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Spring Break!!!

Last week unwanted Spring snow kept us from meeting.

This week, we’ll give our brains a proper rest for spring break.

Hope to see you next week!

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Production of informal settlements through the agency of planning in the cities of the global south (The case of Miyanabad informal settlement, Tehran, Iran)

Please join us for lunch this Friday at 1pm in the Lang Building room 263 to hear Arman Fadaei, Iranian urban planner, PhD candidate from Politecnico di Milano and visiting researcher at Penn.

“Legal frameworks as the backbone of urban management and planning systems play a fundamental role in shaping urbanity. In this regard, the emergence of informal settlements of the global south is traceable in exclusionary legal frameworks of “land use planning and regulation”. The current models of urban planning implemented in the southern cities are mainly based on blueprint type master planning and a reference framework charting the overall configuration and direction of future urban growth. However these models have no been able to accommodate the rapid rate of urban growth in the cities of global south and have led to emergence of informal settlements which manifest inadequate conditions of living. My research is an attempt to detect the role of urban planning and its regulatory framework in production of informality.”

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Join us on 2/20, for a conversation with Susan Parnell from UCT

This semester Urban Sessions is exploring the relationship between universities and their surrounding communities- for better or for worse, domestically and abroad. This week’s conversation will include insights from Susan Parnell, a researcher and professor with the African Center for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

 

Susan Parnell’s early academic research was in the area of urban historical geography and focussed on the rise of racial residential segregation and the impact of colonialism on urbanisation and town planning in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1994 and democracy in South Africa her work has shifted to contemporary urban policy research (local government, poverty reduction and urban environmental justice). By its nature this research is not been purely academic, but has involved liasing with local and national government and international donors. Sue is also on the boards of several local NGOs concerned with poverty alleviation, sustainability and gender equity in post-apartheid South Africa. She serves on a number of national and international advisory research panels relating to urban reconstruction.

 

For more information on her writings and published work see her profile at ACC here.

 

We will be meeting from 1pm-3pm at 65 West 11th Street, Room 263. As always, food will be available. Bring your own coffee, insights, and questions.

 

See you then!

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Agenda 12/5, “Governing but not Producing: The Unfoldings and Blockades of Urban Redevelopment in Downtown Bogota” by Jose Antonio Ramirez

Jose is currently completing his PhD at Columbia University in Urban Planning.

Jose’s long-standing academic interests revolve around regimes governing in Latin American cities, with a particular focus on notions of urban development, planning knowledge, governance and citizenship, as well as practices of spatial segregations and urban displacement.  His current research focuses on the planning and implementation of urban redevelopment policies in downtown Bogotá.

Please join us for an interesting discussion and as always, a warm meal. We will be in 65 West 11th St. Room 102. Starting at 1pm.

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Agenda for 10/17 Meeting

For next week’s meeting, we should all have at least one idea of what to do with the Robert Neuwirth space. This is an artist space in Bed-Stuy that has hosted events such as PopUp Shop where artists and creators emulated an informal market and functioned without the use of hard currency. We would like to help put on an event in this space that takes our theories, thoughts, passions, and interests and puts them into practice. Taking the laboratory out of the classroom and into the city.

This shouldn’t be a difficult task to cause stress, it should be something you are interested in doing and related to a topic you care about. It does not need to be original either, if you have an example real or imagined that will help the process!
We plan to spend next Friday in our usual space, 65 West 11th (in the room behind the security guard) working out the details of an event we will have in Bed-Stuy at Robert’s space. This will be in conjunction with HubUb folks and hopefully some people from outside our program/school/etc.
The goal is to have a well-formed idea of what we want to do and an understanding of the steps that needed to be taken in order to execute this idea. So please come with some ideas on themes, areas of interest, and/or project examples. Also, bring an appetite because we had far too much leftover today.

Happy Friday!

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