Written by Jordi Borja, Emeritus professor at the Open University of Catalonia. The present article was published in the book Advancing Urban Rights: Equality and Diversity in the City (2022). I. And the right to the city became real when it was reinvented by active citizenship The ideas First came the creator god of the […]Read More The Right to the City: From the Streets to Globalisation
The following text is an excerpt from the book Municipalism in Practice: Progressive Housing Policies in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, and Vienna ( RLS-Cities: April 2022). Every year hundreds of thousands of people are evicted in Europe. National governments and courts systematically leave citizens unprotected against displacements fuelled by real estate interests. Cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, […]Read More Anti-Eviction Strategies as an Instrument of Municipalist Housing Policies
Urban researcher Nikos Vrantsis interviews Yavor Tarinski, author of Common Futures: Social Transformation and Political Ecology [co-authored with Alexandros Schismenos] (Black Rose Books, 2021), on the current bureaucratic state of cities and the democratic perspectives offered by autonomous urban movements. Nikos Vrantsis: Day by day, state oppression turns into the new normal. Governmemts invested in […]Read More Cities beyond bureaucracy: Exploring commons-based strategies
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). […]Read More Review: New collection proposes bold ideas on systemic urban change
Article by Enric Bárcena, Xavi Ferrer, Laura Roth and TRISE member Kate Shea Baird, originally published in Spanish in Público.es on 21/12/16. The municipalist movements of the Spanish state can’t ignore the global crisis of neoliberalism. It’s up to us to stand up and defend our idea of bottom up, feminist and radically democratic change. […]Read More Why the municipal movement must be internationalist
“Democracy was born at local level, and that’s where we can win it back.” Barcelona en Comú – the radical citizen platform currently running the city, invites to an international municipalist summit in June 9-11 called Fearless cities! The event will include debates and workshops on key policy areas and municipalist organizing. An excerpt from […]Read More “Fearless Cities” – a summit on the new municipalism, by Barcelona en Comú
A critical perspective on social ecology and urban crises: learning about, with and from urban social movements in Rio de Janeiro.
Last Spring, TRISE member Federico Venturini completed his PhD in Human Geography at the University of Leeds. Federico’s dissertation offers an in-depth study of radical urban social movements in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and explores the lessons of these movements through the lens of social ecology. Here’s the abstract: We are currently facing incredible challenges […]Read More A critical perspective on social ecology and urban crises: learning about, with and from urban social movements in Rio de Janeiro.