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Alessandro Busà

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Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS)
TU Berlin
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, TEL 3-0
10587 Berlin

Dissertation

CITY PRODUCERS, CITY CONSUMERS

The Rezoning and Branding of New York City under the Administration of Michael R. Bloomberg (2002-2013).


My academic research focuses on the social, cultural and economic impact of urban restructuring policies in ethnic and working-class neighborhoods of post-industrial, advanced capitalist cities. My research is inspired by a strong interest in public policy and a desire to apply academic knowledge in a real-world context.


My dissertation connects scholarly research on capitalist-driven urbanization with an empirical analysis of specific patterns of socio-spatial restructuring in New York City under the mayoralty of Michael R. Bloomberg (2002-2013). In particular, I evaluate the impact of institutional re-zoning and branding policies on the physical, social and symbolic space of two low-income neighborhoods that boast a unique character and a legendary history (Harlem and Coney Island).

Lebenslauf / Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

▪ January 2008 - December 2010: DFG Fellowship, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Transatlantic Research Program Berlin/New York. 

▪ September 2006 - February 2009: Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University in New York - Department of Urban Planning, invited by Prof. Peter Marcuse.

▪ July 2007: Registration as a licensed Architect, Berliner Architektenkammer  

▪ September 2007:  Doctoral Degree Program in Urban Planning, Technische Universität Berlin. Title of the dissertation: “City Producers, City Consumers. The Rezoning and Branding of New York City under the Administration of Michael R. Bloomberg (2002-2013).Academic Advisors: Prof. Dr. Enrico Gualini (Professor of Theory of Planning at ISR, TU Berlin) and Prof. Robert Beauregard (Director of the Urban Planning Program, GSAPP Columbia University New York)

▪ May 2005: Research Project of the Wüstenrot Stiftung. "Bauen für Kinder", Zurich / Ludwigsburg.

▪ May 2004- May 2005: Research Project of the University of Florence and CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) "Le Trasformazioni del Consumo e del Commercio e i loro Effetti sull'Architettura delle Metropoli italiane".

▪ February 2004: Master Degree in Architecture Summa cum Laude (with distinction), (MArch, Dipl.-Ing.) at the Technische Universität Berlin. Master Thesis: Endstation Berlin Mitte: Die neuste Definition des Berliner Zentrums / The new Definition of Berlin's Downtown.

▪ June 2001: Bachelor Degree in Architecture cum laude (BArch), University of Florence (Florentina Studiorum Universitas).

FELLOWSHIPS, ACADEMIC HONORS, GRANTS

▪ DFG Fellowship, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Transatlantic Research Program Berlin/New York (2008-2010).

Erwin Stephan Preis of the Technische Universität Berlin, Academic Year 2003/04.

▪ Goethe Institut Educational Development Fellowship, Academic Year 2003

▪ DAAD DAAD (Deutsches Akademisches Austausch Dienst) International Program Fellowship, 2001

RESEARCH AREAS

Critical urban theory, urban planning, urban geography, urban sociology, architecture, global and comparative urban, metropolitan, suburban and regional development.

KEYWORDS

Urban politics, redevelopment strategies, urbanity, commodification, production and consumption of the city, media representations, gentrification, neoliberalization, right to the city.


Publikationen, Vorträge etc. / Publications, Lectures etc.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Alessandro Busà, "Rezoning Coney Island: A History of decline and revival, of heroes and villains at the “People’s Playground”, in De Sena, Judith and Shortell, Tim eds., The World In Brooklyn: Gentrification, Immigration, and Ethnic Politics in a Global City. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012, 147-185.​

Alessandro Busà, "New York City, New York", in Robbins, Paul, Cohen, Nevin and Golson, J. Geoffrey eds., Green Cities. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers, 2010.

Alessandro Busà, "City of Memory", in Ray Hutchinson ed., Sage Enclyclopedia of Urban Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers, 2009, 158-161.​

Alessandro Busà, "The New York World's Fair (1939/40)", in Ray Hutchinson ed., Sage Enclyclopedia of Urban Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers, 2009, 561-562

Alessandro Busà, "The City Beautiful Movement", in Ray Hutchinson ed., Sage Enclyclopedia of Urban Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers, 2009, 152-156

Alessandro Busà, "The City Re-Invented: Confronting Urban Strategies in the Entrepreneurial Era", in 11th Planet Congress Warsaw 2007 ed., Top Down/ Bottom Up. Warsaw, 2008, 43-36. Polish Translation: "Miasto Odtworzone: Konfrontacja Miejskich Strategiii w Erze Przedsiębiorczości", in 11th Planet Congress Warsaw 2007 ed., Top Down/ Bottom Up. Warsaw, 2008, 43-36.

Alessandro Busà, “Vita e Morte delle Gallerie Commerciali Italiane“ / “The Death and Life of Great Italian Shopping Arcades“, in Giandomenico Amendola ed., La Città Vetrina. Milano: Liguori Edizioni, 2006, 38-56.

Alessandro Busà,“Der Weg zu einer modernen Architektur in einem Land, das von einer fortschrittlicher Pädagogik geprägt ist: Bauen für Kinder in Italien“, in Wüstenrot Stiftung ed., Bauen für Kinder. Stuttgart + Zurich: Karl Krämer Verlag, 2005, 200-242.


JOURNAL ARTICLES, ESSAYS (Selection)

Refereed journal articles

Alessandro Busà, "The Unsustainable Cost of Sustainability: PlaNYC 2030 and the Future of New York City". Critical Planning Journal Volume 20 Summer 2013: 193-217.
Alessandro Busà, “Manhattan’s Dirty Urban Landscapes”, Streetnotes, 22 (2014): 62-72.

Alessandro Busà, “La rinascita del Centro a Londra e Berlino: Book review of ‘Renaissance der Mitte – Zentrumsumbau in London und Berlin”, Urbanistica, 136 (2008): 122-123.

Other Publications

  Alessandro Busà, “Rezoning Coney Island: The crisis of routine-development and the struggles over “The people’s Playground”, Hunter College Department for Urban Affairs and Planning Depository, (2011).​

Alessandro Busà, "A Manifesto for Coney Island", ABSTRACT – Magazine of the GSAPP of Columbia University, 2008/2009 (2010): 261.​

Alessandro Busà, "Gli Ultimi Giorni di Firenze", FFF: Florence Fast Forward, 1 (2009): 11-19.​

Alessandro Busà, "The Right to the City - The Entitled and the Excluded", The Urban Reinventors, 3:09 (2009).

Alessandro Busà, “Palimpseststadt - City of Layers”, Mu.dot (Magazine for Urban Documentation, Opinion, Theory), 8 (2008): 26-30.

“XX Secolo: Firenze“, d'Architettura, 36 (2008): 182-190.​

Alessandro Busà, “Celebrations of Urbanity“, The Urban Reinventors, 2:07 (2007).

Alessandro Busà, “Confronting Strategies of Urban Reinvention“, The Urban Reinventors, 1:07 (2007).

Alessandro Busà, “Vita, Morte e Reinvenzione del Passage Italiano“, ARCH'IT-Rivista di Architettura, (2007).

Alessandro Busa', “La Reinvenzione della Memoria: un’ Archeologia berlinese tra Politiche di Rimozione e Strategie di Ricostruzione ideale della Memoria“, Gomorra – Territori e culture della Metropoli Contemporanea, 10/06 (2006): 112-120.

Alessandro Busa', “Un' Archeologia Berlinese“, Liberazione (Newspaper), June 22, (2007): 14​.

Alessandro Busa', “Le Ricostruzioni di Alexanderplatz / The Reconstructions of Alexanderplatz“, L’Architettura Cronache e Storia, 573 (2005): 534-538.

Alessandro Busa', “Metamorfosi di un Mito lungo un Secolo: l’ex Tacheles Areal a Berlin Mitte da Spazio di Sopravvivenza della Cultura Off a Luogo del Consumo della Nuova Urban Class“, Gomorra – Territori e culture della Metropoli Contemporanea, 08/05 (2005): 110-119.



CONFERENCES, LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS

"Where Utopia was born, and died: The Struggles for Coney Island and the Death of Utopia", The Utopia of Tradition", 12th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Beirut (Lebanon), December 15th-18th 2010. 

"New York's City Producers, the Global Crisis, and the Green Way Out", Confronting the Challenges of the Post-Crisis Global Economy and Environment, Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference. London (UK), September 1st-3rd 2010.

"Rezoning Coney Island: The Crisis of Routine-Development and the Struggles over the People's Playground", Revitalising Built Environments - International Symposium IAPS CSB Housing Network. Istanbul (Turkey), October 12th-16th 2009.

"New York's Routine-Development in Times of Crisis", Conference of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers. Manchester (UK), August 26th -28th 2009.

"Visions for Florence", Visions 9th International Conference for Architecture and Media. Florence, July 9th-17th, 2009, Chair.

"Responses to Environmental Catastrophes in Urban Settings", in "The City and The State of Exception - 5th Annual Conference of the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program Berlin-New York. Berlin, June 4th-6t 2009.

"City Producers, City Consumers and the Representation of the City in Bloomberg's New York", Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Las Vegas (Nevada), March 22 th -27th, 2009.

"A Manifesto for Coney Island", project presentation, "Imagine Coney: Bold Ideas for Coney Island's Future", Metropolitan Art Society - Urban Center Galleries. New York (New York), February 4th-March 12th 2009.

"Rezoning New York City: Stadt-Produktion und Stadt-Konsum in Bloomberg's New York". Forschungstag des Institut für Architektur (IfA). Berlin (Germany), May 27th 2009.

"The Production and Consumption of Urbanity in Bloomberg's New York: The Rezoning Plan for 125th Street in Harlem", Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association Conference. Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada), October 20th- November 2nd 2008.

"Urbanity Sells, and Comes from Above: Rezoning, Rebranding  and Auctioning Harlem's Main Street", 4th Annual Conference of the Transatlantic Graduate Research Program Berlin/New York,

„In Search of the Postfordist City:  Concepts and the Meaning of Urban Space and Society", Fordham University. New York (New York), September 25th - 27th 2008.

"Urbanity sells, and comes from above: The Top-Down Production of Urbanity in Bloomberg's New York", BUKO Konferenz (Bundeskoordination Internationalimus) 'The Right to the City: Soziale Kämpfe in der Neoliberalen Stadt'. Berlin, April 11th -13th 2008.

"The Production of a New Urbanity in Bloomberg's New York", Doctoral Colloquium at the Center for Metropolitan Studies. Berlin, May 22nd 2008.

"So Far, So Close: Similarities and Differences in Entrepreneurial Strategies of Urban Development in Berlin and New York", Forschungskolloquium der Abteilung Politik , JFK Institut FU Berlin. Berlin, January 29th 2008.

"The Production of Urbanity in New New York", Forschungskolloquium der Abteilung Planungs- und Architektursoziologie, TU Berlin. Berlin, January 22nd 2008.

"The City Re-Invented: Confronting Urban Strategies in the Entrepreneurial Era", Top Down/ Bottom Up, 11th PlaNet Congress. Warsaw, September 24th, 2007.


GUEST LECTURES, SEMINARS AND TEACHING EXPERIENCES


Seminar, Patterns of Socio-spatial Restructuring in Bloomberg's New York, course "Planung als Politischer Prozess” by Prof. Enrico Gualini, Institut für Stadt- und Regionalplanung der Technischen Universität Berlin. Berlin, Summer 2011​.

Chair, Seminar, Discourses and Practices in Regeneration Policies and Anti Gentrification Efforts In London and New York, with Loretta Lees (King’s College London) and Tom Angotti (Hunter College, New York), Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin. Berlin, July 6th 2010.

External Reviewer, Designing the City, course by Jeffrey Schumaker, Urban Studies Department at Fordham University. New York, May 3rd 2008.

External Reviewer, Radical Urbanism, course by Nina Rappaport, School of Architecture, Syracuse University in New York Program,. New York, May 5th, 2008.

"Urban Studies and Open Access Publishing", guest lecture at Pratt Institute, Center for Planning and the Environment, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment. New York, April 29th, 2008.

"Rediscussing Urbanity", guest lecture at Fordham University, Law School. New York, October  16th 2008.

"La Reinvenzione della Memoria: le Vicende del Palast der Republik a Berlino", workshop at European Community Educational Project. Florence, March 2005.

"Reinventing the New Berlin Downtown", Seminar at Università Normale di Pisa, Facoltà di Scienze Politiche. Pisa, May 2004. 


INTERVIEWS

"Is Trendy East Berlin losing its Edge?". CNN Edition: International, February 16, 2011.

"Le Nuove Mura che Dividono. Ritorna il Castello degli Hohenzollern". Liberal, April 24, 2009: 24.

"The Urban Reinventors: Reinventare la Città". Il Giornale dell'Architettura N. 61: 2008: 33.

"Pochi gli stranieri nel Cantiere Milano". Il Sole 24 Ore, December 2, 2007: 17


EDITORIAL AND ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Founder and editor-in-chief, The Urban Reinventors (2007- present)

Editorial Board, Journal of Biourbanism (2010- present)

Executive Committee, International Society of Biourbanism (2010- present)


ACTIVITY OF VISUAL DOCUMENTATION ON URBAN ISSUES

Book and direction of the documentary film "Ein Berliner Haus – Der letzte macht das Licht aus" (English version: “Last Summer in Berlin Mitte”). Berlin, VISTA Visualisierungsstudio für Stadtplanung GmbH Berlin and Condor Digital Media (2005-2008).

“A Broad Way”, documentary film, contribution. New York, Saulgoode Entertainment (2006).


FILM SCREENINGS

Panel discussions and screenings of the documentary film “Last Summer in Berlin Mitte”:

  • Exhibiting Capitals: Berlin and Beyond, 41st Anniversay Convention NeMLA, Montreal, Quebec, April 7-11, 2010.
  • Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Technical University of Berlin, June 13th 2009.
  • Annual  Meeting  of  the Association  of  American  Geographers  (AAG). Las Vegas, March  22 th -27th 2009.
  • "Lumpen-City: Discourses of Marginality | Marginalizing Discourses", Interdisciplinary Conference at York University. Toronto, March 12th-13th 2009.
  • Conference " Diversity in Place: Making Documentaries on the Multicultural City", Globalization Research Center, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning. Honolulu, Hawaii, April 24th 2009.
  • Conference "The City from Below". Baltimore, US, March 27th-29th 2009.
  • Panel Discussion, Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte. Berlin, July 4th 2008.
  • Annual  Meeting  of  the Association  of  American  Geographers (AAG). Las Vegas, March  22 th -27th 2009.
  • “Lumpen-City: Discourses of Marginality | Marginalizing Discourses”, Interdisciplinary Conference at York University. Toronto, March 12th-13th 2009.
  • Conference " Diversity in Place: Making Documentaries on the Multicultural City”, Globalization Research Center, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning. Honolulu, Hawaii, April 24th 2009.
  • Conference "The City from Below”. Baltimore, US, March 27th-29th 2009.
  • Panel Discussion, Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte. Berlin, July 4th 2008.
  • Conference "BUKO31: Globale Ausschlüsse, Soziale Kämpfe, Utopien". Dortmund (Germany), May 9th- 12th 2008.
  • "Warsaw-Berlin Cities in Transition", theatrical event, Urbanophil - Netzwerk für urbane Kultur. Berlin, July 5th 2009.
  • Conference “The Right to the City: Soziale Kämpfe in der Neoliberalen Stadt”, BUKO (Bundeskoordination Internationalimus). Berlin, April 11th - 13th 2008.

MEMBERSHIPS

Municipal Art Society, New York (since 2008),

Association of American Geographers (since 2008),

Save Coney Island Coalition, New York (since 2008),

Royal Geographical Society, London (since 2009),

Right to the City Alliance, Worldwide (since 2007)

Bündnis für den Palast der Republik, Berlin (co-founder, member, 2005-2007)


FOREIGN LANGUAGES

English language: excellent in reading, speaking and writing
  • EPT Exam at Columbia University (grade 9x). New York, 2007.
  • Advanced English Exam at the Center of English Studies. Level Advanced, grade A. Dublin, 2004.
German language: excellent in reading, speaking and writing
  • Goethe Institut Placement Test. Level advanced: Note 1,0. Berlin, 2003.
  • Goethe Institut Intensivlehrgang (Oberstufe). Berlin, 2003
Italian language: mother language        

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