Urban reality has changed so much in recent decades that it has become almost unrecognisable. Transformations are certainly overwhelming: the explosive growth of peripheral megacities, the changes in big cities that are increasingly dispersed without specifiable limits, the forms of management and planning focused on growth and competitiveness and the progressive turning away from regulation and relief of socio-spatial inequalities. Major changes that intermingle with the necessary attention to the effects of the global economic recession and a state of growing social unrest.

This seminar aims to focus debate on the great challenges facing urban theory at present: the expansion of urbanisation, the multi-scale centre-periphery dialectic and the emergence of urban social movements. At the same time, it also aims to become aware and to question, when necessary, the role of the Anglo-American hegemony in the theoretical definition of the major themes of reflection.

Organised by Espais Crítics

In collaboration with: Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca; Universitat de Barcelona; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Icaria Editorial


FRIDAY 10 MARCH 2017, FROM 4 TO 8.30 pm
Venue: Meier Auditorium

4 pm Presentation of the seminar and of volume 9 of the collection ‘Espacios críticos’, Neil Brenner. Teoría urbana crítica y políticas de escala (Neil Brenner. Critical Urban Theory and Policies of Scale), by Alvaro Sevilla (Barcelona: Icaria, 2017)

4.10 pm Lecture by Margit Mayer (Freie Universität Berlin), ‘Neoliberalism and the Urban’
5.15 pm Roundtable discussion ‘Urban Scales’, with Ramon Ribera Fumaz (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Joan Vicente (Universitat de Girona) and Claire Colomb (The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)

6.30 pm Break

7 pm Presentation by Álvaro Sevilla Buitrago (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) on the work of Neil Brenner

7.20 pm Lecture by Neil Brenner (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University), ‘Critical Urban Theory and Planetary Urbanisation’

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