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16. April 2022 – 10:02

30th INURA Conference

June 25 – 27, followed by the retreat June 28 – 29 , register here. Early bird registration until April 20.

 

2. March 2022 – 20:51

War in Ukraine – message from Kharkiv

Kharkiv, March 1, 2022
We have just been attacked by missiles. Most likely from aircraft. One dropped near to my mother’s house, where I am now. The explosion was so strong that the building (16 floors) shaked ­čś▒ It was damn scary! Neighbor say the other one dropped near my house. I hope I’m not homeless yet.
Our city administration informs that the explosions occured all over the city, there are some people dead.
Please, everyone who sees it!
I DON’T WANT TO DIE!!!
Help me, help millions others like me, in fair cities of Ukraine! #StopWar !!! #RussiaInvadesUkraine
We are trying everything in our power. But that monster will just not stop until we all are dead
This message is from our colleague inura member urban sociologist ┬áMaria Prystupa. Fassungslos. Wishing, hoping, everything best ever. Today, housing, museums, schools and the institute of Sociology were bombed in Kharkiv and – as Maria writes – fair cities of Ukraine.
14. June 2021 – 11:27

New Mayor in Zagreb (HR)

Our colleague and comrade Tomislav Toma┼íevi─ç, activist, scholar, inura member and organiser of the 2019 INURA conference in Zagreb, politician since 2017, was elected on May 30, 2021 new Mayor of the Croatian capital city of Zagreb (805’000 inhabitants) with an excellent result of more than 65%. Congratulations and good luck!

Mo┼żemo! (we can!) an alliance of movements and organisations won elections in several cities on several levels. A┬ámajority in almost all of the neighborhood councils that Mo┼żemo! competed in.┬áMo┼żemo! is also the first political option in 16 out of 17 city quarter councils of Zagreb.
Mo┼żemo! also won 23 out of 47 seats in City Parliament which allows to have a comfortable majority with a minor partner – Social democratic party who won 5 seats.
Mo┼żemo! won seats in city parliaments of Pula, Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik, Pazin, Kor─Źula, Osijek and others.
Congratulations to all Mo┼żemo! and INURA members!!!!
19. January 2021 – 12:17

Minsk: Urban Geographer Eugene Kalinouski sentenced 4 years prison

Jan 16, 2021, Eugene Kalinouski, 22y urban geographer, was sentenced FOUR (4!) years of prison because of beat (by) OMOH Belarus police officers. This video explains what has happened.

 

 

Eugene (also transcribed as Yauhen) joined the INURA conference in Warsaw 2018. Eugene now declared political prisoner by VIASNA

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HELP
Hello everyone!
Firstly, I (Marta) want to say a huge THANK YOU for all your love and support!
Secondly, this is how you can help us from abroad:
1. Financial help
We need money on short-term and long-term needs:
Short-term needs:
-advocate services
-Đüompensation for so-called ÔÇťvictimsÔÇŁ
-food, clothes, books for Eugene in prison
Long-term needs:
When Eugene will be released, sooner or later, he will need some money for a start. IÔÇÖm not sure that he will continue to work for the start-up he used to work for – itÔÇÖs the matter of how much time he will spend in prison. So some kind of a personal fond for him is a necessity, e.g he will definitely need such things as:
– psychological help and medical check-up
– new laptop and smartphone [his belongings were confiscated]
and etc
I sorted out two ways of payments from abroad:
1. PAYPAL
As I understand, all you need for payment through PAYPAL is my email. Here it is: martashpinder13@gmail.com
2. Card
Bank account in euros:
PL30 1020 1811 0000 0302 0374 4570
Bank account in dollars:
PL25 1020 1811 0000 0502 0374 4562
Name: Marta Shpindzer

(If you need Marta’s address contact us: contact@inura.org. Marta is Eugene’s partner. We are in contact with her. You can also contribute / donate through INURA)

If there are questions or recommendations, let us know!
2. International organisations
Currently IÔÇÖm writing the detailed document in English about the trial process (almost done­čÖé) and I want to send it to the organisations like Amnesty International and etc. If you have any contacts with the organisations like that, please let me know!
3. Contacts
I hope that Eugene will be released sooner than 4 years and we really want to have some options for him when he will be free. Eugene is a great specialist in GIS, urban planning, space syntax (I have his CV, if you are interested)
If you think that you will be able to help us to find the job or the university program for him in the future, please leave me your contact!
ThatÔÇÖs it for now. IÔÇÖll be grateful for any recommendations!

Marta

3. December 2020 – 12:39

Overcoming the enclosures of urban space with urban commoning

Auni Haapala, Researcher
Athanasios Votsis, Senior researcher
Weather and Climate Change Impact Research, Finnish Meteorological Institute

Originally posted on https://smartland.fi/overcoming-the-enclosures-of-urban-space-with-urban-commoning/ as part of the SmartLand project (Finnish Strategic Research Program)

In the search for more sustainable modes of urban development it is vital to pay attention to the dynamics that ÔÇśencloseÔÇÖ urban land, infrastructure and public spaces from local citizens, often for the purposes of profit-making and commercial activities. Enabling citizens-led efforts to reclaim commons should be high on the agenda of sustainable urban land use policymaking.

Urban commoning refers to the bottom-up local action increasingly taking place in urban spheres. Self-organized groups of people initiate and maintain community gardens, communal housing, peer-to-peer forums for exchanging help, time and goods, and the use of public places for various purposes from ÔÇśrestaurant dayÔÇÖ to demonstrations.

Often the practices of commoning originate as confrontation of the struggles of everyday living, such as unaffordable rents and reduced access to city spaces. In a sense, commoning addresses the different forms of enclosures that limit what can happen in the city by initiating alternative social practices to live and interact in cities (Bresnihan & Byrne 2014; Borch & Kornberger 2016). Bottom-up adaptive responses to urban challenges are increasingly viewed as an essential component of sustainable, resilient societies (UN 2018).

The historical roots of commons and enclosure travel back to the meadows in England; the large-scale privatization of communal pasture lands to private management and ownership. TodayÔÇÖs urban condition and globalized economy has created new forms of enclosures (e.g. Sassen 2014), but the questions over land, resources and their usage remain central.

Forms of enclosures are many. Expansion of Airbnb accommodation ÔÇö although a great example of a commercialized sharing economy platform ÔÇö have in many city districts around the globe altered housing markets in such ways that local residents have been forced to migrate whereas flows of tourists have stayed, benefitting the property owner (Hult & Bradley 2017).

Similarly, some effects of climate change mitigation and adaptation policy ÔÇö e.g. energy efficiency standards for buildings or urban green gentrification ÔÇö impose unevenly harsh constraints on the right of vulnerable dwellers to socially and economically sustainable public and private spaces (Blok 2020; Anguelovski et al. 2016).

Challenge for cities

The core aim of the Smartland project is to identify and develop suitable land use policies to address the increasing and entwined environmental, economic and social challenges emerging in and from the urban: the production of greenhouse gas emissions, rising housing prices and social segregation.

Approaching the city as a terrain of struggle over commons may make more visible the different forms of enclosure that are in play in the city and limit local people ÔÇö often first the most disadvantaged groups ÔÇö to sustain everyday life and wellbeing in their very own urban habitat.

For urban land-use policymakers and practitioners the challenge surrounding urban commons is twofold: to identify and aim to diminish potential future enclosures, and to find ways to enable and facilitate the emergence of urban commoning practices. This requires re-thinking the contemporary city-led land-use policy and planning to go beyond view of local residents as merely ÔÇśparticipatingÔÇÖ. It is acknowledging local citizens as active ÔÇťmakersÔÇŁ and ÔÇťsharersÔÇŁ of their city (Hult & Bradley 2017).

References

Anquelovski, I., Shi, L., Chu, E., Gallagher, D., Goh, K., Lamb, Z., Reeve, K., Teicher, H. (2016). Equity impacts of urban land use planning for climate adaptation: Critical perspectives from the Global North and South. J. Plan. Educ. Res. 36(3), 333ÔÇô348.

Blok, A. (2020). Urban green gentrification in an unequal world of climate change. Urban Studies. First published online January 21, 2020.

Borch, Christian, and Martin Kornberger, eds. (2016). Urban Commons: Rethinking the City. 1st ed. London: Routledge.

Bresnihan, P. & Byrne, M. (2014). Escape into the City: Everyday Practices of Commoning and the Production of Urban Space in Dublin. Antipode 47 (1), 1-19.

Hult, A. and Bradley, K. (2017) Planning for Sharing ÔÇô Providing Infrastructure for Citizens to be Makers and Sharers. Planning Theory & Practice, 18:4, 597-615.

Sassen, S. (2014). Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

United Nations (2018). Sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies ÔÇô the path towards transformation. Together 2030 written inputs to the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018.

9. July 2019 – 10:05

INURA letter to the City Assembly of Zagreb – Gradskoj skup┼ítini Grada Zagreba

English: INURA letter to the City Assembly of Zagreb

Mi smo skupina me─Ĺunarodnih sveu─Źili┼ínih profesora i stru─Źnjaka u podru─Źju urbanog planiranja i razvoja koja je ove godine posjetila Zagreb u sklopu svoje 29. godi┼ínje konferencije. Posjedujemo stru─Źnost i znanje po pitanju projekata uz obalne pojaseve (tzv. waterfronts) u gradovima poput Londona, Amsterdama, Hamburga, Barcelone, Bostona, New Yorka, Toronta, Vancouvera, Hong Konga, Beograda, Sydneya i Melbourna. Za vrijeme posjeta izrazito nas je zabrinula informacija da bi Zagreb mogao slijediti primjer gradova koji su privatizirali i posljedi─Źno uni┼ítili svoj obalni pojas kroz projekte tzv. urbane regeneracije sli─Źne projektu ÔÇśZagreba─Źkog ManhattanaÔÇÖ.

Ako Gradska skup┼ítina odobri izmjene Generalnog urbanisti─Źkog plana koji bi omogu─çio realizaciju “Zagreba─Źkog Manhattana”, Zagreb ─çe biti izlo┼żen velikoj opasnosti. ┼áirom svijeta
vidjeli smo da predaja zemlji┼íta u ruke me─Ĺunarodnim investitorima, bez jasno postavljenih demokratskih procedura i uvjeta, obi─Źno rezultira izgradnjom gra─Ĺevina koje izvla─Źe vrijednost iz grada, a ne doprinose potrebama tog grada. Takvi projekti uvijek se planiraju i grade na na─Źin da pogoduju interesima globalne, mobilne elite, a vode malo ili nimalo ra─Źuna o potrebama lokalnog stanovni┼ítva. Programirani su na na─Źin da su odvojeni od grada i imaju vrlo usko i isklju─Źivo shva─çanje urbanog ┼żivota i kulture. Tako─Ĺer, imaju minimalnu ili nikakvu obvezu da slu┼że javnom interesu i isklju─Źivo su orijentirani na stvaranje profita za investitore. Svjedo─Źili smo mnogim takvim slu─Źajevima u drugim svjetskim gradovima gdje je gradska uprava, nakon ┼íto bi ┼żrtvovala vrijedno zemlji┼íte, imala malu ili nikakvu prora─Źunsku korist jer su investitori skloni iskori┼ítavanju poreznih olak┼íica i kreativnom ra─Źunovodstvu.

Ne postoje istra┼żivanja koja dokazuju da su ovakvi projekti u drugim gradovima rezultirali pozitivnom ekonomskom ili dru┼ítvenom promjenom. Ne moramo se zagledati daleko: samo 400 km niz istu rijeku mo┼żemo vidjeti da sli─Źan projekt u Beogradu nije donio ekonomski razvoj gradu, nije privukao kvalitetne poslove i ve─ç se pokazao ┼ítetnim za zdravlje i ┼żivotni standard stanovnika.

Pogotovo zabrinjavaju─çim u slu─Źaju izmjena Generalnog urbanisti─Źkog plana Grada Zagreba smatramo potpuno nepo┼ítivanje mi┼íljenja gra─Ĺana i mnogih stru─Źnih udru┼żenja koji su izrazili svoje protivljenje kr┼íenju formalnih i demokratskih procedura, poput potrebe da se o izmjenama organizira javna rasprava. Tako─Ĺer je alarmantna ─Źinjenica da se ÔÇśZagreba─Źki ManhattanÔÇÖ dogovara iza zatvorenih vrata bez javnosti dostupnih informacija o detaljima projekta ili potpisanom memorandumu o razumijevanju s investitorom te s cini─Źnim rokom od samo 18 dana za javni poziv investitorima za iskazivanje interesa u realizaciji projekta na povr┼íini od preko milijun kvadratnih metara.

Unato─Ź tome ┼íto se razvoj ovog podru─Źja pa┼żljivo planirao preko 60 godina, uklju─Źuju─çi i recentnu studiju Arhitektonskog fakulteta o Zagreba─Źkom velesajmu koju je naru─Źio Grad Zagreb, najva┼żnije odluke o budu─çnosti ovog podru─Źja sada se donose nevjerojatno ishitreno, pri ─Źemu je jedino sigurno da se radi o prijenosu velike koli─Źine javnog vlasni┼ítva u privatne ruke.

S druge strane, mnogi bi vam gradovi zavidjeli na onome ┼íto imate – jedinstveni pojas javne zelene povr┼íine uz rije─Źnu obalu koji prolazi sredi┼ítem grada. Ovakva vrijedna imovina postajat ─çe sve dragocjenija kako se gradovi budu morali sve vi┼íe prilago─Ĺavati rastu─çim rizicima koje donose klimatske promjene. Zeleni pojas oko rijeke Save ve─ç predstavlja za┼ítitnu mjeru protiv urbanih toplinskih otoka jer stabla i ostala vegetacija hlade grad i doprinose bioraznolikosti. Tako─Ĺer, kao javne zelene povr┼íine, ova podru─Źja doprinose fizi─Źkom i mentalnom zdravlju svih gra─Ĺana koji ih koriste. Njihova iskoristivost u smislu prostora za rekreaciju, biolo┼íke i okoli┼íne vrijednosti mo┼że se dodatno unaprijediti, no jedino ako grad zadr┼żi vlasni┼ítvo i kontrolu nad njima.

Istovremeno, impresionirani smo bogatstvom institucija i civilnog dru┼ítva koje se razvilo u Zagrebu i koje je zaista neobi─Źno i distinktivno obilje┼żje grada, te sukladno tome apeliramo na zastupnike Gradske skup┼ítine da uzmu u obzir postoje─çu gra─Ĺansku participaciju i prigovore koje su gra─Ĺani iznijeli – naro─Źito vi┼íe od 14 000 potpisa koji su dosad prikupljeni protiv uni┼ítavanja sportsko-rekreacijske zone i realizacije ovog projekta.

Ovim pismom mi, istra┼żiva─Źi, stru─Źnjaci i profesori sa sveu─Źili┼íta u Londonu, Torontu, Amsterdamu, Berlinu, Parizu, Ateni, Zurichu, Melbourneu i mnogim drugim gradovima, apeliramo na zastupnike da odbace predlo┼żene izmjene Generalnog urbanisti─Źkog plana kojima se omogu─çuje realizacija projekta ÔÇśZagreba─Źkog ManhattanaÔÇÖ. Ukoliko dozvolite da se to dogodi, vi ─çete kao demokratski izabrani predstavnici svih gra─Ĺana Zagreba izgubiti mogu─çnost da planirate i razvijate svoj grad. Time ─çete grad predati u ruke globalnim investitorima koji ne odgovaraju nikakvom institutu demokracije.

Apeliramo da dopustite gra─Ĺanima, a time i sebi, raspravu o tome na koji na─Źin ovaj javni prostor mo┼że i dalje slu┼żiti cijelom gradu, i da to napravite prije nego se obve┼żete bilo kakvim investitorima.

Nedjelja, 7. srpnja 2019., Zagreb
INURA Hardturmstr. 261, CH-8005 Z├╝rich, Switzerland,
contact@inura.org

 

10. July 2018 – 15:07

Warsaw – d├ęrive No 72

Now out: A reader on Warsaw has been edited (in English) by the d├ęrive journal and the INURA 2018 conference organisers in Warsaw.

All conference participants were happy to get one of these substantial readers on historical and present urban development.

Orders, Contents and other information: http://www.derive.at

18. January 2018 – 10:49

New Book

Schwarz, A. (2017): Demanding Water. A Sociospatial Approach to Domestic Water Use in Mexico City. Megacities and Global Change, Vol. 22. Stuttgart: Steiner. Orders: http://www.steiner-verlag.de/programm/fachbuch/geographie/reihen/view/titel/61307.html

6. January 2017 – 10:29

NEW Book

Governing Cities through Regions
Canadian and European Perspectives
edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel
https://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Books/G/Governing-Cities-through-Regions

16. December 2016 – 18:48

16-12-16 Open letter to the Senate of Berlin for a just procedure for Andrej Holm, State Secretary of Housing in Berlin

We, the researchers, scholars and members of the International Network for Urban Research and Action, welcome the new Senate of Berlin committing to address a pressing concern of Berliners: the need for affordable housing. Adequate housing provision has become increasingly out of reach for many residents – not only in Berlin. Today, the lack of affordable decent housing, the upgrading of urban centers, displacement pres-sures and homelessness for low-income groups are global phenomena. These are big challenges for cities but research has shown that local governments can make a difference in alleviating the exclusionary ef-fects of market distribution of housing. For this task local governments need to harness the expertise and political will in order to devise and implement new regulations that protect tenants and new investment in fair housing production.

We are therefore gravely concerned about the media-driven political delegitimation campaign towards Dr. Andrej Holm who has been ap-pointed as secretary of state for housing by the Berlin Senate.

This does not appear to be a coincidence. Dr. Holm is an internationally renown scholar who has advanced critical research on housing devel-opments and gentrification. His research has contributed to our understanding of the dynamics of market and government forces at play, and he has advanced urban research by developing instruments for measur-ing and quantifying the effects of gentrification. Furthermore, Dr. Holm stands out prominently as public intellectual who, over the years, has offered his expertise to public and political dialogue and debates ÔÇô while at the same time not shying back from questioning the prevalent rules of the game that have contributed to segregation and social problemes. Holm has proposed constructive policy reforms to address problems of gentrification and segregation through innovative policies and regulations for the housing market.

If the new Berlin Senate is committed to fulfill its central promise of housing as a basic right for all Berlin residents, it will profit tremen-dously by the critical, committed and progressive thinking Dr. Holm brings to designing and implementing adequate new policy.

The current attacks on Dr. Andrej Holm seek to de-legitimize his role as new secretary of state for housing by highlighting his training with the GDR secret police when he was a teenager. Of course it is a necessary routine procedure to investigate the involvement in detail as a basis for a democratic decisionmaking process. But a fair investigation takes time and there is no evidence that his involvement included activities that harmed anybody. The basic principle of presuming innocence until any deeds are proven must be attained. The current inflammatory media campaign is not conducive for a fair and democratic process of deliberation.

Almost ten years ago, INURA stepped up to protest against accusations against Dr. Holm, which turned out to be completely unfounded. Once again we demand from the political representatives of Berlin govern-ment to provide fair and considerate treatment to evaluate the accusa-tions against Andrej Holm and to withstand preemptive judgement. We cannot allow the premature eviction of critical and progressive voices from the political debate on how to ensure affordable housing for all in Berlin. We encourage all political actors in Berlin to withstand efforts that seek to maintain existing inequalities and to stay the course to achieve more just cities. We know in this work Dr. Holm has an im-portant contribution to offer.

Researchers, Scholars and Members of the International Network for Urban Research and Activism, INURA

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