1. Portugal telecom map

    Analysis of telecom data globally (shown above for Portugal) shows the extent to which communications networks (at left) may correspond to existing political or geographic regions (represented at right).

    Image: MIT Senseable City Lab

    (Source: mapsontheweb)

     

  2. "Tourist, shame on you": Disaster tourism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    By Lisa Wade PhD

    When tourists returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, there was a new site to see: disaster.  Suddenly — in addition to going on a Ghost Tour, visiting the Backstreet Cultural Museum, and lunching at Dooky Chase’s — one could see the devastation heaped upon the Lower Ninth Ward.  Buses full of strangers with cameras were rumbling through the neighborhood as it tried to get back on its feet.

    A sociology major at  Michigan State University, Kiara C., sent along a photograph of a homemade sign propped up in the Lower Ninth, shaming visitors for what sociologists call “disaster tourism.”

    Disaster tourism is criticized for objectifying the suffering of others.  Imagine having lost loved ones and seen your house nearly destroyed. After a year out of town, you’re in your nastiest clothes, mucking sludge out of your house, fearful that the money will run out before you can get the house — the house your grandmother bought and passed down to you through your mother — put back together.

    Imagine that — as you push a wheelbarrow out into the sunlight, blink as you adjust to the brightness, and push your hair off your forehead, leaving a smudge of toxic mud — a bus full of cameras flash at you, taking photographs of your trauma, effort, and fear.  And then they take that photo back to their cozy, dry home and show it to their friends, who ooh and aah about how cool it was that they got to see the aftermath of the flood.

    The person who made this sign… this is what they may have been feeling.

    Photo credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET News.com; found here.

    Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

    (Source: socimages)

     
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  4. Eve - So this is your worldliness? Detroit.

    Adam – Everybody left.

    Eve – What´s that?

    Adam -  Its the Packard fabric, Where they once built the most beautifull cars in the world. Finished

    Eve – But this place will rise again. There´s water here. When the cities in the south are burning, this place will bloom.

    DETROIT

     

  5. Várias famílias habitavam há mais de um ano os espaços comerciais do abandonado edifício da Voz do Operário em Arroios. Hoje, com a ajuda da polícia foram desalojadas. Houve resistências mas também resignação. Dizem, que a algumas, foi-lhes “arranjado” um quarto. Não se sabe é em que condições.

    Para o resto do dia, sobra à ruína a companhia dos funcionários da Junta de Freguesia de Arroios, que a oficializa, com tijolo e cimento.

     

  6. THE ART OF BEING MANYASSEMBLEIA DAS ASSEMBLEIAS? UMA TENTATIVA DE REVITALIZAR OS MOVIMENTOS SOCIAIS DA CIDADE? OU UM ACTO PERFORMATIVO?

    Este fim de Setembro a cidade de Hamburgo recepciona uma proposta ousada: concentrar actores e pensadores dos movimentos de democracia directa que fizeram a Europa mexer nestes últimos anos. 

    Muito provavelmente, a assumpção deste momento é antecedido da realidade da derrota. Estaremos lá para uma catarse colectiva? para reflectir? ou reinventar? Difícil, estaremos lá e logo se vê, mesmo que se antecipe a resposta.

    A proposta é organizada por geheimagentur. Prevê grupos de trabalho subordinados a: materiality and decision, timing and breaks, blockades and panic, vogue and voodoo, sound, systems and voices, affects and documents, real fictions. Posteriormente, uma assembleia de todos os participantes. partilhará as experiências, resultados e conclusões dos grupos de trabalho; para nos últimos dias, tudo ser discutido numa assembleia aberta à cidade.

    Mapa de participantes: AQUI.

     


  7. Mais um painel do INURA 2014.

    Este debate confronta pela primeira vez, no contexto de Belgrado, agentes com entendimentos diferentes sobre o papel da arte e da cultura no desenvolvimento urbano. Os pólos centram a base da discussão em torno do bairro de Savamala.

    De um lado, os que acreditam na transformação e reabilitação urbana através da arte; do outro a arte enquanto resistência à transformação capitalista do tecido social de um bairro.

    In this panel, we want to tackle what are possible interpretations of role of the culture in city development. What is its role in urban renewal and regeneration? What are the potentials to the local environment and how does its change local identities? Are these usages of culture anyhow connected to city strategies? What is the role of artists in urban renewal and capitalistic production?

    Sava Mahala (o Bairro do rio Sava) foi construído no início do século XIX como primeiro assentamento de Belgrado fora dos limites da fortaleza. É por isso um dos bairros mais antigos da cidade, depositário das suas mais antigas tradições e testemunha na sua organização boa parte da história contemporânea da Sérvia.

    Tradicionalmente habitado e vivido por marinheiros, estivadores, artesãos e prostitutas; vive um momento hibrido, fruto da desindustrialização, transformação das actividades portuárias da marinha mercante para os cruzeiros fluviais e também fruto da(s) guerra(s).

    Coexistem diversas tipologias de habitação: pátios, arquitectura socialista, espaços improvisados e ilegais, novos apartamentos, casas flutuantes.

    É apoiado nessas diversas tipologias que desenvolve-se grande parte da vida boémia de Belgrado. Entre música cigana ao vivo flutuando o rio até a espaços reabilitados ao estilo de centros sociais.

     
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  9. Algures em São João do Estoril, ali pero do acesso ao “Bidé das Marquesas”, Praia da Poça.

     

  10. Dias na Sukupira, Amadora.

     


  11. Solidariedade com os trabalhadores e residentes do Samacki Hoteli em Nova Belgrado

    Em Nova Belgrado, subúrbio de Belgrado, os antigos trabalhadores do Samacki Hotel estão em risco de ser despejados das suas residências. Em consonância com o socialismo de autogestão em vigor na ex-Jugoslávia, os alojamentos dos trabalhadores do Samacki hotel foram construídos através dos fundos de solidariedade provenientes dos seus salários. 

    Com o fim do socialismo, venda da empresa Mãe e consequente falência do comprador, os antigos trabalhadores do Hotel Samacki correm agora o risco de ser desalojados.

    Aqui fica a carta da rede INURA sobre o assunto:


    PUBLIC LETTER REGARDING THE HOUSING SITUATION OF FORMER TRUDBENIK CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN BELGRADE, SERBIA

    We write to you as members of the International Network of Urban Research and Action (INURA) who recently participated in the international conference “Between Big Ideas and Life’s Realities” June 22 – 29, 2014 in Belgrade and Tara. INURA is a network of people involved in research and action in localities and cities, including professionals, activists and researchers from community and environmental groups, universities and local administrations (see http://www.inura.org). INURA is also a member of the Habitat International Coalition, a global network for the right to housing and social justice.

    The conference in Belgrade/Tara was the 24th annual conference of INURA, and was attended by about 120 participants from more than 50 cities and 20 countries. As part of the official program, we visited a number of sites and projects, including an initiative representing the interests of residents of the so called Samački Hoteli in New Belgrade, Yuri Gagarin Street no. 139, and in Konjarnik, Luneta Milovanovića Street no. 6, built by the KMG TRUDBENIK in 1980 and 1964 respectively. We are writing to you in order to draw your attention to the very precarious living conditions of its residents and, in particular, to their unresolved housing situation.

    According to what we have learnt during our visit there, a group of over 210 people, most of them former workers of the well-known construction company KMG TRUDBENIK and their families, is threatened by eviction. Their accommodation, once built with the help of solidarity funds financed by the wages of all workers, was sold along with the whole company to the firm MONTERRA in March 2008 as part of the general privatization process in Serbia. Apparently, nothing was done by the state authorities to protect the status of the workers and residents of the Samački Hoteli from the arbitrariness and mismanagement of the new owners. When MONTERA declared bankruptcy in 2011, all previous arrangements were annulled. More than 500 workers were dismissed, left without any redundancy program or support from the government. It turned out that the “business” policy of the new owner was to plunder the company and profit from its dismantling, with no plans for future production or any obligations towards the workers.


    During our visits, we learnt that the residents of Samački Hoteli and similar accommodations have since been facing constant harassment and pressure, first by the management of MONTERRA and later by the bankruptcy trustee ERSTE BANKA and SOCIETE GENERALE BANKA and the Commercial Court who all want them to move out of their homes and to sell both buildings in order to repay the debts accrued under the management of MONTERRA. With the bankruptcy of TRUDBENIK, most tenants have become unemployed and are now threatened by eviction. The people who we talked to during our visits told us that they have no resources and no other place to go, and therefore they will most likely become homeless. Some families are also frightened that they will be separated, with their children being put in state-run homes while the adults end up on the streets.

    As INURA members, we come from different countries and are not familiar with the details of the privatization process in Serbia or the laws that enabled and accompanied it. However, we strongly believe that workers and their families should not become the pawns of highly irresponsible corporations and their incessant appetite for increased profits. We are convinced that the state and the city of Belgrade are responsible for the welfare of its citizens and residents and should therefore take action to prevent these workers and their families from becoming homeless and safeguard their right to housing. We therefore urge you to take action and protect the people living in the so called “Workers’ hotels” in Belgrade from harassment, housing insecurity and eviction. We furthermore urge you to make all possible efforts to work on a permanent solution for them and resolve their status as legal residents. We look forward to hearing from you about what steps you and your institution are planning to take. Thank you very much for your attention. Sincerely


    Members of INURA participating in the 2014 conference in Belgrade/Tara

     

  12. A influência dos digital media e redes sociais na construção do quotidiano urbano e suas formas, é o principal âmbito de The City as Interface, o último livro de Martijn de Waal, fundador do centro de investigação The Mobile City.

    No livro, o autor faz concorrer duas perspectivas possíveis a partir da utilização massiva dos new mediaa sua contribuição para o aumento do individualismo e liberalização dos modos de vida urbanos e; a possibilidade da construção de uma sociedade da comunidade de estranhos, aberta e democrática o “ideal republicano”.

     
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  14. As the crisis in Ferguson has shown, one issue with the militarization of the police is that military gear doesn’t come with military training. The U.S. Army’s handbook on civil disturbances states in no uncertain terms that the way that the approach that authorities take to crowd control can worsen a crisis—a factor that the St. Louis County Police Department apparently did not take into consideration.

    -War Veterans Criticize the Tactics of Military-Armed Police in Ferguson

    [Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]

    (Source: thisiscitylab)

     


  15. E chegado o último dia do Festival Cale, após a intensidade curiosa que pautou a presença da stress no Fundão, um regresso às origens. Afinal, quando celebramos a Rua da Cale (Kahal), de que falamos?

    Para aprofundar a interrogação, convidámos para a conversa José Travassos, sociólogo; e Maria Antonieta Garcia, doutorada em Sociologia; ambos, do seu modo, estudiosos da presença judaica na Cova da Beira.

    A presença judaica na Beira interior é maior do que a  reconhecida presença em Belmonte, estende-se à Idanha-a-Nova, Covilhã, Penamancor e Fundão. Falamos desse itinerário e das razões específicas da manutenção dessa presença na Beira. 

    De forma simples e acessível, recorrendo até a exemplos pessoais, percorremos os vestígios e práticas dessa história, não esquecendo a inquisição e os motins associados. 

    Por último, a conversa aborda as analogias possíveis entre a história judaica do Fundão e o carácter comercial e burguês da cidade, bem como com o movimento cultural e político oposicionista da década 70 do século XX. 



    Algumas referências para acompanhar a conversa:

    Motins do Fundão contra a Inquisição

    Judeus de Belmonte e o Poder Autárquico

    Cadernos de estudos sefarditas

    Uma estranha diáspora rumo a Portugal:Judeus e Cristãos-Novos Reduzidos à Fé Católica no Séc. XVII

    Mil Diabos da Capinha

    Moisés Abrantes

    Judeus de Penamacor e a Inquisição

    Bibliografia de Judaísmo em Portugal

    O Criptojudaísmo continua e Belmonte


    E ver também:

    Reportagem fotográfica

    Mesas redondas stress.fm no Festival Cale 2014

    A Stress.fm no Festival Cale