Summary of next two weeks in 505

Hi -here is a summary of the new schedule following feedback via the email survey:

Week 14: April 28

Project time.  Please visit me, if you wish, between 7:45-9:40 am when I will have open office hours.

Please note that we are fortunate to have two prominent urbanists visiting Madison from Toronto during Week 14.  Their visits, which are coincidental in terms of timing, provide us with an opportunity to learn about the city, urbanization processes, and urban theory. Please try to attend one or more of the four talks on offer:

Kanishka Goonewardena (Geography, University of Toronto)

  • “Urban Studies, Critical Theory, Radical Politics”, Tuesday, April 27, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
  • “The Right to the City”, Wednesday, April 28, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
  • Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public, Thursday, April 29, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Further details are available via the Havens Center website.

Roger Keil (Environmental Studies, York University). Roger works closely with Neil Brenner, FYI.

  • ‘”Global suburbanism: The challenge of 21st century urbanization”, Friday 30 April, 3:30 pm, Rm 180 Science Hall

Week 15: May 5

  • McNeill, Donald (2009) The Global Architect: Fames, Firms and Urban Form, NY: Routledge, ISBN 0-415-95641-2

Note: Don will speak to us via Skype for approximately 30 minutes.  I will project him in via my office computer in Room 346.  Please show up 7:45 am (it is 10:45 pm in Sydney!) so we can listen to him before it gets too late Down Under.

Finally, please recall that your projects are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday 11 May.  They should be dropped off in my mailbox on the 3rd floor of Science Hall (by the State Cartographer’s Office) or else slipped under my office door.

Let me know if you have any queries or concerns.  K

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India’s left behind: Millions in Mumbai still live in desperate poverty

Link here for the video in HD.

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Kanishka Goonewardena–The Right to the City

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UN Habitat Report/resources for your project

Hi – this is a reminder that we will be discussing:

  • UN Habitat (2009) State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 – Harmonious Cities, London: UN Habitat

next Wednesday.  The report is available here for free in PDF format.

I also encourage you to scan through the UN-Habitat website to get a sense about the nature of this institution.

If you have not used the Web of Knowledge (Web of Science) yet for your projects, please start today and do not complete your project without spending at least a few hours on it!  This database is arguably the best resource for urbanists. I have met up with a variety of you about your projects over the last few weeks and I get a mixed feeling re. how many of you have utilized this excellent database.

And finally, on the project issue, I trust you are making good progress this week.  Feel free to email me about setting up a time to discuss your project next week, or else drop in on Wednesday between 3-5 pm.

Cheers,  K

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Spot the cities? World Air Traffic 24 Hour Period

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Sufjan Stevens: BQE

Link here for a 50 minute video (“a programmatic tone poem with film accompaniment for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway”) by the always creative Sufjan Stevens – it is only on-line for one week so watch it sooner than later.  A ‘screen grab’ is below.  Hope your spring break week is going well…K

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Cities talks during Week 14

Dear 505ers,

We are fortunate to have two prominent urbanists visiting Madison from Toronto during Week 14.  Their visits, which are coincidental in terms of timing, provide us with an opportunity to learn about the city, urbanization processes, and urban theory. Please try to attend one or more of the four talks on offer:

Kanishka Goonewardena (Geography, University of Toronto)

  • “Urban Studies, Critical Theory, Radical Politics”, Tuesday, April 27, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
  • “The Right to the City”, Wednesday, April 28, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
  • Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public, Thursday, April 29, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science

Further details are available via the Havens Center website.

Roger Keil (Environmental Studies, York University). Roger works closely with Neil Brenner, FYI.

  • ‘”Global suburbanism: The challenge of 21st century urbanization”, Friday 30 April, 3:30 pm, Rm 180 Science Hall

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