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MONU Magazine #23: Participatory Urbanism

16:00 - 15 October, 2015
MONU Magazine #23: Participatory Urbanism, Courtesy of MONU
Courtesy of MONU

From the publisher. In order to avoid participation in architecture and urban design becoming merely a politically required token of democratic involvement - a kind of fake participation that does not actually engage the participants in any meaningful way - architects, planners, and designers need to commit themselves and relinquish control, as Jeremy Till claims in an interview with us entitled "Distributing Power." With this new issue of MONU on the topic of "Participatory Urbanism" we aim to find out and reassess to what extent individual citizens really can and should become proactive in the production and development of cities and in the shaping of neighbourhoods, and where the limits of such Participatory Urbanism really lie.

The Transnational Urbanism of Paris: An Interview With Assistant Mayor Jean-Louis Missika

09:30 - 27 May, 2015
The Transnational Urbanism of Paris: An Interview With Assistant Mayor Jean-Louis Missika, The Halle Freyssinet, a 16,000 square meter railway depot that Paris is preparing to convert into the world's largest business incubator, "will be as emblematic as the Eiffel Tower". Image © City of Paris
The Halle Freyssinet, a 16,000 square meter railway depot that Paris is preparing to convert into the world's largest business incubator, "will be as emblematic as the Eiffel Tower". Image © City of Paris

In the past century, the rise of globalism, of relatively cheap international transport, and above all, of the "world city" has fundamentally changed the way we think about citizenship and the nation state. To accommodate that change, we have also had to invent a new kind of "Transnational Urbanism": at the more esoteric end of this scale are ideas such as JG Ballard's "city of the 21st century," a geographically scattered "city" made up of the interconnected no-man's-land of international airports, which was recently exemplified by Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva's hypothetical proposal for Moscow's Central Business district. At the other end of the scale are pragmatic choices that must be made by cities such as New York, London and Hong Kong that truly affect the lives of people not just living in the city, but around the world.

To probe this topic, MONU Magazine has dedicated their latest issue to the topic of Transnational Urbanism. In this extract from the magazine, MONU's Bernd Upmeyer and Beatriz Ramo interview French sociologist and Assistant Mayor of Paris Jean-Louis Missika to discover how the city is positioning itself as a 21st century global city, and how it is absorbing and adopting change in everything from the creative class to smart cities and 3D Printing.

Map of Paris with Montreuil in the east and Saint-Denis in the north. Image © City of Paris Aerial view of Ivry Bercy. Image © City of Paris Interior of the incubator in Halle Freyssinet in the 13th arrondissement in Paris. Image © City of Paris Aerial view of Ivry Choisy. Image © City of Paris +17

MONU Magazine New Issue: Geographical Urbanism

00:00 - 18 April, 2014
MONU Magazine New Issue: Geographical Urbanism

MONU– magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

MONU Magazine New Issue: Greater Urbanism

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
MONU Magazine New Issue: Greater Urbanism

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

Call for Submissions: MONU Magazine’s #19 Issue – ‘Greater Urbanism’

00:00 - 17 May, 2013
Call for Submissions: MONU Magazine’s #19 Issue – ‘Greater Urbanism’, Courtesy of MONU
Courtesy of MONU

MONU magazine on urbanism recently announced their call for submissions for their upcoming #19 issue on the topic of 'Greater Urbanism'. In this new issue, they would like to discuss the problems of urban "greatness" in a global context, but also to envision new strategies for the "greater" urban areas of cities in terms of governance, politics, space, architecture, sociology, ecology, and economics. Ultimately, this issue will try to define what "Greater Urbanism" means today in general and in relation to the past and to previous strategies. They are inviting participants to submit radical new strategies, critical thinking, analytical texts, photo essays, pioneer projects, data-based infographics, and historical research. Submissions are due before July 15. For more information, please visit here. For more information, please visit here.

MONU Magazine New Issue: Communal Urbanism

00:00 - 26 April, 2013
MONU Magazine New Issue: Communal Urbanism, Courtesy of MONU
Courtesy of MONU

MONU, a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics, just released their newest issue #18 on the topic of 'Communal Urbanism'. How should we live together? is the central question focusing on contemporary communal living in cities. According to Martin Abbott's contribution "Learning to Live Together", this is a question often discussed among the housemates of Berlin's 40 year old communal "Hausprojekt Walde". Rainer Langhans, one of the early members of the legendary "Kommune 1", founded in Berlin in 1967, is convinced that in the future we will live increasingly communally. For more information on MONU's latest issue, please visit here.

MONU Magazine New Issue: Next Urbanism

23:00 - 30 October, 2012
Courtesy of MONU
Courtesy of MONU

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

This new issue of MONU is dedicated entirely to the topic of “Next Urbanism” – meaning the urbanism of the cities of the so-called “Next Eleven” or “N-11″, which include eleven countries: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, and Vietnam. These countries have been identified as growing into, along with the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – the world’s largest economies in the 21st century. Next to interviews with Saskia Sassen and with the Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, and a series of contributions that discuss Next Urbanism in general, we feature eleven articles that focus specifically on the cities of each of the Next Eleven countries.

You can see more about the articles on their official website. Also, you can browse the entire issue break.

Call for Submissions: MONU Magazine's #17 Issue - 'Next Urbanism'

23:00 - 4 May, 2012
©BOARD. Original image: Photo still from Lewis Milestone's 1960 "Ocean's 11" film starring Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Joey Bishop. ©Warner Bros
©BOARD. Original image: Photo still from Lewis Milestone's 1960 "Ocean's 11" film starring Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Joey Bishop. ©Warner Bros

This new issue of MONU will explore how cities of the “Next Eleven” countries are already different and will be different in the future, from the cities of the “BRICs”, but also from the ones of the “MEDCs”- the more economically developed countries – in terms of their politics, their economies, their geographies, their cultures, their social aspects, their technology, their ecology and in the relation to their physical structures, such as their architecture. To investigate what kind of urbanism the cities of the “Next Eleven” countries might develop, this call for submissions for MONU texts, comparative analysis, critical surveys, scientific studies, photo essays, and data-based infographics and research on the topic of “Next Urbanism”. Submissions are due before June 30. More information after the break.

MONU Magazine New Issue: Non-Urbanism

23:00 - 19 April, 2012
Courtesy of MONU
Courtesy of MONU

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

Each issue collects essays, projects and photographs from contributors from all over the world to a given topic. Thus MONU examines the rural as a strict counterpart to the urban as it appears to be a condition of the past. At least, this is what Kees Christiaanse posits in an interview with us entitled “The New Rural: Global Agriculture, Desakotas, and Freak Farms”. He points out that, today, non-urban spaces interact so frequently and intensely with urbanity that you can no longer describe something as strictly rural. Therefore, we can no longer separate the city from the countryside as these are not polarized entities and each other’s enemies, but rather the result of each other.

They have just released their latest issue on the topic of “Non-Urbanism”. You can see more about the articles on their official website. Also, you can browse the entire issue (video after the break).

MONU Magazine New Issue: Most Valuable Urbanism

20:00 - 17 October, 2010

Each issue collects essays, projects and photographs from contributors from all over the world to a given topic. Thus MONU examines topics that are important to the future of our cities and urban regions from a variety of perspectives.

They have just released their latest issue on the topic of “Most Valuable Urbanism”. You can see more about the articles on their official website. Also, you can browse the entire issue YouTube (video after the break).

Open call for MONU new issue contributions

17:00 - 9 April, 2010

MONU magazine on urbanism is continuously looking for interesting contributions. The current open call for submissions for MONU “Most Valuable Urbanism” and closes by the end of May 2010.

MONU Magazine New Issue: Real Urbanism

12:30 - 13 March, 2010

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

Each issue collects essays, projects and photographs from contributors from all over the world to a given topic. Thus MONU examines topics that are important to the future of our cities and urban regions from a variety of perspectives.

They have just released their latest issue on the topic of “Real Urbanism”. You can see more about the articles on their official website. Also, you can browse the entire issue YouTube (video after the break).

MONU Magazine New Issue: Clean Urbanism

12:30 - 26 September, 2009

MONU – magazine on urbanism is a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics.

Each issue collects essays, projects and photographs from contributors from all over the world to a given topic. Thus MONU examines topics that are important to the future of our cities and urban regions from a variety of perspectives.

They have just released their latest issue on the topic of “Clean Urbanism”. You can see more about the articles on their official website. Also, you can browse the entire issue YouTube (video after the break).

Open call for MONU new issue contributions

12:30 - 11 March, 2009

MONU – Magazine on Urbanism, is looking for interesting contributions for their coming issue MONU“Clear Urbanism”.