturned Berlin’s rent cap. This immediately led to a massive spontaneous protest with 15,000 people voicing their concerns and proclaiming their right to the city. Moreover, within a week after the court’s decision the number of signatures for the grassroots campaign ‘Deutsche Wohnen & Co enteignen’ increased tremendously…

  • Episode 41 – Housing Struggles in Berlin: Part I Rent Cap

    Episode 41 – Housing Struggles in Berlin: Part I Rent Cap

    From Friedrich Engel’s series ‘Zur Wohnungsfrage‘ to the decision of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court on the #Berlin #RentCap last week: housing was and remains one of the crucial social issues of our time. Together with Andrej Holm, we discuss the social and political consequences of the Court’s decision that the Berlin state government had no…

  • Episode 36 – Mobilization and advocacy in contexts of massive urbanisation – Part 2

    Episode 36 – Mobilization and advocacy in contexts of massive urbanisation – Part 2

    Throughout the global south, many urban regions have become massive. In the familiar renditions of this notion, urban regions, mushrooming in population and spatial footprints, teeter close to chaos, environmental disaster, and ungovernability. Populations are being reshuffled, moved from one area to the other, something which an extensive landscape of built projects that never really…

  • Episode 35 – Mobilization and Advocacy in Massive Urbanization Contexts – Part I

    Episode 35 – Mobilization and Advocacy in Massive Urbanization Contexts – Part I

    Throughout the global south, many urban regions have become massive. In the familiar renditions of this notion, urban regions, mushrooming in population and spatial footprints, teeter close to chaos, environmental disaster, and ungovernability. Populations are being reshuffled, moved from one area to the other, something which an extensive landscape of built projects that never really…

  • 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 30 – The Revolutionary Movements in Algeria and Lebanon (AfterCorona #12)

    Episode 30 – The Revolutionary Movements in Algeria and Lebanon (AfterCorona #12)

    This episode delves deep into the ongoing revolutionary movements in Algeria and Lebanon. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Rana Sukarieh provide us with a rich and inspiring account of developments, offering social-economic background to the events of the last two years, outlining the main contours of the political struggles in the two countries and drawing comparative insights.…

  • Episode 28 – Urban Commonwealth (AfterCorona #10)

    Episode 28 – Urban Commonwealth (AfterCorona #10)

    On the basis of the book The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth, we discuss with Margaret Kohn her resuscitation of the early 20th century solidarist ideas and the links to the Lefebvrian notion of the right to the city. We challenge her on the question of scale and the role of the state in…

  • Episode 7- When Social Housing was Big

    Episode 7- When Social Housing was Big

    Post-war mass housing is at a crossroads in Western Europe. Demolition, densification, adaptation, or conservation? Two experts help us sort it out. Maren Harnack proposes what it requires to take advantage of the existing settlements from that period. And Miles Glendinning draws lessons of what we may learn from the experience of mass social housing…

  • Episode 6 – Reviewing Suburban Planet

    Episode 6 – Reviewing Suburban Planet

    Roger Keil’s new book, ‘Suburban Planet’, is a major contribution to (re)thinking the urban age in terms its peripheries rather than its centres. He seeks to provide us with a way of coming to terms with the process of suburbanization and the diversity of suburban forms. But does he succeed? And what are the political…

  • Episode 5 – Take Your Eyes Off the City Center!

    Episode 5 – Take Your Eyes Off the City Center!

    We are living on a suburban planet, if you ask Roger. He even wrote a book with that title. In the interview, he elaborates on the political implications of that condition. Situating his work on global suburbanisms in relation to the L.A. School and the debate around planetary urbanization, he flexes his intellectual muscles to…

  • Episode 4 – Bridging Urban Research and Action

    Episode 4 – Bridging Urban Research and Action

    The call to make academic research more socially relevant has become a commonplace. But what does it mean to for academic research to benefit urban activism? What is to be done when the logics of academia obstruct deeper activist engagements?  This roundtable engages these challenges with four seasoned activist-scholars. Kate and Uli work in academia…