How do we reactivate vacant buildings in inner cities? In this article, I go into four steps for revitalizing vacant downtown spaces with some examples from my work.
How can cities support their creative sectors when public health demands that their traditional business models be laid still? I have a new article out on the URBACT blog which explores good practices and examines how cities can move from immediate help to sustainable new models. Check it out here.
Can tapping the power of the urban commons make the difference between the cities who rise to the challenge of Corona and those who don’t?
What is social constructionism and what does it have to do with urban development?
In today’s post, I examine urban commons and the affordable housing crisis from the perspective of capitalist-driven urbanism.
Today’s post dives into the idea of creating spaces for urban commons within urban capitalism.
The topic of urban commons is booming. Since we published Urban Commons: Moving beyond State and Market four years ago, there has been a strong increase in projects and publications about urban commons. What is it about the current Zeitgeist that makes now the right time for this topic?
What aspects does one need to consider when speaking about affordable housing and what role could commons-based housing provision play?
Commons and communities: Can urban commons projects lead to more innovative and inclusive urban societies?
Today’s post examines the role of urban commons in social and cultural innovation, participation in urban policy-making, and as a possibility for more inclusive urban societies.
Why smaller cities are gaining (and will continue to gain) ground in the competition for cultural innovation
Today’s post examines the effect of push and pull factors in the real estate market on creative industries and examines the potentials for cultural innovation in smaller and mid-sized cities.
Depletable vs. non-depletable resources: The case for limiting user group size in urban commons projects
I’m back from my holidays and full of ideas! Today’s post goes into group size and composition for depletable and finite urban resources like housing.
In today’s post, I examine the role of diverse real estate markets in promoting a wide variety of urban inhabitants.
The slow death of affordable housing: A primer on Berlin’s housing market in three acts. Act 3: The fate of renting and owning, today & tomorrow
Today’s post is the third and final chapter in my three-part series about the development of Berlin’s housing market from the city’s division to today. To get some background for today’s episode, housing in the reunified city, you should check out episode one and two, housing in the divided city and housing the reunified city!
The slow death of affordable housing: A primer on Berlin’s housing market in three acts. Act 2: Housing in the reunified city
This is the second chapter in my three-part series about the development of Berlin’s housing market from the city’s division to today. To get some background for today’s episode, housing in the reunified city, you should check out episode one, housing in the divided city.
The slow death of affordable housing: A primer on Berlin’s housing market in three acts. Act 1: Housing in the divided city
Today’s post is the first in a three-part series examining the development of the housing market in Berlin to round off 2017.
Cultural innovation and preservation are both necessary for vital and authentic cities. In this post, I examine the interplay between cultural heritage and cultural innovation and present a few insights from my recent research on urban development through culture.
How can we get a more diverse group of people involved in shaping the future of the city? This post identifies the main challenges to diversity and suggests some possible solutions.
Today’s post examines concrete policy measures which could work against gentrification and the displacement of commons and creative projects.
Today’s post examines the rise of the far-right party Alternative für Deutschland as a continuing side effect of German reunification.
Which parts of commons theory can be applied to the management of public spaces and what should one consider when applying this theory to the real world? Today’s post explores these questions and goes into detail about my input at the Berlin Senate Department’s Zentrenwerkstatt last week.
I’m going to be giving several talks this fall about urban commons, so today I’m going to delve into what makes urban commons different from other forms of commons.
In this post, I unpack the concept of “heritage” in its ideological political use, and reflect Trump’s recent use of this term against the backdrop of the global political shifts of the last year.
So two weeks ago, I wrote this article about the conflicted stance towards ornamentation in…
In this post, I unpack the function of memorials in social, political, and spatial negotiations of identity, history, and power.
I’ve begun work on an expanded and updated version of my dissertation, which means I’m going back through my work on symbolism, politics, and architecture. In doing so, I stumbled over some notes I made for an article about contemporary German architecture’s timid approach to symbolism and ornament, which I’ve decided to develop here. Have a look!
Does describing vacant buildings as “blight” doom them to demolition? In my newest post, I examine the consequences of framing and consensus in urban policy through the example of the term “blight.”
In this post, I summarize and briefly explain the ins and outs of urban policy, using examples from Boulder’s growth boundary to prestige pricing.
What do Bremen and Bologna have in common? They both used administrative restructuring to address their citizens’ needs and desires and boost civil society’s involvement in urban development – with great results! In this post, I explore administrative restructuring’s potentials for growth in peripheral and rural areas.