The Beginnings of Enlightened Planning? via

March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

By Skye Dobson, SDI Secretariat

In a previous piece on the Makerere/SDI partnership in Uganda, Noah Schermbrucker, questioned the sources of knowledge that guide urban planning. In this second installment I would like to continue that discussion. When considering the planning profession I am often reminded of Michel Foucault’s account of the clinician and the evolution of scientific empiricism in The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception (1963)

The “gaze” of the planner these days is often perceived to possess the same objective and rational wisdom as that of Foucault’s clinician. In urban development circles urban planners are believed capable of revealing the city’s hidden truths and taming urban unruliness through a classificatory kind of wisdom, which enables them to identify nodes of dysfunction with supposedly enlightened and absolute objectivity. The planner, like the medical clinician, is believed to possess no agenda and seek solely to maximize efficiency.

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Redemption and Liberation in the City –

March 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mass prayers in Cairo, mega church services in Lagos, large-scale festivals in Mumbai: At the international “Global Prayers” conference in Berlin, researchers and artists explored the phenomenon that is the global expansion of cities and religions. Aya Bach reports

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Blog post: Reclaiming public space

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Reclaiming public space – reflection on participatory approaches in sustainable city development in the context of the Arab Spring

by Ebba Augustin

In December 2010, when demonstrators in Sidi Bouazid in Tunisia went out onto the street with “a rock in one hand, a cell phone in the other,”[1]to get the news out of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi little did they know that they would start a revolution that is still sweeping the countries of the Middle East- one by one.   « Read the rest of this entry »

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