50 years after his writings, Henri Lefebvre’s contributions gathered in this bilingual book pursue the goal of adjusting and reclaiming the concept of “right to the city”. Parallel to a critical examination of the concept of everyday life, of alienation in times of digitalization, and of conceivable strategies of individual and collective appropriation of space, the book examines the connection between urban politics, activism, and art at a time when extensive privatization, migration, and precarization have fundamentally changed the urban landscape and the lives of the people who live in it.
With contributions by Klaus Ronneberger, Christian Schmid, Christoph Schäfer, Stadt von Unten, Ulrike Hamann, Daniele Togozzi, Johanna Gilje, Uroš Pajović, Benjamin T. Busch, Elisa T. Bertuzzo.
Edited by KOLLEKTIV QUOTIDIEN: Victoria Claire Anderson, Elisa T. Bertuzzo, Johanna Gilje, Lin Nowicki, Uroš Pajović, Daniele Tognozzi.
Bruno de Meulder, Kelly Shannon
A clear, grounded and critical overview on the human settlements discipline over the last 60 years, its consolidation as a field of practices in the 1970es and its intellectual and practice-oriented evolution until today. The main object of interest is hereby urbanism, whose capacity to integrate a science of and action upon the city comes to the fore in the human settlements practice. In urbanism, the specificity of design connects with non-specific issues such as social exclusion, poverty, unsustainable construction and urban growth. The selection of keystone urbanistic interventions in the 60es-80es exemplifies how different practitioners handled these issues and interpreted this relationship, at the same time delineating changing paradigms in the discipline. The third session presents contemporary approaches to human settlements that contextualise the “lessons learnt” but also mirror the ongoing discussions and different positions in the field.
de Meulder/Shannon (eds.), Human Settlements: Formulations and (re)Calibrations. UFO series 2, Amsterdam: OSA/SUN architecture Publishers 2010.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
In her intervention into the “Asian Century”, Spivak re-thinks Asia in its political and cultural complexity within debates on the “Global South”, modernity and urbanisation. The collected essays present deep-going reflections e.g. on Afghanistan’s historical and engendered narrative, on de-localisation and diaspora, on the limits of “theory” vis-à-vis everyday hegemonial structures in Bangladesh, on Bangalore’s cyberliteracy , as well as on the turbulent “present” of the Caucasus. With their passionate and irreducible critique of pre-formulated identities, they contribute to a pluralised, non-generalised idea of Asia and set the basis for the development of a “continental pedagogy” that never evades singularity.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Other Asias. Malden/Oxford/Victoria: Blackwell Publishing 2005.