Socio-City — The City Is A Space Where The Powerless Can Make History


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Abstract:

Socio-City dares people to claim their right to their cities. It is both a cry and a demand for the creation of more democratic space, to challenge the privatization of our cities and awaken a public urge to act. My research will critique the current state of public space, one of contrived diversity and superficial instrumentalisation of social priority implemented by an authoritative power. I will utilize Jane Rendell’s theory of ‘critical spatial practice’ to pursue the idea of an open, spontaneous city that embraces adaptability, and provides opportunity for new appropriations that are assumed by civil actors; those unattached to the official institutionalized domain of urban planning and politics (Groth & Corin, 2005). People like you and I. People of the city: Socio-City.