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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Rashad Shabazz, our 2015 symposium keynote, on his new position at the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, as well as the publication of his book Spatializing Blackness, and congratulations to Dr. Jen Jack Gieseking, our 2014 symposium keynote, on his new position in American Studies at Trinity College! Continue reading

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Railroads, Highways and Segregation

“Like many metaphors, “the other side of the tracks” was originally a literal epithet. Blacks were often historically restricted to neighborhoods separated from whites by railroads, turning the tracks into iron barriers of race and class. In many cities, these dividing lines persist to this day — a reflection of decades of discriminatory policies and racism, but also of the … Continue reading

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“Through A Window” application of Rhythmanalysis at SFU

An exhibit at Simon Fraser University is exploring the application of Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis in art! “Curated by Melanie O’Brian and Amy Kazymerchyk, Through A Window traces the history of art at SFU of the past 50 years. The inspiration behind the project stems from Henri Lefebvre’s book Rhythmanalysis (1992), particularly the chapter “Seen from the … Continue reading

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Data-Driven, Networked Urbanism

Rob Kitchin has a new paper out, “Data-Driven, Networked Urbanism.” See Sam Kinsley’s site for a link to the full pdf. Abstract: For as long as data have been generated about cities various kinds of data-informed urbanism have been occurring. In this paper, I argue that a new era is presently unfolding wherein data-informed urbanism … Continue reading

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“Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of ‘Spatial Thinking'”

“Traditionally, people get around their houses, neighborhoods and cities with the help of an internal ‘cognitive map.’ But that system isn’t much of a map at all. It’s more like a personal library filled with discrete bits of knowledge, landmarks (a bus stop, a church, a friend’s house), and routes. When faced with a new … Continue reading