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)

Writing urban from STS

To write is an extension of walking. Yes, it is merely that. To write is organizing memories in a semantic structure with the aim of translating emotions to a solid state where those can be preserved and reutilized how many times the reader consider necessary. To walk is an exercise of capturing and collecting moments,… Continue reading Writing urban from STS

Working on palimpsests (I). Snapshots and stamps of the urban landscape

Palimpsest is a concept widely used from many sides for talking about the city and urban life. Andreas Huyssen used it in an attempt for linking memory, as a political subject, to spatial practices in three cities that have suffered either "major social or political traumas:" Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New York. The chapter number… Continue reading Working on palimpsests (I). Snapshots and stamps of the urban landscape

The surprising lack of interest in Times Square

The scholar works about Times Square seem to disappear at the end of the 1990s. It is not that nobody wrote about Times Square anymore, the issue is that almost any recent work about the Square is about the nineties or before. The Era Giuliani is the period that has attracted most academic glances due… Continue reading The surprising lack of interest in Times Square

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

The problem with gentrification

Depending on your way of looking, urban transformations can be appreciated either as intense controversies or as black boxes labeled under the label of gentrification. Although at the beginning gentrification looks like a controversy itself, the debates around this concept seem is getting cold and shaped as a not official agreement (Hammet, 1991) between the… Continue reading The problem with gentrification