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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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"

Urban Climate Finance at the edge of viability?

Hanna Hilbrandt in conversation with Emma Colven, Zac Taylor, Sarah Knuth, and Sage Ponder

Amidst the rapidly unfolding ecological crisis, current research is witnessing ever new financial strategies that aim at making money from urban climate risks. In this episode Hanna Hilbrandt invites Emma Colven, Zac Taylor, Sarah Knuth, and Sage Ponder, to discuss the financial and socio-material limits to the viability of urban financialization in the context of climate change. When climate disasters increasingly destroy financial assets and erode returns, how much longer will it take until some financial strategies become unviable? What are the multiple mechanisms finance and state actors use to push these limits into the future and continue to profit from climate change? Which places are indispensable to finance? And what happens when financial strategies become unviable (if that happens at all)? Bringing together research from Jakarta, Miami and Puerto Rico, amongst other cities, we discuss risk management practices that mine value from rising waters, wildfires, or hurricanes, and open up new markets on the back of urban decay. Thinking through wider questions about disaster capitalism, we delve into the inherent challenges to that system. Talking across multiple research sites, we discuss geographical differences in state interventions ranging from forced evictions to fiscal policies. In conclusion, we reflect on contestations on the ground and possibilities for urban research to support these struggles.

Erschienen: 12.01.2021
Dauer: 01:17:34

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Urban Climate Finance at the edge of viability?"

Mobilization and advocacy in contexts of massive urbanisation - Part 2

Erschienen: 19.12.2020
Dauer: 01:35:46

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Mobilization and advocacy in contexts of massive urbanisation - Part 2"

Mobilization and Advocacy in Massive Urbanization Contexts - Part I

Reflections from Delhi, Karachi, Lagos, and Manila

Throughout the global south, many urban regions have become massive. In the familiar renditions of this notion, urban regions, mushrooming in population and spatial footprints, teeter close to chaos, environmental disaster, and ungovernability. Populations are being reshuffled, moved from one area to the other, something which an extensive landscape of built projects that never really worked has allowed as buildings are repurposed for other uses as they also take advantage of contiguities with new developments—sub-cities, new industrial zones and logistical centres. The sheer heterogeneity of developments at all scales, from thousands of small developers to large real estate corporations have equipped regions with a large volume of warehouses, housing estates, mega residential developments, industrial zones, commercial centres, and small enterprise districts that either never got off the ground, only partially fulfilled the intended functions or rates of occupancy, or quickly fell apart. When these “projects” are coupled with large swathes of squatter settlements, temporary migrant housing, and the conversion of older residential neighbourhoods into mass boarding houses, it is possible to grasp the extensiveness of a circulating population that anchors residency across multiple tenuous residencies, remains completely unanchored in serial short terms occupancies, or is continuously displaced as a function of different instantiations of urban renewal, the migration of employment opportunities, or an increasingly opportunistic-cantered sensibility of residents themselves. Yet, massiveness may be the very thing that provides a kind of “safety net.” All kinds of discrepant environments become momentary bastions of largely improvised collectivity, where people try to make some functional use of each other without any pretence of long-term commitments. Momentary, sporadic, and makeshift become the defining metaphors of many collective formations. In this episode, Maliq invites the four participants to reflect on Delhi (Nitin), Karachi (Sobia), Lagos (Taibat), and Manila (Kristian) by addressing these questions: 1. What is it particularly about your cities which seems at times too complex, too all over the place, too difficult to understand with the tool boxes that we have? 2. You have all been involved in attempting to do things in your cities—either in terms of advocacy, community planning, public policy, project development. Can you talk about what you have learned through this process, and how this new learning might be translated into action? 3. In terms of the urban challenges as you understand them, and the complexities of the regions you inhabit, what do you think constitutes viable political experiments, particularly those addressed to issues of spatial justice, economic precarity, and social marginalization?

Erschienen: 04.12.2020
Dauer: 01:23:19

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Mobilization and Advocacy in Massive Urbanization Contexts - Part I"

Radical Municipal Politics in Latin America since the 1990s

A conversation with Gianpaolo Baiocchi

Gianpaolo Baiocchi offers us an historical overview of what he terms Radical Cities in Latin America and draws out some lessons from the past 30 years. Comparing these experiences to municipal politics in Europe and elsewhere, he highlights the distinctive features and charts the ups and downs of these urban movements. Massive suburbanization, metropolitan fragmentation and reactionary backlashes in Brazil and elsewhere have been posing key challenges for reconfiguring a municipalist politics in this part of the world. Taking cues from our recent podcast roundtable on Murray Bookchin's work, Gianpaolo discusses radical misunderstandings around the notion of sovereignty and argues why a transformative urban politics needs to uphold a critical understanding and practice of popular sovereignty. The episode finishes with Gianpaolo's reflection on how he relates his position as a university researcher in New York City with current activist and political engagements.

Erschienen: 02.11.2020
Dauer: 00:57:58

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Radical Municipal Politics in Latin America since the 1990s"

Podcast "Urban Political"