The Olympic Regeneration of East London in the Official Discourse. The Preconditions for the Construal of Public Space

Drawing on Hannah Arendt’s discussion on politics, Robert Dahl’s interpretation of plurality, and Colin Crouch’s analysis of “post-democracy”, the work elaborates on a basic notion of democratic public space. The aim is to understand the extent to which the texts framing the structure of governance for the urban renewal of East London set out the preconditions for the creation of a democratic urban space. Download PDF.

 

 

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Mediating between Social-Economic Structuring and Urban Formation. A Discourse Theory of Transformation and Change in of the City’s Social Realm

The paper has been published in: Crossing Conceptual Boundaries, Oct. 2014, vol. 6, pp. 19-30.

This paper  explores the possibility for a discourse theory of social-economic and urban transformation and change. Challenging base-supestructure and/or cause-effect theories of the processes of urban formation, the work aims at understanding how the relationship between the social-economic and the urban spheres of cities works, and the role that discourse as site for social-political action plays in such relationship. Download PDF.

Branding Stratford: Social Representation and the Re-making of Place

The paper has been published in: Architecture MPS: Architecture_media_politics_society, Vol. 2, no. 3., March 2013.

As part of the societal world, architecture and urban space do not have any ‘objective’ quality. They are representations. Their meaning is produced through the negotiation and interaction of individuals, groups and classes. Yet, such ‘subjective’ meanings do have a ‘material’ relevance, as they reflect a dialectical process between the functions, forms, ownership and practices of space. They reveal construal and construction: the way in which architectural spaces are represented on the one hand, and the way in which they are physically constructed and used on the other. Nowhere does this become more evident in our current society than in the arguments around urban renewal and regeneration. The Westfield Stratford City is a typical example.