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"The Urban Reinventors" urban journal is online

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  • Richard Risemberg
    In the last two decades urbanity has been an omnipresent subject in progressive urban planning debate, and an everlasting mantra in urban rhetoric. As far
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 21, 2007
      "In the last two decades urbanity has been an omnipresent subject in
      progressive urban planning debate, and an everlasting mantra in urban
      rhetoric.
      As far away as its actual implementation still seems to be from most
      of the self-centric signature-productions of the architectural
      stardom, the shift to an anti-modern urbanism seems now widely
      accepted, obvious and advantageous to forward-thinking urban planners
      and designers.
      That urbanity per se is a goal, though, has yet to be determined. In
      a new, after-modern era wherein the notion of urbanity is widely
      celebrated, bill boarded and squeezed into an often narrow iconic
      vision by realtors, private enterprises as well as by entrepreneurial
      administrations, our first aim must be to question, challenge and re-
      discuss urbanity [...]

      With "Celebrations of Urbanity", the recently launched journal
      continues its commitment to exploring strategies of reinvention of
      the contemporary city in the entrepreneurial era.
      The "Paper Series" (now downloadable in PDF format) features renowned
      papers by "reveanchist city" theorist Professor Neil Smith (CUNY
      Graduate Center) an unreleased paper by Susan Fainstein (Harvard
      University), and provocative essays by Thomas Wuest (Dortmund
      University), Dean C. Rowan (University of California, Berkley), Simon
      Richards (Leicester University), Jan Scheurer (RMIT University) and
      Michael Thompson (William Paterson University) on the failure of the
      modernist project of the "city as a machine".
      The website has undergone a graphic makeover, and many new resources
      have been included. A new section of video documentaries and
      photographic galleries presents international works on the topic of
      "urbanity". A new collection of urban short stories, novels and
      screenplays has been added.

      Go to http://urbanreinventors.net/
      --
      Richard Risemberg
      http://www.bicyclefixation.com
      http://www.newcolonist.com
      http://www.rickrise.com
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