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The City and the Political + Papers

Posted on July 30th, 2012 by williamd

Printed papers of each class that occurred between January and July 2012.
Downloadable here.

The City and the Political is an ongoing open class and research group at The Public School, Berlin, that invites anyone to join in discussions between theories and spatial practices of “the city” and “the political.”

The city is home to modern man. This class begins at the scale of the city in order to open up all levels of discourse on spatial production. What is space? What is public vs. private space? What is democratic vs. controlled (neoliberal) space? How should architects, urbanists, politicians, developers create space? How should the people take back space?

The political hints to a wide range of concepts regarding man’s relation to one another, institutional formations, and potentially radical acts of protest. The spatial production of our cities cannot be divorced from a serious theoretical understanding of our contemporary politics, as representative democracy, the social movements within our cities, and strategies of radical political emancipation.

The City & The Political
The Public School (sign up)

photograph: Kenton Card

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