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The challenge of this special issue in finding words and coming to terms with contemporary city and contemporary politics is amplified by the difficulty to pin point what and where exactly a city is and how can we perceive political activities in its context.  In making the call for contributions that are published in this special issue, I wandered into the terrain of politics with the audacity and ignorance of an architect, and searched for sticky ideas that evoke city-ness. Is politics the search for common good, or common ground? Or is it about Arendtian vision that confronts political action with social necessity? Politics, Rancière tells us, is the result of an anthropological invariant: fear that brings humans together. The questions of inclusion and participation are at the base of all political and design processes, as well as the struggle or, as Chantal Mouffe put it, agonism in public space. How could we (re)articulate modes of cohabitation that respond to the conditions of the contemporary city? Is politics human or more-than-human? This special issue presents four contributions that proceed from the panel City, Civility and Post-political Models of Freedom and Conflict panel held in November 2018 as part of the Scaffolds international symposium organized by ALICE lab from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, supported by the C I.II.III.IV. A, the Kanal Centre Pompidou, and with the participation of several institutions and university departments from KU Leuven, ULB, TU Delft, and TU Vienna. With contributions from: F. Peter Ortner (SUTD), Amir Djalali (XJTLU), Paul Holmquist (LSU) and Shintaro Miyazaki (HU Berlin).

Published: 2020-11-18


Politics and the City: Introduction to Special Issue

Selena Savic
Abstract 54 | pdf Downloads 39 xml Downloads 15


Micro-infrastructures: Architecture In Data-driven Amsterdam

F. Peter Ortner
Abstract 534 | xml Downloads 23 pdf Downloads 21

On the Uses and Disadvantages of Architecture for European Projects

Amir Djalali
Abstract 117 | xml Downloads 25 pdf Downloads 31

Designing Dissensus: Exposing the Common

Paul Holmquist
Abstract 79 | pdf Downloads 35 xml Downloads 39

Solidarity-driven media ironism and the future architect-hacker-citizen

Shintaro Miyazaki
Abstract 137 | pdf Downloads 43 xml Downloads 23