#1 Overriding the Urban/Non-Urban Divide
Critical Dialogues Series: The new Urban Agenda 'on the ground'

Monday, 20 April 2015

A series conceptualised by Katleen De Flander, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, co-curated by ANCB

Part 1: Introduction

Katleen De Flander
, IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam - 00:00:00 - 00:06:59
Áine Ryan, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin - 00:07:00 - 00:09:40

Part 2: Keynote Dr. Pushpa Arabindoo

Dr. Pushpa Arabindoo, Lecturer in Geography and Urban Design, University College London; Co-Director UCL Urban Laboratory; Editor (CITY Journal, Geography) - 00:00:52 - 00:24:13
Provincialising planetary urbanisation: situating Chennai between its region and the global

Part 3: Keynote Carolina Chica Builes

Carolina Chica Builes, Director of Regional, National and International Integration – Secretariat of Planning, Bogotá - 00:00:35 - 00:32:40
Special Administrative Planning Region – Central Region. A case of new territorial arrangements that seek to overcome the urban-rural dichotomy

Part 4: Keynote Prof. Dr. AbdouMaliq Simone


Prof. Dr. AbdouMaliq Simone
, Research Professor, Max Planck Institute for Social and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, and visiting professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London - 00:00:42 - 00:24:41
When does the urban come, does it go, or does it simply change course and form, all of the time? Reflections from Jakarta

Part 5: Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion:
00:00:00 - 01:14:18
with the kweynote speakers, moderated by Dr. Pieter de Vries, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Chairgroup of Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University

BACKGROUND: Dialogue 01 - Overriding the Urban/Non-Urban Divide
This first dialogue addressed new approaches that transcend the urban age discussion (e.g. 50% live in cities) and break with the idea of the bounded city in which the urban and the non-urban are opposed, and spaces are classified within an alleged urban-rural continuum. What if, as Brenner and Schmid's critical urban theory on planetary urbanisation suggests, we talk about processes of concentrated and extended urbanisation, rather than about urban vs. non-urban form? What does this shift mean when we address resource flows, food security and inequality issues? Practical perspectives from Chennai, Bogota and Jakarta will ground the debate in reality and form the basis of a critical discussion on the ‘New Urban Agenda’ and its ‘Urban-Rural Linkages’.

The Series
IASS and ANCB have initiated a series of Critical Dialogues on the creation and implementation of a new urban agenda in the political context of Habitat III (UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016). Following the launch of the United Nations' Post-2015 Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, 2016 is the year of Habitat III in which the New Urban Agenda will be set for the coming 20 years. Habitat III is thus the continuation of an important process to secure a renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development. However, the major question and the key to success is how to approach and implement such a New Urban Agenda ‘on the ground’.  This is why each of the public dialogues in this IASS-ANCB series addresses a topic of central importance to Habitat III from both an unconventional angle and an ‘on the ground’ perspective.

The event took place at the Scandic Hotel Berlin, Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin.



The new Urban Agenda 'on the ground'
#2 Different Urbanisations



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