TWo Framing the governance of urban space Kevin Stenson Politicians, planners, and academics use terms like ‘sustainability’, ‘security’, and ‘regeneration’ in persuading us that we need to manage the social dislocations and urban decay of late modernity and globalisation. Yet cities have always been a fulcrum of trouble. They grew at points of intersection: crossroads, river fords, and ports where streams of diverse travellers would collide and settle, in pursuit of trade, adventure, excitement, riches, romance, survival, conquest, and intrigue. They
restrictions, mental health issues and lack of money. We do not ignore these structural forms of inequality but, by providing a broader picture that includes refugee youth’s own perceptions and their active presence in and around various public spaces, we move beyond traditional, more formal studies of integration and provide space for new stories of citizenship and belonging (see also van Liempt and Staring, 2021 ). This book explicitly focuses on refugee youth’s negotiations of spatial, social and economic justices and injustices in the public urban spaces in which they
The ideas of Henri Lefebvre on the production of urban space have become increasingly useful for understanding worldwide post-industrial city transformation. This important book uses new international comparative research to engage critically with Lefebvre’s spatial theories and challenge recent thinking about the nature of urban space.
Meticulous research in Vancouver, Lowell MA and Manchester, England, explains how urban public spaces, including differential space, are contested and socially produced. Spatial coalitions, counter-representations and counterprojects are seen as vital elements in such processes. The book contributes critically to the post-industrial city comparative analysis literature. It provides an accessible guide for those who care about cities, public space, city planning and urban policy. This interdisciplinary book will be of interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of urban: geography, planning, policy, politics, regeneration and sociology. It will also be relevant for politicians, policy makers and urban activists.
185 SIX Manchester: (Re)presenting urban space Amid the various doubts and uncertainties with which ignorance and inattention have clouded the Roman geography of our island, no uncertainty has ever arisen and no doubt has ever been stated concerning the well- known claim of Manchester to the character of a Roman Station ... A Roman station has been acknowledged by all the antiquarians to have been constructed upon the bank of the Medlock and within the circuit of the Castle-field. And the station is considered by all of them to have been the denominated
103 FOUR Lowell: (Re)presenting urban space Space is never produced in the sense that a kilogram of sugar or a yard of cloth is produced … Does it then come into being after the fashion of a superstructure? Again, no. It would be more accurate to say that it is at once a precondition and a result of social superstructures. The state and each of its constituent institutions call for spaces – but spaces which they can organize according to their specific requirements. (Lefebvre 1991: 85) ‘I grew up in the city, have lived in Lowell all my life. I
Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic, urban lockdown containment measures and national economic crises are impacting in a large way both urban spaces and platform labor. Cities are transforming the way to live in, while platforms are adapting to these new background conditions. In this chapter we provide an overview on how platform labor was affected by COVID-19 and the implications this brings for urban planning and policies in the next months. 1 We will make use of some results from the Horizon 2020 PLUS project (Platform Labour in Urban Spaces
41 TWO Vancouver: (Re)presenting urban space … the production of a new space commensurate with the capacities of the productive forces (technology and knowledge) can never be brought about by any particular social group; it must of necessity result from relationships between groups – between classes or factors of classes … Only a political party can impose standards for the recruitment of members and so achieve ideological unity. It is precisely the diversity of the coalitions just mentioned that explains the suspicious attitude of the traditional
border proliferation ( Non Una di Meno, 2017 ; Belingardi et al, 2019 ; Cavallero and Gago, 2019 ). In the light of the transnational feminist struggle against men’s violence, the political urgency of rethinking forms of structural violence arising from urban space becomes apparent. From the feminist walk at night, to the opening of women’s houses, to marches and public protests, urban space has been a primary target for the feminist movements since the 1970s ( Roberts, 2016 ; Spain, 2016 ). Drawing on this genealogy, as feminists and urban scholars, we
99 FIVE Resource geographies in urban spaces: insights from developing countries in the post-2015 era Cristina D’Alessandro Introduction The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have made explicit and formal a growing trend and focus of the international community, academic scholarship and practitioners on the ground towards urban sustainability. ‘Urban sustainable development’ has been recognised as a complex issue with a variety of components, including: urban biodiversity and ecology; urban fresh water and food security; urban clean energy; urban
currently situated in Bangladesh, and the results of an in-depth ethnographic research project on young female migrants in Dhaka, which we carried out from March 2016 to October 2018. 3 For more than 20 years, women’s presence in the urbanscape of Dhaka increased exponentially, completely changing the face of this urban space. A recent study noted that before COVID-19, three out of every five migrants from rural areas were female, signifying a remarkable shift from the traditional male dominance in the labor force in urban areas. The job opportunities that opened up for