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SE Informal Networks: Culture in Temporary Spaces
Informal Networks: Culture in Temporary Spaces
Modul 6: Stadt im Netz
Mi 14-16 Uhr • ONLINE • Beginn: 21.04.2020 • Syllabus 
This seminar proposes the adaptation and theoretical development of the Modul 3 course “Cultural Planning in Europe and the Americas” with a focus on in-class debates, rather than one-sided lectures. This semester, we will explore the following topics: culture as a tool in formal urban planning; the creation of global networks of cities; the concept of “tactical” urbanism; examples of temporary spaces with a resistance character; and the concept of urban informality.
The seminar will include examples of case studies from Europe, North and South America, as well as debates with invited guests from Berlin (Germany) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
We will begin by analyzing the formal use of culture as a tool for economic development and urban renewal in Europe and North America from the 1970s on, while debating the meanings of two image-based global networks: the spectacular “capitals of culture” and the authentic “creative cities” (revision of Module 3). We will then move on to the trend of informal appropriations of space through culture by looking into the concept of “tactical” urbanism, analyzing the theory and interests behind it, as well as its relationship to broader neoliberal practices. We will discuss examples of cultural collectives and temporary spaces and their narratives in regards to the city. Moreover, we will investigate the concepts of urban informality and of improvised and collaborative planning, often connected with the so-called “Global South”, with the goal of demystifying their link with poverty and discussing their potential for a more fluid way of thinking the city.