Rapid response to The London’s Housing Crisis and its Activisms Conference, associated with CITY’s Special Feature (issue 20.2)

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Rapid response to The London’s Housing Crisis and its Activisms Conference, associated with CITY’s Special Feature (issue 20.2) Rapid response to The London’s Housing Crisis and its Activisms Conference, associated with CITY’s Special Feature (issue 20.2)

Editorial: ‘This place is pre-something … ’

From domicide to spaces of hope: perspectives on the London housing crisis and beyond...

Editorial: ‘This place is pre-something … ’ Editorial: ‘This place is pre-something … ’



Figure 2 Focus E15 stall in Stratford Broadway, November 2014 (Photo: © Paul Watt).

London’s Housing Crisis and its Activisms Conference

Saturday 23rd April 2016

University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road,

Stratford, London E15 1NF

This one day conference launches a forthcoming CITY Special Feature on ‘London’s Housing Crisis and its Activisms’, co-edited by Paul Watt (Birkbeck) and Anna Minton (UEL)… more >>

Update: Academe or Agora? Re-situating the Urban Epistemology Debate

– On the debate that has arisen over the combined publication of Brenner and Schmid’s ‘Towards a new epistemology of the urban?’ and the response from Walker in City Issue 19: 2-3.

Free virtual special issue of CITY – Reclaim the city and the planet!

Virtual Special Issue flyer: Reversing urbanization?Free Virtual Special Issue of CITY from the CITY panel from this years Annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society, entitled ‘Reclaim the city and the planet!

Selection of articles from the journal free to download! http://bit.ly/cityvsi

See also: Editorial to the special issue Introducing and resituating a debate about ‘planetary urbanisation’


Permaculture, PhilippinesCities and the Planet

As the pace of ecological destruction and climate change accelerate globally, presenting greater and more widespread threats to humanity than ever before – we ask what kind of future lies ahead for the industrialised city? Over the last decade Adrian Atkinson’s work in CITY has looked in detail at the likely impacts of peak oil on urban space and our modern technological society, on the ‘downward passage’ and potential pathways of action for easing the coming transformation – on permaculture, transition, urban and peri-urban agriculture. We feature excerpts from a number of his papers here:

UPDATE: TED Talk with Adrian Atkinson | ‘Where is Our Civilisation Heading?’ | TEDxViennaSalon

Readjusting to reality: Urban and peri-urban agriculture to ease the downward passage
Readjusting to reality 2: Transition, (with Julie Viloria)

Contemplating the post-fossil fuel world
Cities after oil: what future is this, fast approaching?
Response to Monbiot’s “There’s enough [oil] to fry us all”: A look at what oil is left and what recovering it will mean for life on Earth

From the first 2 parts of a related series, CITY editor Bob Catterall explores the work of artist / filmmaker Patrick Keiller “The Robinson Institute” in relation to urban studies and political geography, its critique of the urbanization and possibilities for a rediscovering of nature and the commons:

Towards the great transformation: (1) Beyond ‘the urban revolution’
Towards the great transformation: (2) Nature, Marx’s ‘Old Mole’, and ‘Robinson’

Tom Bliss, 'The Urbal Fix' 2010See also on the topic of sustainable cities:

The Urbal Fix: creating truly sustainable cities, Tom Bliss
Building resilience and well-being in the Margins within the City, Rachel Unsworth (and others)


CITY Olympics special feature The London Olympics: contributors to this special feature in CITY explore London and other World Cities alongside the Olympics, as a specific yet incredibly influential transnational phenomenon; it’s corporate, military/securitised and class-conflict-dimensions.
– Editorial: ‘The Olympics, London – and Totalitarianism?’
– Interview: Games Monitor: Undermining the hype of the London Olympics, by Andrea Gibbons and Nick Wolff
Olympics 2012 security: Welcome to lockdown London, by Stephen Graham
See also: Class-ifying London: Questioning social division and space claims in the post-industrial metropolis, by Mark Davidson and Elvin Wyley.


The Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired occupations of public space by citizens in towns and cities all over the world – in response to the intensification of inhumane, neoliberal policies everywhere sacrificing 99% of people for the profits of the 1%. Following on from the hugely successful mass mobilization of the indignados in Spain, which occupied central plaza’s all over the country; and the same display of mass resistance in Syntagma Square in Greece, or Tahrir Square in Egypt, and beyond… read more >>
See also on OWS on our website:
“We are not commodities” – debating the future of occupy
WHAT SPACE TO OCCUPY IN NEW YORK: A Two-Site Solution?, by Peter Marcuse
The purpose of the occupation movement and the danger of fetishizing space, by Peter Marcuse
Open letter to: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, et al., by Peter Marcuse

Message from the Editor

City’s success derives from its distinctive mission. What other urban studies journal is able to appeal to researchers, activists and policy makers in equal measure? City has somehow managed to build much needed bridges between these communities. It enables conversations to occur between all those committed to a socially just and ecologically sane vision of city life. If City did not exist, you’d have to invent it.” (Professor Noel Castree, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester, UK)[i] City was originally founded as a journal with the distinctive mission (see Journal) that Castree defines – to bridge the gaps between urban researchers, activists and policy-makers – but also to reach a wider audience. The latter mission was to reach out beyond these three groups on its ‘home’ planet, in terms of the language of space travel, to ‘intelligent life outside.’ Read more…