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How does a global financial crisis permeate the spaces of the everyday in a city?CITY, Crisis-scape event, at SOAS, Khalili Theatre, Sat 11 October

Athens and beyond…cities in financial/economic/social crisis

How does a global financial crisis permeate the spaces of the everyday in a city? An exploration through film, presentations, and discussion of Athens, a city in crisis and under authoritarian control. Are the same features appearing, if less starkly but just as insidiously, elsewhere? What is to be done? Check out the virtual special issue of CITY here for related articles – free access! http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/ccit-vsi-athens


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’



Feature

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 lays 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:

- 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)



Feature

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.


Feature

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…