society and space open access highlight papers updated

Mary Ann O'Donnell:

Contextualize what’s happening in Shenzhen with respect to cities elsewhere. Love open source, wish the scholarship was as easily accessible–hee!

Originally posted on Society and space:

The ‘highlights’ section of the Environment and Planning D: Society and Space website has been updated. The following recent papers are now available open access:

On the peripheries of planetary urbanization: globalizing Manaus and its expanding impact 32(6) 1071 – 1087 Juan Miguel Kanai

Botanical decolonization: rethinking native plants 32(2) 363 – 380 Tomaz Mastnak, Julia Elyachar, Tom Boellstorff

The right to infrastructure: a prototype for open source urbanism 32(2) 342 – 362 Alberto Corsín Jiménez

Agency, affect, and the immunological politics of disaster resilience 32(2) 240 – 256 Kevin Grove

Dissolving city, planetary metamorphosis 32(2) 203 – 205 Henri Lefebvre [translated by Laurent Corroyer, Marianne Potvin, Neil Brenner]

What is a destituent power? 32(1) 65 – 74 Giorgio Agamben G [translated by Stephanie Wakefield]

A new urban dispositif? Governing life in an age of climate change 32(1) 49 – 64 Bruce P Braun

Feminicidio, narcoviolence, and gentrification in Ciudad…

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landlord dreaming, or affordable housing III

So yes, it seems that affordable housing problems are not simply escalating, but also creating new market niches. Recently on the subway, I pick up a leaflet advertising condominiums for sale in Shenzhen East, out near Dachong. The catch? The developers weren’t targeting single families who are buying their first home or even trading up for bigger and better, but rather the developers are targeting potential landlords. From the copy:

Exquisitely designed hotel apartments, 5 years guarrentied rent, as soon as you buy you can start collecting rent.

conspicuous construction

It turns out there’s a word for the ongoing architecture of inequality: conspicuous construction.


affordable housing II: more on dormitories

Yesterday I was talking with a tourist destination designer from the Tourism Division of OCT. He explained that each themepark hires approximately 1,000 workers who are housed in dedicated buildings in OCT holdings. From the mid-eighties through the mid 90s, these apartments were allocated to single workers in OCT management. However, as they moved into larger apartments, which they bought through housing reform policies, the use of the dormitories changed. As did living densities. Continue reading


dachan: just where is the village anyway?

Those of you following the construction of Qianhai, may or may not be aware that it’s cultural geography includes many, many fish (now buried) and Dachan Island, once upon a time home to Dachan Village. Inquiring minds want to know: just where is Dachan Village, today? Continue reading


piecework: replacing urban villages with chimerican dreams

So this week is going by in a raze of urban village sections (片区). It seems that given the flat out difficulty of achieving 100% sign-off on property transfer and compensation packages, government planners and their developer agents are targeting sections of urban village for urban renewal (instead of entire villages). These sections (a) border major traffic arteries and (b) have relatively simple property relations. I also heard yesterday that in Gangxia, for example, the village was subdivided into six sections and once there was 100% sign-off in a section, it went. This would in part explain the protracted raze-scape that characterized Gangxia for several years. Continue reading

affordable housing, thoughts on

Affordable housing is a hot topic in Shenzhen and in fact, the topic is of current interest because one of the utopian impulses at Wutong Island is a proposal to bring back dormitories and cafeterias for single young professionals. Affordable housing also frames debates on the value that urban villages provide the city of Shenzhen. Results from a non-random survey of my friends on the state of dormitory housing in Shenzhen follow. Continue reading