To what extent do social and urban law have an impact on cities? The example of inheritance laws shows that inequalities are not only perpetuated through laws but can face mentality blocking. Indeed, although a new law giving men and women equal share in inheritance was proposed divided opinions emerged, notably among women. http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=96795f84-ad28-432e-b127-c8a16cdcf847.
A Project working towards a more sustainable way of living
Some projects are also proposing new ideas for more sustainable ways of living and reducing pollution. R-Urban in France, for example, consisted in the creation of mutiple eco-sustainable places. The AgroCité -a unit of urban agriculture- is made of community gardens, permacultures, composting and rainwater recycling systems, as well as devices and systems for energy production and educational and cultural spaces. It is also composed of The Animalab, a domestic farm whose production is directly embedded in the local distribution network through its Agrocité shop. Eventually, the Recylab is made of urban waste recycling equipments which enable the transformation into eco-construction materials. http://r-urban.net/en/projects/
Nadar photography practices in Paris, that were based on a new viewing angle -as was considering the city from the sky and from its sewers- are quite innovative for the time. Proposing a new approach of the mid-1800s XXth century’s societal realities, its photographs mirror the transformation of the Capital city and its progressive development. https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/08/photographing-haussmanns-paris/535629/. Just as Nadar interest for inexplored places as sewers, Urbex has launched a new movement of abandoned places’ exploration which can sometimes be undertaken for pratical historical purposes. For example, through urban exploration, the Hong Kongese Urbex group Ghost documents and photographs derelict buildings, thus constituting an archive for future generations, as the city is fastly monopolized by big development companies. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/mar/06/a-race-against-time-the-urban-explorers-recording-vanishing-hong-kong
Tackling waste issues and looking to implement effective circular economy is the aim of current London initiatives. Supported by the participation of the environmental charity Hubbub, people collect excess food from restaurants, home-cooks and supermakets, and refrigerate it in refrigerators located in London East Ham Leisure center, before donating it to the needy ones. http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=05ebb67c-727a-4382-a2d0-b7d0a14b21c6
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Is there a “concrete”
Concrete is one of
the most polluting materials, and is said to release 4-8% of the world’s CO2. That
is highly due to the clinker manufacture, part of the cement-making process.
The latter also necessitates up to 10th % of the world’s industrial
water use. Compiling examples of historical urban uses of concrete, the article
traces the economic and architectural structural changes that should be
operated as well as the change in mindset to achieve a more sustainable and
viable development model.
From a fisher
village to skyscrapers and shaped musical movement and music giant as Fela
Kuty, Lagos has also proved to be a resilient city. Through a colourful
cartoon, Tayo Fatunla pays tribute to the most populated Nigerian city.
infographics on technological-based ideas to address the main city challenges;
amongst which homelessness, pollution, and health.
Camarotização – Carnaval in
illustrates how the carnaval in the city of Olinda in Brazil triggers social
and spatial separation through the privatization of paying premises, in the so-called
camarotização process,named after the term camarotes, which,means cabin. This process, linked to the American concept of
skyboxification (M.Sandel) participates to the “gourmetização do espaço”, i.e economic-led separation and
differenciation of spaces, that fuels socio-economic categorizations and discriminations.
Article in Portuguese
It takes more than
20 years for a cup of coffee to decompose. Kaffeform, a german start-up found a
new way of creating coffee cups using old coffee grounds, wood and biological
binders and thus proposing a reusable solution.
Art boom in Los Angeles
Written as a short
story on the museums in Los Angeles by a New Yorker, the article sets the
explanatory factors of the evolution of Los Angeles museums, making as well, an
historical parallel with the city development and city artistic movements.
New Applications to help women
address sexual harassment
Harassmap are two technological tools created to support women facing sexual
harassment in public spaces.
Natives canadians especially
from the First Nation reserve are asking for property rights. Facing housing
shortages, poor living conditions, poor health, indigenous people are urging the
government for solutions since their current absence of ownership implies no
asset and therefore no mortgage. However, if one solution could be abolishing
1876 Indian Act to enable private land ownership, this remains subject to
criticism, among the Indigenous people notably. Some of them are trying to
create new models of private homes ownership.
Miguel Altieri, professor of Agroecology at the University of California, Berkeley presents the challenges, benefits and the strategies that could be adopted to build a long-term Urban agriculture. He also emphasizes the need for more polycultural design, intercropping and rotations of green manures, drawing inspiration from the Cuban model.
The soaring of anti-tour worldwide, of which Porto’s “Worst city tour” is an example, stresses the wish for more authentic types of Tourism, and increased exchanges with local inhabitants to discover their traditions and local habits. Thus, many sociologists argue that it could be a positive alternative to immersive tourism.
In Nairobi, where traffic congestion reaches high levels, people find alternative solutions to commute. Predominantly young males- although women have joined the movement- are now using rollerblades to move from a place to another. And this exciting yet risky activity encourages a sense of community which eases divisions between “local tribes”.
“La France vue d’ici”: Documentary Photography project
This collaborative and participative project led by ImageSingulieres and Mediapart aims to gather photos from different artists who covered diverse parts of the french territory during the year 2017. Part of the project’s objectives is also educating the youngest to media, through workshops organised by photographers.
Last sunday, people from various neighborhoods, schools, clubs and associations gathered together in Piazza Vittorio to protest against the Decreto-legge sicurezza that was approved by the Camera on November the 28th, taking the name of Salvini law and more globally, on all types of discrimination. Both examples of the first article which reduces the residence permit length and the second articles that increases the retention time from 90 to 180 days in centri di permanenza i.e identification and expulsion centres, show that the law system is complexifying the regularizing process for refugees.
The commitment of the Italian city of Cremona in implementing circular economy
After taking the lead in a European project on
waste-management strategy UrbanWins financed by the European Union, the Italian
city of Cremona has achieved significantly positive results in introducing a
A Rally will be held on the 19th of February in Place
de la Republique in Paris. The purpose? If anti-semitism is deeply rooted in
the french society, violence observed a turning point for the last decades. In
particular, a 74% percent rise in anti-semitic incidents was reported over the
Amazon abandons its extensive corporate campus building project
After facing a backlash from local communities, the big corporate Amazon decided to abandon his plan to build its headquarters in Long Island, Queens, NY.
Milano plastic free
Milan is experimenting a plastic free strategy in 200 shops of two of its neighborhoods: Isola and Niguarda, supported by the Italian association Legambiente. This campaign launched by the municipality is preceding the implementation of the 2021 European directive which will forbid any use of objects made of disposable plastic.
Mayors from big cities around the world meet to work on climate justice
A summit gathering worldwide major cities’ mayors was organised on the 20th of February in Paris. It led to the creation of an international platform with legal tools to support mayors in implementing climate justice.
On Friday the 15th of February,
from 4pm to 6pm, in the LOFT of Luiss campus located in Viale Romania 32 will
take place the opening day of Urban Clinic EDU@LabGov -LABoratory for the
GOVernance of the city as a commons – for 2018/2019 Academic year, a
transdisciplinary and applied research track. Started in 2012, and provided by
EDU team from LabGov, the Urban Clinic welcomes students from Law, Political
Science and Economics departments of LUISS University, in the objective to help
them acquire and develop soft skills and take place within LUISS Guido Carli
In the LOFT, students will have the
chance to attend an opening conference, hosting Giovanni Lo Storto, Head of
LUISS University, Massimiliano Giansanti, president of Confagricoltura (the
Italian General Confederation of Agriculture) and the “peasant-chef” Peppe
Zullo, who will lead a conversation on Urban Agriculture, Healthy, conscious
and sustainable nutrition, relationship between well-being and nutrition, and
will eventually talk about sustainable Agri-food entrepreneurs.
This encounter illustrates a
turning point for LabGov in the public expression of common projects that will
be jointly led by LUISS, LabGov and Confagricoltura. Wishing to promote a
culture of healthy, conscious and sustainable nutrition, the project will be
rooted in Urban Agriculture; subject that will be addressed in the 5 modules of
the EDU@LabGov Urban Clinic as well as in the project OCULUS – Orti condivisi
urbani per il lavoro, l’uguaglianza, la salute”. The shared vision is that
agriculture remains the first way of producing food, everyday, and at an
affordable price to ensure food security for the consumers, both in terms of
quality and quantity and participate to a durable ecosystem. If the three
entities are convinced that raising awareness in collective and collaborative
landscape management will progressively lead to the creation of a collective
heritage, they also pay particular attention to Nutraceutica, a concept deriving
from the words “nutrizionale”
(nutrition) and “farmaceutica”
(pharmaceutics) which consists in the study of active principles in food which
could prevent from chronic degenerative diseases.
During the second hour, Claudia
Giommarini, managing LUISS ERS “ethics, responsability, and sustainability”
will intervene, before the 2017/2018 EDU@LabGov students’ certificates’