Experimenting in the experimental city

Cities are the epithet of progress. Cities are the humanity’s greatest invention (Glaeser, 2011). Cities are sites for experimenting, creating, and innovating. But cities are also scenarios where poverty, inequality, environmental threatens, and insecurity happen. Cities are administrative ways of dividing geographies. “City” is a metaphor; the city is a semantic resource. “City” is a… Continue reading Experimenting in the experimental city

Looking for a locality. Working on transitions in Times Square (I)

Transition studies in STS (Elzen et al. 2004; Geels, 2002, 2010; Grin et al. 2010) have a preference and a solid background on Large-scale and long-term technological issues in contexts of crisis. (See, for example, low-carbon transition in a situation of climate crisis: Steward, 2012; Xiang-Wan, 2016; Geels et al. 2017; Geels, 2018; Roberts et… Continue reading Looking for a locality. Working on transitions in Times Square (I)

Baklavas in Mauerpark

Every time I am reading, I cannot stop comparing other people's work with mine. But how I do that is paying attention to the way they are knitting their set of concepts. I always find interesting the fluency the rest of the word has for using theoretical notions. The confidence they have for naming things… Continue reading Baklavas in Mauerpark

Eyes on the street. Looking for dragons in the streets of Berlin, Paris and New York City (II)

One of the things that Paris, Berlin and New York have in common is the ability for seducing (Cochoy, 2016). Those cities, along their history, have attracted (and generated too) a tremendous heterogeneous flow of groups, ideas and processes that have transformed those places into an object of desire, but also a touristic landmark, a… Continue reading Eyes on the street. Looking for dragons in the streets of Berlin, Paris and New York City (II)

Barber, the city, and the necessity of untying the hank

Benjamin Barber was someone I always wanted to interview. His thoughts about cities, democracy, and global exchange resulted not only interested but also, in a certain way, inspired to me. Barber's work can be placed in two different scenarios: one political and another academical. In the first one, and talking specifically about cities, perhaps his… Continue reading Barber, the city, and the necessity of untying the hank

Traveling light, an epistemological promise

How can we close the gap between reality and theory? How can we explain a reality that is fluent and that is always changing when the theoretical constructions we use for it are going slower than the world outside? Those questions were proposed by Hugo Zemelman (2012) in a paper about epistemic thinking. According to… Continue reading Traveling light, an epistemological promise

Relativity and an ontology of the particular

The elaboration of a “particular case” has two stages. The first one is selecting a specific portion of spatialized reality for being decomposed and analyzed. The reality, in a pragmatic view the world that is there, is the group of things that exist before the researcher’s interference. In other words, in an urban-open scenario reality… Continue reading Relativity and an ontology of the particular

Generalities about particular cases

if we want to be on the sidelines of totalitarian points of view, we need to use relativity and a particular and located vision. To talk about relativity results problematic nowadays due to the possible relationship that could be traced between relativism and postmodernism, interpreting the first one into the frame of the second one.… Continue reading Generalities about particular cases