Experimental Geographies

"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)

Inaugural Neil Smith Lecture: Derek Gregory, “The Natures of War”

The Inaugural Neil Smith Lecture at The Institute for Population, Well-being and Environment Research at the University of St Andrews will be delivered by Derek Gregory. Details below: Professor Derek Gregory FRSC … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Further Reflections on the UK Housing Crisis

I can’t recommend enough the deeply sobering interview that James Butler conducted with a Balfron Tower evictee in Tower Hamlets. An upsetting if timely riposte to the egregious Wonga-fuelled boosterism … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Landscape and Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways

“[…] ‘landscape’ is not something to be viewed and appraised from a distance, as if it were a panel in a frieze or a canvas in a frame. It is … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rudi Dutschke, Victor Serge and Kronstadt

I’m currently in the middle of Gretschen Dutschke-Klotz’s harrowing biography of her late husband Rudi Dutschke, Rudi Dutschke. Wir hatten ein barbarisches, schönes Leben. Eine Biographie. At one point, Dutschke-Klotz recalls a trip … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Writing

“Wohnungslos muss nicht sein – zieht in leere Häuser ein!” “Krieg den Hütten, Paläste für alle!” “Lass kraake, lass knalle – Wir bleiben Alle!”  -German squatter slogans (via Amantine, 2012) … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reclaiming the Precarious City

I’ve been so busy over the past couple of weeks with exam marking that I never got a chance to post details of a piece that I did for the … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Regeneration as Displacement

Loretta Lees was in the School yesterday and gave an excellent paper on the state-led gentrification of British council estates since the late 1990s. The paper built, in part, on … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Crisis Urbanism

Some questions about crisis and the city (These questions are motivated by a desire to think differently about the city as a site of social transformation. If we are to, … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Open House 2013: Challenging the Housing Crisis

I can’t stress enough how urgent Open House 2013 actually is. In the words of the organisers: “Open House is a nine-day space that will bring together people facing the … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Book on the History of Squatting in Berlin

I’ve just been offered a contract to write a spatial history of squatting in Berlin for the RGS-IBG Book Series. I’m very excited and look forward to finishing the manuscript. … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · Leave a comment