Re-evaluating the contribution of academic places into the visionary ‘biome’: A working hypothesis for an anti-example of ecological integration

Written by Christos Kotakis. Institute of Plant Biology, Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, POB 521, H-6701 Szeged, Hungary. The meaning of ‘academia’ is considered as a vital component of the society, still known since Plato’s ancient times. Nowadays, although newly technocratic ways of science’s improvement have been developed during the last six decades, […]

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October 18, 2020

Moving Beyond the Right to the City: Urban Commoning in Greece

Wrriten by Theodoros Karyotis The urban space is the epicentre of social antagonism. At any historical moment, it represents a crystallisation of power relations. While political and economic powers incessantly reform it to better isolate, control and exploit its inhabitants, the latter inevitably seek empowerment through collective mobilisation. After all, this is the space in […]

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August 27, 2020

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Social Ecology and the Right to the City – Review

Written by Eeva Berglund and originally published on her blog. COVID changes everything Before COVID19 became a pandemic, I proposed to the Finnish Journal of Urban Studies, the only professional publication in Finland dedicated to urban research and spatial planning, that I write a review for them (in Finnish) of this book. I’m working on it. Here, […]

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July 30, 2020

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Is the Right to the City a Right or a Revolution?

Written by Magali Fricaudet From a catastrophist point of view, we could probably say that the unprecedented rate of urbanization that the world is currently experiencing is a realization of the more destructive tendencies of capitalism, where life is at serious stake. Indeed, urbanization seems to have no end, as the ideology of growth predominates. […]

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Review: New collection proposes bold ideas on systemic urban change

Written by Peter G. Prontzos. Originally published on Canadian Dimension here   This collection, published last year by Black Rose Books, is based on the theme of a conference held in Greece in 2017—“The Right to the City and Social Ecology: Towards Ecological and Democratic Cities”—and organized by the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology (TRISE). […]

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Autonomy: The Legacy of Ideal

Written by Nikos Vrantsis. What follows is a review of Yavor Tarinski’s book Short Introduction of the Political Legacy of Castoriadis (Athens: Aftoleksi, 2020). Cornelius Castoriadis is considered one of the crucial voices of the twentieth century. However, the academic community surrounds his work, with the kind of respect reserved for thinkers considered obsolete: displayed […]

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