Latest issue of the CITY journal, Volume 18, Issue 4-5 out now

ccit20.v018.i04-05.coverThe latest issue of the CITY journal is now available, and all the papers in this issue is free to download! I am pleased to find my own picture (depicting the two main slogans of Shanghai World Expo 2010) included as cover image of this issue.

In this issue, there are two special features, one on The Production of Shared Space in Northern Ireland and another on Crisis-scape: Athens and Beyond. The latter is a collection of papers originally presented at a conference with the same title, which took place in May 2014. My own paper Contesting Speculative Urbanisation and Strategising Discontents is also included in this special feature, along with Tom Slater’s passionate piece on Unravelling False Choice Urbanism. Also recommended are the pieces by Stavros Stavrides on Emerging Common Space as a Challenge to the City of Crisis, and by Nasser Abourahme who wrote his own reflection on the’s recent documentary Future Suspended.

  • Click here to watch the documentary Future Suspended. This made me think again what has happened in South Korea at the time of the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis. I should revisit the experience and produce my own account sometime…

The editorial piece by the journal’s editor-in-chief Bob Catterall, has wonderfully captured the essence of own paper, and made a perceptive connection with the key features covered in this issue. See here for the editorial piece, “Editorial: ‘City makes your life happier’?“. Continue reading

[Conference] Crisis-scapes: Athens and beyond, Athens, 9-10 May 2014

Upon kind invitation from the crisis-scape research team based in Athens, Greece, I am giving a paper in this exciting event to be held between 9 and 10 May 2014. Many thanks to Antonis Vradis in particular for making things really smooth and enjoyable. The team has put together an excellent line-up of speakers, which can be found out on the conference site.

click on the image to go to the conference site

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My session is in Panel 4 on the second day with the session title of “The Right to the City in Crisis”. My paper on the right to the city in China is to appear shortly on the conference site. It builds upon my earlier paper from Antipode, The Right to the City and Critical Reflections on China’s Property Rights Activism (click here) and my short essay on China’s speculative urbanism.

The organisers also video-recorded all the talks and put these online, which can be found here.

Below is my own talk, lasting a little less than 20 minutes.