In ‘Sexual Real Estate’, Nana Yaa has returned to Accra and is searching for an apartment. In doing so, both her and her friends learn more about their needs and wants and who they truly are. 



  3. International Conference on Digital Intelligence (Nantes): call for papers

    Digital Intelligence 2014 (#di2014) is a new international scientific and interdisciplinary conference dedicated to digital society and cultures. The challenge is to bring together researchers from various disciplines (ICT, humanities, biology & health…) in order to discuss and contribute to shape a new scientific and cultural paradigm.

    I am involved as a member of the Program Committee in the smart cities area, chaired by Stéphane Roche (Department of Geomatics, Université Laval - Québec, Canada). Here you can find the call for papers in case you want to submit a paper.

    (Source: humanscalecities)



  5. Former Yugoslavia has always been a breeding ground for conflict. Architecture played a big role at many turning points in the history of this area, both in the decades after the Second World War and during (and after) the Yugoslav War.


    Architect and urban planner Bogdan Bogdanović (1922 – 2010), originally from Belgrade, was one of the architects who designed these monuments. During the same period that he built and designed these monuments (1960 – 1980), he wrote 18 books and over 500 articles mostly on subjects like ‘the death of the city’, ‘the city in history’, ‘critique of the modern city’ and ‘utopias’. Besides that he taught at the architecture faculty of the University of Belgrade, served as mayor of Belgrade from 1982 until 1986, and during the 1990s fought against the ‘ritual killing’ of cities. He spent his whole life studying the rise and demise of cities, visiting many of them at the point that they were in ruins (some examples are Gdansk, Lviv, Arnhem, Rotterdam, Novgorod, Lubeck, Rouen). Bogdanović regarded cities as people, believing that each city had its own soul for which legibility and historical layering is important. He believed that when a city ceased to be legible, it was questionably no longer a real city, leading to its eventual actual demise.


    What is so special about these monuments is that they never represent the present, but always the past, the future or -as is the case with Bogdan Bogdanović- the eternity. Currently, in the present, the demolished cities that were described earlier employ architecture as continuation of the battle instead of rebuilding a city after the battle. Nowadays the monuments that are located within these destroyed cities are one of the few places that offer legibility and reflection (societal and historical). This makes them extraordinary places because destroyed cities are places where everything is burdened with tensions, and where truths and meanings are imposed. These cities do not have any counter-places. No places where culture and society are both represented, contested and turned upside down. This makes that the monuments can still fulfill an important role in the destroyed cities. A role that is perhaps even more important than the one these monuments used to have in the past.

    Arna Mackic

    (Source: stressfm-feed)


  6. In the 1970s, New York City was in grave fiscal crisis. Many in the middle class fled the city for the suburbs, deepening the city’s debt by the loss of their tax dollars. In 1975, the crisis reached a near breaking point, the cash-strapped city flirting dangerously with defaulting on its debts, which would have led to bankruptcy. Services were slashed, public-sector employees laid off; the city’s corporate and financial interests succeeded in rolling back the New York working class’s power.

    These service cuts, unsurprisingly, were felt most acutely in working-class neighborhoods populated primarily by minorities such as the Lower East Side. Those who couldn’t afford to move to the suburbs (or, indeed, who would choose not to) were faced with severely reduced trash pickup, slower fire department response times due to closed stations, and limited public transit service.

    On the Lower East Side, bank disinvestment exacerbated the already dire situation. Landlords, unable to refinance their properties due to redlining, abandoned buildings, some starting fires in an attempt to claim insurance money. These buildings became property of the city, entering in-rem forfeiture due to unpaid taxes. The city created the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to manage the buildings, which were warehoused empty rather than repaired and returned to the housing market — leaving a tremendous amount of housing stock vacant even as the numbers of the homeless grew.


    The Struggle for Space: lOYears of Turf battling on the Lower East Side

    by Sarah Ferguson 


    Tompkins Square Park Riot


  7. No relatório da UN Habitat, no “prospery index”, lisboa situa-se no segundo escalão: “solid prospery factors” (o primeiro escalão:”Very solid prospery); destacando-se pela positiva o Infrastructure Development Index e pela negativa o Equity Index; piores valores. neste index só na Cidade do México, São Paulo e Moscovo.

    Ler o relatório completo aqui:http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/745habitat.pdf


  8. Mas há vendedores que se queixam da quebra no movimento desde que a operação foi anunciada e moradores que temem pelo fim das festas que todos os fins-de-semana arrastam multidões vindas de favelas pacificadas – um baile funk até agora organizado pelos traficantes e um forró que todos os sábados junta nordestinos a viver na cidade. “Minha preocupação é essa, mais nada. Para nós é muito importante. É o meu ganha-pão. Trabalho aqui há mais de 25 anos, e se não houver mais forró com a ocupação, isso vai-me afectar”, lamentava-se o dono de quiosque no Parque União, uma das 16 favelas do complexo.

    Sobre o fim da economia real no Complexo da Maré após a ocupação polícial de ontem.

    in http://www.publico.pt/mundo/noticia/policias-e-militares-ocupam-mare-mar-de-favelas-a-entrada-do-rio-1630336


  9. A situação de um grupo de famílias em Setúbal que ocupou uma antiga fábrica.


  10. "Happy in RIO", a satirical video that shows current transformations of Rio de Janeiro


  11. Construir um Hotel na Baixa de Lisboa dá Direito a Prémio


  12. Bairros de Amadora juntam-se para dizer basta!


  13. A propósito da concentração de dia 26 de Março de 2014 em que 200 moradores de 6 bairros: Santa Filomena, Casal da Mira, Casal da Boba, Cova da Moura, Reboleira e Estrela de África; concentraram-se na reunião pública da Câmara Municipal da Amadora; aqui fica uma infografia publicada pelo Habita que ilustra os processos da habitação no Concelho da Amadora.

    Mais info em http://www.habita.info/



    Backstage room n.4 | 11a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Madame Palmeira
    Solves problems of badly laundered sheets, traffic jams from tourist’s buses, floods of cruise tourists, pick-pocket activity in trams, holes in the ground, derelict houses, buildings collapsing from neglect and speculation, sour pastries, cancelled bus routes, increasing homelessness, trouble finding jobs with Remax, tuk-tuks out of gas, hippo buses drowning, lack of nurseries, open-air shopping centers. Do you have problems with languishing public libraries, rapid suburbanization, gated communities without gates?

    Know where to invest and where to live, where to spend your vacations and where to bet. Business oportunity.

    Madame Palmeira sees beyond the evidence and unravels the fate of the city of Lisbon.

    Available on the 15th of March, between 11am and 4pm at Av. Frei Miguel Contreiras, 52, booth nº 2.

    Madame Palmeira was invited by the Observatório das Transformações XXXX da Cidade de Lisboa.

    (Source: belongshere)


  15. In most developing countries, well over half of the urban workforce is informal.[1] Yet informal workers – and their livelihoods – tend to be ignored or excluded in city planning and local economic development. No amount of social or financial inclusion can make up for exclusion from city plans and economic policies.


    Urban renewal schemes tend to intensify the disadvantages faced by the urban informal workforce. Consider the case of India where four out of five urban workers are informal. Across India today, urban renewal schemes are undermining urban informal livelihoods. Home-based workers are being forcibly relocated to the periphery of cities. Construction workers are being displaced by machines. Street vendors are being evicted from their traditional markets. Transport workers - bicycle rickshaw drivers, horse cart drivers, cart pullers, head loaders - are banned from certain roads. Waste pickers are denied access to waste and are not allowed to bid for solid waste management contracts. In the name of modernity and growth, 80 per cent of the urban workforce in contemporary India faces economic exclusion, if not loss of livelihoods. -