Green Inequalities: An inquiry into urban environmental gentrification


News of an upcoming event in Barcelona, next Friday. More information here.

Does the distribution of new environmental amenities become more or less equitable as cities implement greening agendas? How can we resolve the tension between the targeted economic and health benefits of urban green spaces that accrue to a few and the diffuse ecological benefits experienced by many?

The Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability is hosting an international workshop on urban environmental gentrification that will culminate in a free daylong inquiry into these questions. The event, to be held February 17, 2017 in Barcelona is free and open to the public. Experts in urban public health; gentrification; urban real estate and finance; community-based greening; and urban environmental planning will be paired up to interactively debate some of the core concerns underlying the emerging notion of environmental gentrification. Please RSVP with your name and number of…

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Parks, politics, and the general interest | Design studio at the School of Madrid


During this semester one of the courses I coordinate, ‘Urbanism and the City,’ will focus on the district of Chamberí, in Madrid, and particularly on some of its sites in contention, especially Parque Santander, better known as Parque del Canal de Isabel II, a space located over one of the biggest water reservoirs of the city. The place is sadly notorious for a wicked political management that perfectly illustrates how planning and urban design can become means to manipulate and produce a distorted ‘general interest’ that articulates political hegemonies and urban imaginations. Many years ago the regional government decided to transform the initially planned park in a space devoted primarily to privately-run sports facilities, dedicating most of the surface area to a huge artificial driving range for golfers—the ridiculous type shown at the end of Wim Wenders’ Tokyo-Ga. The change was justified on the grounds that golf was a…

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Nine Must-Read Texts About European Squatting Scenes

As we run our most recent crowdfunding project, we have taken a dive into the history of squatting as a practice of anti-capitalist resistance.In many parts of North America, it’s difficult to conceive of squatting as anything other than a romantic ideal – except for the fact that settler societies are squatter societies by nature, albeit of an objectionable variety. Meanwhile in Europe there are vibrant squatters’ movements in the Netherlands, Greece, Germany and many other countries. What’s the secret to their success? You might find a few clues in the books below.

nine-tenths of the law1. Hannah Dobbz – editor of “Nine-Tenths of the Law: Property and Resistance”

From AK Press, the publisher: “How does “property” fit into designs for an equitable society? Nine-Tenths of the Law examines the history of squatting and property struggles in the US, from colonialism to 20th-century urban squatting and the foreclosure crisis of the…

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Introducing NIU Iberian Studies Group



KRAX 2008 (66)

Damián Fernández (History)
“The End of the Ancient City in Iberia”

Timothy Crowley (English)
“Feliciano de Silva and Salamanca in the Early Sixteenth Century”

Brian Sandberg (History)
“Barcelona and the French Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period”

Stephen Vilaseca (Foreign Languages and Literatures)
“The Intersection of Technology, Poetic Expansion, and Visual Culture in Iberian Cities”

Monday, September 12
Noon—1:00 pm
Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

The Iberian Studies Group is an interdisciplinary community of Northern Illinois University faculty and students interested in the history, culture, and politics of Iberian societies from Antiquity to the Modern Era. The Group also explores cross-cultural and transnational approaches to Iberian societies, which includes the impact of Iberia on other regions (such as Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries) as well as the relationship between other cultures and regions and the Iberian Peninsula. The Iberian Studies Group focuses on ‘big questions’ that transcend any particular period or individual discipline and analyze Iberian societies from multiple perspectives.

CFP: Cities in the Luso-Hispanic World




The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is open to
scholarship that crosses the humanities and the social sciences
while giving priority to the urban phenomenon, in order to
better understand the culture(s) of cities. We are particularly
interested in essays that achieve some balance between
discussing an individual (or multiple) cultural/artistic
product(s) in depth (film, literature, music…) and also using
one of many social-science (geographical, anthropological,
sociological…) urban approaches to investigate a given city.

For this special volume, we are calling for papers
(7,000 to 10,000 words including references and notes)
grounded in urban processes in cities throughout the Luso-Hispanic

To submit, send an abstract by August 1, 2016 to:

Deadline for finished papers: February 1, 2017