• Evictions and citizenship in Casablanca

    Thousands of residents of a self-built neighborhood have been evicted, their house demolished in few hours. They have been living there for almost a century; now they are camping near the ruins, and want to give up their Moroccan citizenship.

  • They died because they were poor

    It was a scandal when the UK opposition proposed to take over empty buildings to house survivors of Grenfell fire. But in the past politicians already adopted this kind of measures to face the housing crisis; obviously, forced by the squatting movement…

  • Camping in September

    Three interesting events this September: European Housing Action Camp in Lisbon from 21st to 25th, Right to the City Camp in Prague from 27th to 29th, Yimby festival in Boston from 20th to 23rd!

  • Auto-construction: for an autonomy of housing

    John F. C. Turner (*1927) is an English architect known for its engagement with the study and practice of self-construction. He was influenced by Patrick Geddes and anarchism, he studied in London’s Architectural Association, and very soon developed an interpretation of planning and architecture that does not overlook the relationship with its users

  • The second earthquake

    “Emidio di Treviri” is a working group performing research action in the areas hit by the 2016-2017 earthquake in central Italy. They are showing how the political management of post-catastrophe housing, consumption, health, are increasing social inequalities to the point of creating a social earthquake, even worse than the real one.

  • All cities are possessed

    “The aim is not to heal a sick space, but to free it from its evil condition: to save it. Urban space must be regenerated, its vices turned into virtues, its inhabitants redeemed from sin. The real enemy is not disorder, chaos, or poverty; the real enemy is the devil […]

  • Knowledge is in the neighborhoods

    Neighborhoods are the collective ability of people to acknowledge the existence of the other. No surprise they are constantly under attack. With them, also the knowledge they represent are attacked, and the words and concepts that in neighborhoods are born and grow.

  • The city and the skin: public space and pudic space

    The skin is the deepest thing there is. The fissures of the skin, the striate wrinkles of the flesh, reveal the word and the action. In the entrails of the streets, in the corners of the small alleys, urban life palpitates in revenge against urban planning.

  • To repopulate is not a crime!

    All across Europe, hundreds of people are re-building self-sufficiency in lands that nation-states devote to huge infrastructures, often useless or harmful. Is the occupation of abandoned villages an anti-urban choice? In a system of production that sacrifices so much territory to the needs of the city, we should rather consider these places as urban peripheries.

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They died because they were poor

24/09/2018 0

It was a scandal when the UK opposition proposed to take over empty buildings to house survivors of Grenfell fire. But in the past politicians already adopted this kind of measures to face the housing crisis; obviously, forced by the squatting movement…

Camping in September

17/09/2018 0

Three interesting events this September: European Housing Action Camp in Lisbon from 21st to 25th, Right to the City Camp in Prague from 27th to 29th, Yimby festival in Boston from 20th to 23rd!

Auto-construction: for an autonomy of housing

04/09/2018 0

John F. C. Turner (*1927) is an English architect known for its engagement with the study and practice of self-construction. He was influenced by Patrick Geddes and anarchism, he studied in London’s Architectural Association, and very soon developed an interpretation of planning and architecture that does not overlook the relationship with its users

The second earthquake

31/07/2018 0

“Emidio di Treviri” is a working group performing research action in the areas hit by the 2016-2017 earthquake in central Italy. They are showing how the political management of post-catastrophe housing, consumption, health, are increasing social inequalities to the point of creating a social earthquake, even worse than the real one.

All cities are possessed

16/02/2018 0

“The aim is not to heal a sick space, but to free it from its evil condition: to save it. Urban space must be regenerated, its vices turned into virtues, its inhabitants redeemed from sin. The real enemy is not disorder, chaos, or poverty; the real enemy is the devil […]

Knowledge is in the neighborhoods

23/10/2017 0

Neighborhoods are the collective ability of people to acknowledge the existence of the other. No surprise they are constantly under attack. With them, also the knowledge they represent are attacked, and the words and concepts that in neighborhoods are born and grow.

The city and the skin: public space and pudic space

06/08/2017 0

The skin is the deepest thing there is. The fissures of the skin, the striate wrinkles of the flesh, reveal the word and the action. In the entrails of the streets, in the corners of the small alleys, urban life palpitates in revenge against urban planning.

To repopulate is not a crime!

18/05/2017 0

All across Europe, hundreds of people are re-building self-sufficiency in lands that nation-states devote to huge infrastructures, often useless or harmful. Is the occupation of abandoned villages an anti-urban choice? In a system of production that sacrifices so much territory to the needs of the city, we should rather consider these places as urban peripheries.

First International Conference on Anarchist Geographies

05/01/2017 0

The choice of doing the first conference in an Italian small town like Reggio Emilia, where an established local anarchist movement already promoted events and publications on anarchist geographers is instrumental to the capital tasks of continuing a discussion among scholars and militants from different linguistic and cultural areas, and ensuring discussions involve grassroots movements and militant situations outside the academy.

More about Barcelona’s Vila Olímpica

15/09/2016 0

The Vila Olímpica is the biggest planned intervention of Barcelona in the 20th century. Its construction required the demolition of the old buildings and the eviction of its residents, as in the hygienist urban planning of the 19th century. However, some exiled memories survived the destruction, and come back to life whenever one of the evicted returns in his/her former neighborhood.

Crossing the capital of culture: summer in Marseille

26/08/2016 0

What happened with the Euromediterranée, an ambitious project that costed over 3,5 billion euros, and that transformed 480 hectars? Can we get rid of it by simply calling it gentrification? A commentary by two Italian planners, R. Marchini & A. Sotgia.

Same old story in Milan: The destruction of Isola

07/08/2016 0

In crossing the Isola neighborhood in Milan, whoever knows Barcelona suffers a kind of déja vu. The same buildings, the same companies, the same destruction as in Poblenou in 2004. Nouvel is replaced by Boeri, and the Universal Forum of Cultures with the Expo 2015.

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War and gentrification in Kurdistan

17/10/2016 0

War and urban renewal mingle
in south-eastern Turkey, where the government wages its war against the kurdish movement also through the demolition of traditional neighborhoods and the displacement of residents in huge public-housing blocks.

City Life: From victims to activists against real estate speculation

23/03/2016 0

Boston has today the highest income divide of the US: evictions invariably hit latinos or afroamerican neighborhoods. City Life / Vida Urbana since the 1970s keeps building a network of mutual aid among those who suffer the consequences of these housing policies, also through the use of theater, rituals, symbols.

Life in the ruins of old Nanjing

30/10/2015 0

The anthropologist Ye LIN invites us to look at the demolition of a neighborhood in Nanjing – very near to the spot in where the Youth Olympic Games were held in 2014. Ye studies the impact on the residents of the whole process, also highlighting how our idea of “community” influences the way we judge this kind of interventions.

El Haouma, that is, the neighborhood

09/06/2015 0

What happened to these young men that were so celebrated in 2011, the main actors of the so-called ‘arab springs’? In recent years we only hear news about politicians, leaders, terrorists… but what about normal people, where have they been? The answer is simple: in their neighborhoods. In Hay Hlil, in Oukacha, in Hezbet el Haggana, where there is the same anger and frustration that there was before the protests.

Sydney, a (post)colonial city

22/11/2014 0

On the occasion of the opening of “Australian ‘Ndrangheta”, webpage of a UCL research group of which our friend Stephen BENNETTS is a member, we propose a series of interesting videos and texts from the other corner of the world, on topics such as the expulsions of Aboriginese from native lands and urban neighborhood as Sydney’s Redfern.

Root shock: how the destruction of black communities hurt the US

01/04/2014 0

Mindy Fullilove calls “root shock” the trauma suffered by 1600 Afro-American communities displaced from the city centres of the US since 1949. In her book “Root Shock” (2004) she uses the metaphor of transplantation, a trauma after which, if repeated, many plants can’t recover. Even the transition from the pleasure of jazz, born in the old ghettos, to the anger of rap, product of the new peripheries, is a manifestation of root shock; it is a trauma for those who suffer it, and for society as a whole.

Unlearning the colonial roots of planning

28/12/2013 0

We have been long aware that urban planning, in itself, has something to do with colonialism. But we hadn’t still found a perspective so complete as the one developed by the Australian urbanist Libby PORTER, who studies urban planning as an instrument for spatial exclusion of the aboriginal population: urbanism as a complement and continuation of colonization.

Where there be dragons: Multiple modernities in Kathmandu

10/11/2013 0

As opposed to the orientalist stereotypes depicting Kathmandu (Nepal) as a place out of time and of the world, the social reality of Nepal reveals an admirable vivacity. Artists and intellectuals participate in this debates, contributing to make it a laboratory of postsecularism and “multiple modernities”.

The protector of Phnom Penh

21/09/2013 0

Outsized buildings erected suddenly and without any order; the police occasionally killing protesters; traditional healers slowly converting the millions of ghosts of the genocide in ancestors and protectors of the land. A look on Cambodia’s capital.

Wastelands: Weizman on military urbanism

03/05/2013 0

The spatial conflict over Palestine has re-articulated a certain principle: to be governed the territory must be constantly redesigned. This goes beyond a search for a stable and permanent “governable” colonial form, but rather points to the fact that it is through the constant transformation of space that this process of colonization has played out. Unpredictability and the appearance of anarchy are part of this violent logic of disorder.

Tijuana’s Flowers of the Rancho

24/10/2012 0

Our friend Anna BOSCH had been giving a workshop in participatory photography at Rancho Las Flores, a spontaneous settlement in Tijuana: shanties and self-made houses less than 1km from the most frequently crossed international border in the world. In few cities the inhabitants are so heavily influenced by images built from outside: Tijuana is represented alternately as borderland or as “center of the universe”; as a city without law, or as a “perfect place” for US tourists.

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Words of Women from the Egyptian Revolution

27/04/2012 0

The first chapters of Words of Women from the Egyptian Revolution are online. The independent troupe of Leil-Zahra MORTADA had been updating this series of videos whose trailers we already linked in a previous post.

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Chapter 1: Rasha Azab. 29 years old, journalist. She had been involved in social movements since 2000. In the west, she explains, they promote an image of egyptian activists as sweet and non violent: this is a strategy to calm down the protests. “No revolution happens for Twitter or Facebook. Revolutions occur when people take the streets, resist, die, sacrify important things”.

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Memory of Reclaimed Urban Space in New York

22/03/2012 0

Lower East Side, the small, enigmatic and still resistant neighborhood in Manhattan, (NYC), still keeps the marks of a long history of squatting and counterculture, evidenced by many spaces such as housing projects, social centers and community gardens. The neighborhood is undergoing a strong gentirification process in which squatting has played a special role through recuperation of spaces and local social life. One of these spots provides accomodation for an interesting project of retrieval of the historical live heritage of the neighborhood. MORUS, or Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, is a small but dynamic museum meant to present squatting and its influence on the neighborhood in an innovatory form, at the same time underlining its live traces. Its promoters intend to show how community and grassroot organizations in East Village helped to transform abandoned buildings and empty lots in spaces for a vibrant community as well as contagious for those who visit it from outside.

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Istanbul, a city without limits. Documentary movie

15/11/2011 0


“In Istanbul, we crossed the ecological limits, crossed the population limits, crossed the ecological limits. If you ask me where it is all going to lead, I will quote from Doğan Kuban: chaos” Mücella Yapıcı, chamber of architecture of Istanbul.

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Herstory of the revolution: words of rebel egyptian women

11/08/2011 0

“Allowing my daughter to sleep in Tahrir, of course, was a revolutionary decision. This is the effect of the revolution on our way of thinking and dealing with things“.Hanan Sadek, 52, works in an oil company

I’ll never forget the way that soldier looked. He wouldn’t look at me, he was looking away. Deliberately trying to avoid eye-contact with me, and he was crying. Then all at a sudden they all started to shoot at the same time Sanaa Seif, 17, student

We were living with our eyes closed. We didn’t use to see what is in front of our eyes” Mona Hussein, 50, housewife

Every week, the independent equipe of Leil-Zahra MORTADA uploads in “Words of Women from the Egyptian Revolution” a short video: the revolution should not be explained as dominant history always does, as virile adventures of heroes and martyrs. Herstory is the version that even revolution enthusiasts try to keep silent: because the existence of rebel arab women is too big a contradiction for the standard version of history.

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Lo que somos

¿Cómo cambia la ciudad? ¿cómo reaccionamos los habitantes a las transformaciones de nuestro entorno? El Grupo de Trabajo de Periferias Urbanas del Instituto Catalán de Antropología pretende buscar formas de abordar las dinámicas de modificación del paisaje humano que acompañan las transformaciones del paisaje urbano, es decir, las ciudades. Estando allí, en las periferias, es decir lejos de los centros de poder; creando vínculos nuevos con sus habitantes; intentando comprender, explicar, describir, siempre en dirección de una aplicación práctica y pública del conocimiento.

Una mención prestigiosa

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El proyecto Repensar Bonpastor y nuestro grupo de trabajo han sido reseñados por Denise Lawrence-Zuniga en American Anthropologist vol.114, sept.2012, pp.526-527. Bajar PDF del artículo :: un interesante episodio

Otra mención prestigiosa

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También Beltrán Roca nos ha mencionado en un artículo en Libre Pensamiento, n.71, primavera 2012, como un ejemplo de "la antropologia anarquista que casi existe".

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