Tag: the City

Whither Urban Theory?

Kanishka Goonewardena
"Urban Studies, Critical Theory, Radical Politics"
Tuesday, April 27, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"The Right to the City"
Wednesday, April 28, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, April 29, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

KANISHKA GOONEWARDENA was trained as an architect in Sri Lanka and now teaches urban design and critical theory at the University of Toronto. He co-edited Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre (New York: Routledge, 2008) and is working on a book on the late capitalist appropriations of critical theory by urban studies entitled The Future of Planning at the End of History. The broad counters of his research--published in journals such as Antipode, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Planning Theory, Radical History Review--are marked by the making of cities, the modes of imperialism and the production of ideology.

“Another city is possible!” Alternatives to the City as a Commodity

Yves Cabannes
"Local and Complementary Currencies and their Role in Radical Urban Transformation
Tuesday, December 3, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
"Communal and Collective forms of Land Tenure and the Right to Housing"
Wednesday, December 4, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, December 5, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

YVES CABANNES is Professor and Chair of Development Planning at Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London. From 2004 to 2006 he was lecturer in Urban Planning at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and an economist, planner and urban specialist. From 1997 until December 2003, he was the regional Coordinator of the UN Habitat/UNDP Urban Management Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has particular experience and interest in urban agriculture & Food sovereignty, local currencies, participatory planning, municipal public policies, low cost housing, participatory budgeting, community-based micro credit systems and appropriate technologies for local development. He is an advocate on development and rights issues and was the convener for the UN Advisory Group on Forced Evictions (2004 -2010) and the senior advisor to the Municipality of Porto Alegre, Brazil, for the international network on participatory budgeting. He is currently a member of the board of the International RUAF Foundation (Resource Centres for Urban Agriculture and Food Security), The World Fund for City Development (Metropolis), HuiZhi (Participation Centre, Chengdu China) and the Participatory Budgeting Project (USA).