Nemona designers at the Neukölln Fashion Weekend
By Claudia Rojas
After presenting an urban analysis of Nemona and narrating some histories of social integration in Neukölln, Berlin, in this article we will summarize the most important activities and accomplishments of Nemona´s fashion designers. Their participation (as well as the participation of fashion producers) has a special characteristic that contributed to the success of this network: cooperation. The network´s participants are not encouraged to compete against each other, but, on the contrary, they are encouraged to cooperate with each other. This might sound like an empty phrase, but a couple of real-life examples should help to make this point a little clearer.
By Renard Teipelke
In the past years, we could witness the increasingly strong presence of international corporations in downtown areas. Ranging from telecommunication and fashion to fast food and electronics, major brands have successfully invaded the centers of our cities. This is often discussed, for instance, with respect to McDonalds and (more recently) Starbucks stores popping up seemingly at every corner in the downtown area of (at least larger) cities. In the following article, I would like to address this latter aspect with a focus on the role of ‘international guests’ in global cities.
Contributions are welcome that explore the various perspectives of place branding, management or any other type of ‘orchestrated action’ that investigate or apply business principles in or to places.
Potential themes include:
- Critical perspectives on place management and branding
- Place competition, co-operation and co-opetition
- Digital place marketing
- Place leadership and governance
- Community involvement and ‘grassroot’ movements
- Social media and place
- Place identity and attachment
- Managing place decline
- Town centre management and Business Improvement Districts
- Retail change and the impact on the high street
In the first instance authors should send a 400 word abstract of their paper to email@example.com by the 1s August 2012. At the end of the abstract, authors should indicate whether their paper is an academic or practitioner paper. Successful Author’s will be invited to submit a full paper for the conference by 1st December 2013. The best papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Place Management and Development. All accepted papers and abstracts from registered delegates will be published in the ISBN conference proceedings.
Logo of the project “Hacking the City” which took place on the occasion of the “European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010.”
by Hanna Lutz
The “end of public space” is proclaimed often. Urban researchers complain about increasing and omnipresent surveillance methods in as well as extensive privatization of public areas. The discussion about the decline in public space also focuses on the ubiquity of advertising messages in urban space and the so called “architecture of control” that subtly instructs urban residents’ behavior. Entering the aforementioned key words on google it brings up hundreds of books, papers, essays, articles, lectures, panel discussions etc. about the incorrect, contorted or ruined form of public space. Walking around several European or North American cities with a vigilant eye though, you can find a lot of interventions that face these tendencies creatively with direct actions: billboards turned to plant-holders, self-made zebra crossings and bike lanes, parking lots converted into picnic areas, … In this and future posts I want to give an overview about these direct actions, so called “Urban Hacks”, as a reaction to the loss of public space and show their value in terms of protecting its ideal forms.
by Ares Kalandides
In this new paper that appears in the July issue of the European Urban and Regional Studies, Prof. Dina Vaiou and myself examine how the neighbourhood becomes the resource through which people can claim the right to the city.
‘Ethnic’ neighbourhoods? Practices of belonging and claims to the city
by Ares Kalandides and Dina Vaiou
The formation or consolidation of ‘ethnic’ neighbourhoods in European cities has made ethnic/racial differences more visible in urban space and has brought back to the forefront of both academic and political debate questions about the spatial concentration of ‘strangers’ (segregation), citizenship rights and ‘integration’. The women and men who live in the city have, or may claim, a right to the city that includes on the one hand the right to appropriate urban space and on the other hand the right to participate in its production and in decisions about it but also in (re)defining patterns of living it. In this context, migrants reconfigure the meanings of belonging against dominant spatializations through their everyday practices. Moreover, more or less institutionalized forms of political participation create new spatial levels of citizenship not limited to the scale of the nation-state. Interactions among migrants and locals continuously redefine the subject of rights as they activate processes of access, participation and inclusion/exclusion in/from the urban public sphere. This paper discusses these processes and terms, drawing on examples from Berlin and Athens. We focus in particular on neighbouring as the space and resource of belonging and on how this is related to participation and urban citizenship. The two cities offer different contexts in which institutional policies, informal practices and claims for participation at the neighbourhood level define, in different ways, citizenship as a spatial strategy and help qualify the content of the ‘right to the city’.
For the full article go to EURS July 2012 issue
By Keren Karp, Maria Paula Gutierrez, David Karolinski and Claudia Rojas
Marzahn and other “invisible” districts of Berlin may very well be the next upcoming playground of the independent music scene in the city.
An offbeat course on the creative industries of Berlin, offered at the Hertie School of Governance in collaboration with INPOLIS, lured us into a small research project examining the relationship of Berlin’s public policy framework to the evolvement of the independent music industry in the city. Along our research, we reached the conclusion that public policy should foster the expansion of the music industry to districts located in the outskirts of the city, i.e. Marzahn. In this article, we present a short background to introduce our case study, our findings and our consequent proposals.
Music industry in Berlin and especially in Marzahn
The music sector is one of Berlin’s most important creative industries in regards to tourism and city branding and it has always been a driving factor in the German music scene. The relatively cheap real-estate prices in comparison to the German average are a key incentive for music sector players to move to the capital. Since this sector in Berlin is mostly composed of small-to-medium sized independent companies, the Berlin Music Commission (BMC) is the overarching non-governmental network representing the music industries political and financial interests through lobbying and public affairs. Continue reading
by Ares Kalandides
The Athens-raised bi-national Berliner weighs in on the cultural animosity surrounding the euro debate.
Sometimes it’s hard to be a German, yet it seems that becoming one is even harder. I was doing well for a while. I got my own flat in Berlin’s most gentrified neighbourhood, assembled my little patchwork family and stopped smiling at unknown shop attendants. Things were going so well that in 2000, after 10 years in the country, I was even given German citizenship. I was finally home, as happy as any German can be.
Then two years ago everything started going downhill. In March 2010 Focus magazine published an issue that was to have considerable consequences. The cover showed the famous Louvre statue “Venus de Milo” giving the finger to the reader. The headline said “Crooks in the Euro Family” – and addressed Greece, the country where I was born and raised. Now, to be very honest, I do not much care for national symbols, so I was not offended by the statue’s rude gesture, but being called a villain – in a general, undifferentiated manner – was indeed shocking. The real blow though was the content of the main article. Practically every single piece of prejudice that can be conceived about a people was in there. Greeks (in general) were dishonest, lazy, and useless. Their civilisation was rubbish. Their islands overrated. Even their food was indigestible. That article was so stupid as to become ridiculous. Or so I thought. The global financial crisis, which had started in the fall of 2008, was producing its first visible victim among countries: Greece. The newly elected government under George Papandreou turned to Europe for help. National finances were so desolate that the state would soon be unable to meet its obligations. Greece was reduced to the role of a beggar, a role it is still playing. Continue reading
by Hans Pul
Place reputations sometimes alter abruptly, but mostly it is a long process in time. Sometimes, place reputation changes take generations. The following article by Joris Luyendijk, a Dutch journalist at The Guardian, deals with this theme from his individual perspective (with many references to football and politics). It deals with how Germany is seen by the Dutch, and how this has changed in a positive manner in the last decades:
“Damn! Where have my anti-German feelings gone?”
Secondly, the article is a good illustration of how “the grass is always greener at the neighbour’s garden”, as a Dutch saying goes. It shows how having an (overly) positive image of Germany, combined with an (overly) negative stance towards their own country, has become fashionable among Dutch intellectuals:
”And as Germany is becoming a country to look up to, the Netherlands is fast becoming a country to be ashamed of – making anti-German feelings even harder to harbour.”
Read the full article at The Guardian.