Podcast "Urban Political"

The Podcast on Urban Theory, Research, and Activism

The {Urban Political} delves into contemporary urban issues with activists, scholars and policy-makers from around the world. Providing informed views, state of the art knowledge and unusual insights, the podcast aims to advance our understanding of urban environments and how we might make them more just and democratic. The {Urban Political} provides a new forum for reflection on bridging urban activism and scholarship, where regular features offer snapshots of pressing issues and new publications, allowing multiple voices of scholars and activists to enter into a transnational debate directly.

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Housing Expropriation Referendum in Berlin: How it was won and what comes next?

Updates from Andrej Holm and Joanna Kusiak

On the 26th of September over million Berliners voted to expropriate and return to public ownership over 200,000 homes in the city. Deutsche Wohnen und Co Enteignen targeted a number of large real estate companies in Berlin that had control of what had previously been social housing stock. The referendum is not legally binding, requiring the support of the governing parties in the Berlin parliament, who are now tasked with legislating on the issue. The composition of the governing coalition has yet to be determined, although it is clear that the Social Democrats will lead, having emerged as the largest party in the elections on the same as the referendum. This podcast examines the background to this historic victory and considers the implications for housing politics in Berlin and beyond. We remind ourselves what the campaign was about, we look at what happened, what might happen next and the likely challenges in store. We also consider the wider implications of the Berlin case. We are very happy to welcome back two guests from previous podcasts on the subject, Joanna Kusiak and Andrej Holm.

Erschienen: 01.10.2021
Dauer: 00:40:52

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Housing Expropriation Referendum in Berlin: How it was won and what comes next?"


Urban Political Special: RC21 Conference Antwerp

In this episode we give you exclusive insights into the RC21 conference 2021 Antwerp. Our guests share their experiences from sessions, keynotes, and discussions on this year's main theme of 'Sensing and Shaping the City'.

Erschienen: 20.07.2021
Dauer: 00:57:51

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Urban Political Special: RC21 Conference Antwerp"


Housing Commons & Collectives: European & US Perspectives

After discussing expropriation efforts in Berlin recently, this episode will widen the discussion of housing commons to perspectives, differences, and potentials in Europe and the US.

Erschienen: 02.07.2021
Dauer: 01:28:53

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Housing Commons & Collectives: European & US Perspectives"


Decolonize/Decenter: Planning in the South

‘How can academic research be of service to envisioning alternative planning agendas that reflect the realities of the so-called Global South?’ is the central question that our guest host Inhji Jon stresses in this episode.

Erschienen: 18.06.2021
Dauer: 01:20:55

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Decolonize/Decenter: Planning in the South"


Green Cities and Contemporary Climate Planning: Politics and Practices

Green cities and green infrastructure have become common planning practices. But why is nature good and how does green matter? Do all people have equal access to nature, or are some left out of contemporary climate planning?

Erschienen: 03.06.2021
Dauer: 00:51:48

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Green Cities and Contemporary Climate Planning: Politics and Practices"


Housing struggles in Berlin: Part II Grassroots Expropriation Activism

After Andrej Holm delved into the history of 'Mietendeckel', the rent cap legislation in Berlin, in the previous episode on contemporary housing struggles in Berlin, in this episode Joanna Kusiak explores grassroots activism of 'Deutsche Wohnen & Co enteignen' (Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co).

Erschienen: 04.05.2021
Dauer: 01:00:03

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Housing struggles in Berlin: Part II Grassroots Expropriation Activism"


Housing Struggles in Berlin: Part I Rent Cap

Interview with Andrej Holm

This episode, we discuss the social and political consequences of last week's rent cap ("Mietendeckel") ruling of the German Federal Constitutional Court with Andrej Holm. We explore the history of the Mietendeckel, rising rents, and growing housing activism in Berlin that led to the legislation in the first place. We debate the effects the rent cap had on rents, the housing market and what it meant for people living and renting in the city. Andrej discusses the implications that the ruling has for the left-wing coalition in Berlin, for urban activism, and transformative approaches.

Erschienen: 24.04.2021
Dauer: 00:51:53

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Housing Struggles in Berlin: Part I Rent Cap"


The urban politics of density in and beyond the pandemic

This podcast explores how the pandemic is changing density around the world and generating forms of politics. With a diverse group of scholars and practitioners from around the world, the podcast addresses the following specific questions/ themes: How should density be conceived and why is it important to understanding cities (and the pandemic)? What is the pandemic doing to different forms of density? Is the pandemic changing the ‘where’ of density? Is the pandemic changing how we understand density? Do we now need to think about density in a different light or can we use the debates and concepts we’ve used in the past? The podcast is moderated by: Colin McFarlane is Professor of Urban Geography at Durham University, UK. His work focusses on the politics of urban life, particularly in relation to density, infrastructure, and equality. Our Guests are: Hung-Ying Chen is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at Durham University (UK). Trained as an urban planner and urban economic geographer, she is researching the political and cultural economy of land value capture and the sensorial geographies of urban density and precarious politics Roger Keil is a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Urban Change, York University in Toronto. He researches global suburbanization, urban political ecology, cities and infectious disease, and regional governance. Lucía Cerrada Morato is the High Density Development Project Manager at Tower Hamlets Council, London. Trained as an architect and urban designer, she is currently completing a PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning. Margot Rubin is a senior researcher and faculty member in the University of the Witwatersrand (South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning) in Johannesburg.

Erschienen: 30.03.2021
Dauer: 01:22:12

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "The urban politics of density in and beyond the pandemic"


The Urban Hinterlands of Slavery

Decolonizing Engagements in Bremen and Lancaster

The transatlantic slave trade had a lasting impact not only on the development of big ports like Liverpool, London, Nantes or Bordeaux, but also in cities that far less frequently associated with slavery. In this episode, four researcher-activists from Bremen and Lancaster speak about how slavery is not just a bygone period of cruel practices far away. Our guests reveal the involvement of these places within the geographies of slavery and emphasize the "absent presence" or "present absence" of enslavism in contemporary Bremen and Lancaster. As a challenge placed in front of urban studies, tracing the historical and geographical links of slavery is discussed as a transdisciplinary and activist endeavor and a vital element of a growing contemporary anti-racist movement. Alan, Geraldine, Maimuna and Sabine reflect on the decolonial engagements and methodologies in their respective cities and chart an outlook to deepen collaboration.

Erschienen: 08.03.2021
Dauer: 01:22:00

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "The Urban Hinterlands of Slavery"


Film-Making as Urban Research

with Nitin Bathla, Sandra Jasper, and Tino Buchholz

Emerging film-makers and urban researchers Nitin Bathla, Sandra Jasper, and Tino Buchholz speak about their avenues into film-production, why film amounts to a vital medium for urban research, and what it would mean to enhance its role in urban studies. This episode is also full of urban film inspirations and recommendations!

Erschienen: 29.01.2021
Dauer: 01:03:12

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Film-Making as Urban Research"


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