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2014-09-08

Professor Henrietta Palmer is an invited speaker at the University of Cambridge, Symposium on 'The Shrinking Commons', September 8-9, 2014

 

From the symposium abstract:

 The commons have been described as a drama, even - famously - a 'tragedy'. Their fate, their future, has never seemed more parlous, with climate change, population growth, and competition for scarce resources seemingly threatening our greatest common property, the planet itself.

 

The symposium seeks to address these questions by following developments across three historically symbolic ‘passage points’ of the commons: a) the ownership, availability and condition of land and nature; b) the technologies and infrastructures of collective provisioning; and c) the structuring of publics and their rights.

 

Henrietta Palmer, Professor of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Art will be lecturing about ‘The Emergence of Urban Commons’.

Find the full program here.


Cambridge

2014-06-03

Open seminar on the subject Radical Shift | Incremental Change with Giovanni Allegretti



Time: Tue June 3, 2014, 13:00 - 17:00
Place: Royal Institue of Art, House 28,

Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.

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Language: English


Giovanni Allegretti is an architect and researcher at the Centre for Social Studies at Coimbra University, Portugal and 

Mariana Cavalcanti, anthropologist, School of Social Sciences (CPDOC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


The seminar is part of the ongoing program Resources.13; Radical Shift | Incremental Change: Rio de Janeiro at Mejan Arc, Royal Institute of Art.

Welcome!

/Henrietta Palmer and Katarina Nitsch


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2014-05-06

Reading Urban Society through Material Entanglements

Open Lecture with Ash Amin


Time: Tue May 6, 2014, 18:00 - 19:00
Place: Mejan Arc, Lecture Room, 4th Floor, Royal Insititute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen
Language: English

A new genre of writing has arisen that narrates the urban – in both North and South – through a city’s mundane infrastructure. In it, trunk networks, the built environment, public utilities and services appear not only as subjects of interest in their own right, but also as matter implicated in the making of urban functionality, sociality and identity.

 
Professor Amin argues, based on a reflection on the infrastructures of informal settlements, that there is political merit in maintaining the distinction between visibility and invisibility. To contrast the agency in equal part – for the poor staking out a right to urban settlement – of visible improvisations forced by infrastructural absence, and for the invisibility of hard-won connectivity to the municipal mains for water, electricity, sanitation and transport. 
 
Ash Amin is Professor of Geography at Cambridge University. He is the author of Land of Strangers and coauthor (with Patrick Cohendet) of Architectures of Knowledge: Firms, Capabilities, and Communities. Ash Amin is known for his

work on the geographies of modern  living, for example  thinking urban and regional society as relationally and materially constituted; and globalization as an everyday process that thoroughly reconstitutes meanings of the local. He has also contributed to thinking on the economy as a cultural entity, while his writings on race and multiculturalism have helped change policy work on the management of ethnic diversity.


The lecture is part of the ongoing program Resources.13; Radical Shift | Incremental Change: Rio de Janeiro at Mejan Arc, Royal Institute of Art.

Welcome!

/Henrietta Palmer and Katarina Nitsch


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2014-02-19

Revolutuion at the Point of Reproduction:

from Wages for Housework to the Commoning of Reproductive Work


Open Lecture with Silvia Federici


Time: 09.15 - 12.00, Wednesday, February 19th
Place: House 28, Royal Institue of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.
Language: English

Welcome to an open Lecture and discussion with Silvia Federici, scholar, philospher, feminist activist and Professor Emerita at Hofstra University, NY


The process of economic globalization has deeply transformed the organization of female labor, in and out of the home, and the direction of women’s struggle on these terrains. In her presentation Federici examines the main changes that have occurred internationally in reproductive work, paid and unpaid, especially in urban environments and the strategies women have developed in response to them. Topics discussed will include the globalization and commercialization of ‘care work’, the new emerging forms of ‘affective labor’,  and the efforts women are making , especially in Latin America to produce urban commons’, that is forms of reproduction outside the logic of the state and the market.


The lecture is part of the ongoing program Resources.13; Radical Shift | Incremental Change: Rio de Janeiro at Mejan Arc, Royal Institute of Art.


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Documentation


The lecture was filmed and the documentation can be found here.

Documentation of the following discussion can be found here

2013-11-06

Radical Shift | Incremental Change, Stockholm 2013.


How can Educational Collaborations and Local Practice Contribute to the Urban Transformation?


Seminar


Time: 16.30-19.30, Wednesday November 6th
Place:Royal Institue of Art, House 28,

Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.

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Language: English


Resources.Lab/ Royal Institute of Art invites you to a seminar and book launch on urban transformations from the ground, with speakers from Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Stockholm.


How is change taking place with in the global cities? As the global city today is driven by market forces rather than by ideas of planning as it has been taught in an European »tradition«, the essence of what we call citieness  – socio-economic diversity and a diversity of typologies, spaces and activities – is lost. Many urban theoreticians today are therefore pointing towards the so called informal or the auto-constructed settlements , as environments producing real alternatives and new thinking for the urban. Although created as small-scaled, local and incremental processes, these interventions have possible far reaching effects on the urban development and the society as a whole.


What tools and methods are produced within the realm of the self-organized city? What role do infrastructural and educational resources play in the creation of the empowered citizen? How can new educational programs and collaborations meet with local practices and give real offers to the urban transformations? What impact do the initiatives from the ground have on the urban agenda?


Resources at Royal Institute of Art, has since a number
of years been focusing on the city and what it possibly could
become in a time of constrained resources. As the global city
today is driven by market forces rather than by traditional ideas
of planning, basic urban concepts such as socio-economic
diversity and a mix of typologies, spaces and activities, are lost.
Many urban theoreticians today are therefore pointing towards
the so called auto-constructed settlements, as environments
producing new urban agendas and alternatives to the formulation
of citizen’s rights to the city.


Program:
16.30–16.40 Introduction. Henrietta Palmer, professor of
architecture, Resources/Royal Institute of Art.
16.45–17.15 Commons in Cape Town. Book launch and
presentation of the collaboration Commons in
Cape Town, by Johanna Jarméus, landscape
architect and Nadine Aschenbach, architect,
participants in Resources.Lab.
17.15–17.45 Presentation by Aditya Kumar, architect, CORC
and Melanie Manuel, community leader
Manneberg/Cape Town.
Short break
18.00–18.45 Presentation by Jailson de Souza da Silva,
professor of geography, Observatório de Favelas/
Rio de Janeiro.
18.45–19.30 Panel discussion with speakers, moderated by
Henrietta Palmer
19.30– Mingle
Refreshments will be served during the seminar.

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Keynote speakers are:

Jailson de Souza e Silva, professor of geography, social activists and founder of Observatóry de Favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Aditya Kumar, architect from The Community Organization Resource Center (CORC) in Cape Town, an organization affiliated to The Shack/Slum Dwellers International organization (SDI).


Melanie Manuel, Community Leader Mannenberg, Cape Town and coordinator for Western Cape backyarders Network and Informal Settlement Network that fosters solidarity between the Urban poor.


Resources.Lab is an international forum for knowledge production about future urban environments, at Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden. Resources.Lab utilizes design-based
research methods to explore the potentials of urban environments in an unpredictable world of increasing social division and suneven distribution of resources.


Very welcome!

For Resources.Lab
Henrietta Palmer and Katarina Nitsch


For contact: Anna Wignell, Department secretary/ Mejan Arc
Phone: 070 783 63 85



RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday November 1st

This seminar is partly founded by Swedish Research Council.

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CT

2013-10-21

Contemporary Urban Commoning Practices:
Learning from Brazilian movements


Open Lecture with Stavros Stavrides


Time: 09.15 - 12.00, Wednesday October 23rd
Place: Mejan Arc, Royal Institue of Art, Lecture room, 3rd floor, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.
Language: English

Welcome to an open Lecture and discussion with Stavros Stavrides, professor of architecture and social activist, Athens.

What role do social movements play in the relation to urban transformations? With the starting point in Brazil's urban landscape and in contemporary urban social movements, Stavros Stavrides will discuss how the concept of commons could be integrated as a possible transformation of the city.

RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Tuesday 22nd of October

The lecture is part of the ongoing program Resources.13; Radical Shift | Incremental Change: Rio de Janeiro.


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2013-05-08

Land of Strangers

Open lecture with Ash Amin


Time: 8 May 2013 at 10:00 - 12:30
Place: Mejan Arc, lecture room, third floor, Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1. 
Language: English

I wanted to look for a politics for the stranger, and of the stranger, which didn't require of strangers to become friends with each other or with the host community. I felt that that kind of politics was just too narrow and impossible quite frankly in a very cosmopolitan age. Ash Amin, Land of Strangers

In the lecture professor Ash Amin will be looking at the rise of xenophobia in Europe, and the play between biopolitics, phenotypical racism, and everyday conviviality, in regulating the balance between aversion and inclusiveness. The talk will draw on the book Land of Strangers

Ash Amin is Professor of Geography at Cambridge University. He is the author of Land of Strangers and coauthor (with Patrick Cohendet) of Architectures of Knowledge: Firms, Capabilities, and Communities. Ash Amin is known for his work on the geographies of modern living, for example thinking urban and regional society as relationally and materially constituted; and globalization as an everyday process that thoroughly reconstitutes meanings of the local. He has also contributed to thinking on the economy as a cultural entity, while his writings on race and multiculturalism have helped change policy work on the management of ethnic diversity.

The lecture is organised by Resources.Lab/12, Mejan Arc, Royal Institute of Art, in collaboration with the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm. University. The lecture is part of the course In Search of Common Ground: Resources.Lab/12..

Register not later than May 6, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Please note, places are limited to 50. Let us know in time if you like to attend the lecture. Texts can be handed out in advance.


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2013-04-11


Commoning the City - Conferense 2013




If we look beyond the state and private property driven developments, which have dominated the urban landscape throughout Europe the last fifty years, we encounter a rich tradition of cities and communities formed on the principles of the commons. Having been out of the picture for quite a while, the commons is regaining momentum in the international debate on and around spatial and social justice, the use of natural resources, and digital cultures. Both through practice and exploration, the concept of commons enters the contemporary city.


Time: 11 April 2013 at 09:00 - 18:00
Plats: The Architecture Museum. Exercisplan, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm. 

COMMONING THE CITY is an exploratory journey into the field of urban commons. We would like to invite you to join the ongoing investigation of what urban commons is at present, how it translates to Stockholm in particular, and what its potentials are for the future of the cities around the world.

COMMONING THE CITY will explore the theory and practice of urban commons in the context of Sweden, and beyond. By bringing together professionals from the fields of urban theory, architecture, digital culture, film, literature and social sciences, as well as hands-on practitioners and policy makers, the conference will investigate what role the commons can have in shaping the cities? future. Which initiatives exist today in the Swedish context, and from what kind of urban landscape do they arise? In what ways is this situation related to global scenarios? What can we learn from recent events that shaped the digital revolution, and what historical grounds are there to fall back onto?


Among the speakers you will hear Fritz Haeg, Fredrik Åslund, Pier Paolo Fanesi, P.M., Alex Haché, Marcell Mars, Saki Bailey and Stavros Stavrides.


COMMONING THE CITY is organised by the participants of the post-master research programme In Search of Common Ground, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, in collaboration with
STEALTH.unlimited and the Architecture Museum, with support from Formas.


Registration
There will be limited number of places available, please reserve your seat as soon as possible by registering at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Videos from the lectures will be published at the Royal Institute of Art's web site on April 12th, 2013. They will be available for 30 days.


Contact
Professor in Architecture Henrietta Palmer:
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Public Relations Manager Anne Joki Jakobsson:
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2013-03-21

Designing the Post-Political City and the Insurgent Polis

Open lecture with Erik Swyngedouw


Time: 21 March 2013 at 09:00 - 12:00
Place: Mejan Arc, lecture room, third floor, Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1. 

Erik Swyngedouw, professor in geography at University of Manchester , visits Royal Institute of Art and gives an open lecture entitled Designing the Post-Political City and the Insurgent Polis.

“Western democracies are only the political facades of economic power. A façade with colours, banners, endless debates about the sacrosanct democracy. We live in an era where we can discuss everything. With one exception: Democracy. She is there, an acquired dogma. Don’t touch, like a museum display. Elections have become the representation of an absurd comedy, shameful, where the participation of the citizen is very weak, and in which the governments represent the political commissionaires of economic power” (José Saramago, 2006).

What is the democratic polis all about? What do we precisely mean by democracy? Eric Swyngedouw, professor of Geography at University of Manchester, points towards the disappearance of the democratic polis and its gradual replacement of a post-political city, a city of elite fantasies and of empty signifiers. In parallel, an insurgent polis is asking for Real Democracy Now. Is there still hope for the emergence of the political city? How can we reclaim the polis again, if at all? Can a properly democratic common urbanity still be thought of and practiced in the 21s century?


Texts for preparations are handed out in advance.
Please contact Henrietta Palmer, Professor of Architecture:
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This lecture is part of the course In Search of Common Ground running at Mejan Arc, and is organized in collaboration with the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University.


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2013-02-28

Cities in conflict - The right to protest and the privitisation of public space.

Open Lecture with Sarah Sackman


Sarah Sackman, barrister and lecturer at LSE Cities, visits Royal Institute of Art and gives a public lecture entitled Cities in conflict - The right to protest and the privitisation of public space. Sarah Sackman has been following the Occupy Movement and the legal processes related to occupation and public space.

Contact professor Henrietta Palmer to participate:
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Time: 28 February 2013 at 13:00
Place: Kungl. Konsthögskolan / The Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Mejan Arc, the lecture room, floor 3


invitation Photo: Sarah Sackman

30 January at 1 - 6 pm


Urban Commons. Colloquium Cape Town



Welcome to join in a conversation about Urban Commons.

Time: 30 January 2013 at 1 - 6 pm
Place: TBD, Cape Town, South Africa (Probably in Joe Slovo Township, Milnerton)
Free entrance

Further information here.


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4 December at 6 pm


Lecture: A Declaration on the Commons



A lecture with Emil Jurcan (Pulska grupa, Pula) and Ana Méndez de Andés (Observatorio Metropolitano, Madrid). The event is organised by STEALTH.unlimited and Mejan Arc (Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm) in collaboration with Arkitekturmuseet.

Time: 4 December 2012 at 6 pm
Place: Arkitekturmuséet, Exercisplan 4, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.
Free entrance

Further information here.


invitation Photo credits: 15M @ Madrid, Francis Tsang, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)


26 September - 14 October 2012


Changemaking, Dealmaking, Spacemaking
? Notes on Cape Town




Welcome to an exhibition at Arkitekturmuséet by Resources.11, Just Grounds.

With starting point in, and inspiration from, site studies in Cape Town, the exhibition explores issues on equity and contemporary and future global challenges. Changemaking, Dealmaking, Spacemaking ? Notes on Cape Town presents urban proposals by the participants, with diverse professional backgrounds within arts and architecture.

Time: The exhibition is on until 14 October. Tuesdays 10-20, Wed-Sun 10-18.
Place: Arkitekturmuséet, Exercisplan 4, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.

Invitation
Exhibition catalogue



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