urban planning

Planning for Man and Motor IN NOTTINGHAM

PAUL RITTER was born in 1925 and now lives in Nottingham where he practices as a planning consultant and lectures at the School of Architecture. He and his wife Jean wrote The Free Family, and his children wrote Everybody Silly Sometimes. He organised the“Child’s eye View” exhibition and the much-travelled “Man and Motor” exhibition. His newly published book Man and Motor is an essential companion volume to the Buchanan report.

Counterinsurgency and the Policing of Space in Ferguson

This article will briefly document and analyze the various methods and techniques through which the St. Louis Metropolitan Police, the National Guard, and several other local law enforcement formations were able to gradually achieve a kind of ‘total spatial dominance’ over this small region and its residents.

The whole world is like a nowhere land called Alicante – Miguel Amorós

A brief, and idiosyncratic, social and economic history of the medium-sized Valencian city of Alicante since the Spanish Civil War, denouncing the negative impact of chaotic development, venal and corrupt politicians, unbridled consumerism, the role played by the automobile in social atomization, the destruction of old working class neighborhoods, real estate speculation, the cynical exploitation of local cultural traditions, the noxious effects of an economy based on tourism, the ruin of traditional agriculture, and the proliferation of hideous skyscrapers in a nauseating panorama of trivialization and degradation that is typical of so many other cities all over the world.

Autonomy, solidarity, possibility: the Colin Ward reader

Colin Ward

Fantastic compilation of writings of the British anarchist writer Colin Ward.

Decentralization and socialism - Senex

Hardly any other idea advanced by the anarchist thinkers was met with as much derision in socialist circles as the idea of free communes, viewed as the nuclei of a new social order federated along political and economic lines.

Reclaiming the urban space

New Babylon by Constant

In cities across the world different forms of popular resistance are appearing at the grassroots level that aim to reclaim and recreate the urban public space.

Communitas revisited

Goodman sketch of Manhattan

A review of Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life by Paul and Percival Goodman (University of Chicago Press, 1947). (New revised edition: New York, Vintage Books, 1960, $1.25, London, Mayflower Books, 10s.).

Red Bologna - Max Jäggi, Roger Müller, and Sil Schmid

A post-war history of the Itialian city of Bologna, focusing on its rule by the Italian Communist Party, its movements by various workers councils and co-operatives, and various other fascists of the city.

Are slums another planet? - Bruno Astarian

Bangladesh slum dweller fights back 2013

Bruno Astarian critiques the ideology that reduce slum dwellers to passive victims -- becoming "surplus populations" -- and rejects the flawed reasoning that says they can't be part of the proletariat, nor become conscious. Astarian shows how insurgent workers in slums are fully engaged in some of the most inspiring examples of class struggle today.