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The Shareable Society: new alternatives for a resource based economy

October 3, 2011

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In a lecture given recently on TED talks, Alex Steffen points how our future practice of cities can be based on “sharing”. Due to the fact that we don’t need to own personal devices which we use temporarily or punctually, Alex Steffen proposes to envision a new future in which properties can be shared through […]

Recycling Utopias: from the Garden city to the Venus project.

October 1, 2011

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While researching on contemporary Utopias, I naturally got to know the Venus project. Highly featured in the Zeitgeist movies, the Venus project, lead by the “futurist” Jacques Fresco from 1975 defines itself on its homepage as following: “The Venus Project advocates an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any social system that […]

Extract from the “Democracy Revisited” by Chantal Mouffe / Markus Miessen

September 28, 2011

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The following text is an answer from Chantal Mouffe to Markus Miessen published in The Nightmare of Participation. It is an extract from the discussion titled “Democracy Revisited” in which both actors exchange their visions on democracy and participation. …………………………………… Markus Miessen – The question is: What are the possible perspectives and alternatives? Chantal Mouffe […]

media panic or prediction?

September 28, 2011

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“the first thing people should do (…) protect what they have. In less than 12 months, my prediction is that savings of millions of people will vanish.” Alessio Rastani

The Fear Beyond Participation – One for All, All for One?

September 23, 2011

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“Sometimes, all-inclusive democracy has to be avoided at all costs. “ This is the starting point of “the Nightmare of Participation”, giving as an introduction a provocative and strong position because of which I started to turn the pages and click frenetically in order to understand and to know more. As a result, the following […]

Why do we build the wall

September 15, 2011

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I felt a moment of simple truth when listening first to the album of “Hadestown” written by singer and songwriter Anaïs Mitchell from Vermont, Canada. Apart from being a great concept album, the “folk-opera” evokes immediate associations on U.S. depression, the global financial crisis and visions of the post-apocalyptic gated community. The retold myth of Orpheus […]

Lost in theories: a comparative approach of evolution and criticism in urban theories.

September 14, 2011

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Travelling across urban theories and their appliances to nowadays situation in a World 2.0, answering the “what is right?” and “what is wrong?” question is an unsolvable task. All theories appear in reaction the ones to the others, sometimes in parallel, towards time and history. Although the critics toward the modern movement are well known […]