Category Archives: urban

Urban Animals – Domestic, Stray and Wild

Urban Animals—Domestic, Stray, and Wild Notes from a Bear Repopulation Project in the Alps by Andrea Mubi Brighenti & Andrea Pavoni Finally OUT in Society & Animals Abstract. This piece explores ‘domesticity’ as a social territory defined by the relationship it entertains with the conceptual and material space of ‘the wild’. The leading research question […]

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“Artveillance” paper included in “Surveillance Studies – A Reader”

I’m pleased that my paper “Artveillance: At the Crossroads of Art and Surveillance” (2010) has been reprinted in Surveillance Studies. A Reader Edited by Torin Monahan and David Murakami Wood (Cambrdge University Press, 2018)

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Book Review – “Cities Contested” Edited by Martin Baumeister, Bruno Bonomo & Dieter Schott

Cities Contested. Urban Politics, Heritage, and Social Movements in Italy and West Germany in the 1970s Available here: https://aro-isig.fbk.eu/issues/2018/2/cities-contested-andrea-brighenti

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Urban thresholds and modes of domestication

A lecture I’m giving today @ERC Homing project led by Paolo Boccagni: https://webmagazine.unitn.it/evento/sociologia/47230/urban-thresholds-and-modes-of-domestication https://homing.soc.unitn.it/2018/10/05/new-seminar-a-m-brighenti-urban-thresholds-and-modes-of-domestication/

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Walls is out!

https://books.google.it/books?id=txBqDwAAQBAJ https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Walls-Political-and-Cultural-Meanings-of-Vertical-Structures-and/Brighenti-Karrholm/p/book/9781138304338  

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Urban Animals – Shifting Ecologies of Proximities

Currently working (day & night…) at this Special Issue with Andrea Pavoni: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/jmv06250-rsoc-si-cfp-urban-animals

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Beyond rhythmanalysis: towards a territoriology of rhythms and melodies in everyday spatial activities (with Mattias Kärrholm)

NOW PUBLISHED in CITY, TERRITORY & ARCHITECTURE Abstract: The recent, rich scholarship on rhythms, following in the wake of Lefebvre’s book Éléments de rythmanalyse (1992), proves that rhythmanalysis is an important sensitising notion and research technique. Despite its increasing recognition, however, rhythmanalysis has not yet become a proper science as its proponents had hoped. In […]

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Urban Animals – Guest Lecture @ U of Toronto

July 23, h.12:00, University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall

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Atmospheres of retail and the asceticism of civilized consumption (with Mattias Kärrholm)

Nout out in Geographica Helvetica – https://www.geogr-helv.net/73/203/2018/

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The Vegetative City

OUT NOW in CULTURE, THEORY AND CRITIQUE The vegetative stratum is a layer of existence that is inherent not only in plants. Here, I propose to look at how vegetative life – or, the vegetative mode of existence – affects cities. The vegetative mode of existence is not focused on activities, routines, achievements. Here appears […]

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Urban Walls. Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces

Volume Edited by Andrea Mubi Brighenti & Mattias Kärrholm. Published by Routledge – Classical and Contemporary Social Theory Series, 2018. https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Walls-Political-and-Cultural-Meanings-of-Vertical-Structures-and/Brighenti-Karrholm/p/book/9781138304338 Informal link to pdf : http://b-ok.xyz/book/3608940/7fc062 In recent years, an increasing number of separation walls has been built around the world. Walls built in urban areas are particularly striking in that they have exacted a […]

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Airspacing the City. Where Technophysics meets Atmoculture

(with Andrea Pavoni) NOW PUBLISHED in Azimuth 10.   In this paper, we seek to show how the notion of technophysics can be applied to better understand the experience of contemporary urbanism. We argue that technophysics exists in dynamic relation to an atmoculture of urban space, whereby the technological and the cultural meet on a […]

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Animals, Sociology, and The City. Theoretical and Methodological Reflections

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Cineforum TRANSIZIONI TERRITORI / 4 – I tempi dei villaggi e delle città al cinema

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The social life of measures

Now published in Theory, Culture & Society 35(1) http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/tcsa/35/1 Abstract Issues of measure and measurement, and their relation to value and values, are of concern in several major threads in contemporary social theory and social research. In this paper, the notion of ‘measure-value environments’ is introduced as a theoretical lens through which the life of […]

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An interview with Elijah Anderson

From the iconic ghetto to the cosmopolitan and beyond (with Chiara Bassetti) Interview now published in Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa  

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Questioni aperte sull’abitare alpino contemporaneo

(with Cristina Mattiucci) in Progetto Città-Valli, Quaderno n. 1 – ESSERE CITTADINI IN MONTAGNA brighenti-mattiucci-2017-questioni-aperte  

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Climbing the City. Inhabiting Verticality Outside of Comfort Bubbles (with Andrea Pavoni)

NOW PUBLISHED in Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability   Abstract. Over the last couple of decades, urban sports have been studied – as well as, in many cases, celebrated – as critical forms of using urban space. Urban climbing, a practice also known as ‘street bouldering’, ‘buildering’, ‘structuring’, and ‘stegophilia’, […]

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City of Unpleasant Feelings – Stress, Comfort and Animosity in Urban Life (with Andrea Pavoni)

Now out in Social & Cultural Geography Abstract. The image of the city as a stressful place is an evergreen topic. In this article we review the imagination of urban stress, starting from Simmel’s classic thesis that the modern city is an unavoidably psychic-stimulating environment potentially leading to stimuli overload. City dwellers are then supposed […]

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Tendencies in Architectural and Urban Research: Focusing on Everyday Life

A seminar at http://resarc.se/courses/index.html, including lecture and workshop with PhD Students

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Segni di Confine / Urban Boundaries

Special Issue of Urban Tracks (no. 22 | March 2017) – co-edited with Cristina Mattiucci and Federico Rahola

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The Visible and the Rhythmic.Visualising Rhythms in Urban and Regional Research

Lecture at GSSI Social Sciences Doctoral Programme in Urban Studies and Regional Sciences, L’Aquila

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On Walls – Stubborn and Ambiguous Artefacts…

Talk to Borders, Walls and Boundaries. The Future of European Integration Symposium organised by Paul Blokker & Debora Spini Friday 24 March at Syracuse University in Florence

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Expressive Measures: An Ecology of the Public Domain

Published in Graffiti and Street Art. Reading, Writing and Representing the City. Edited by Konstantinos Avramidis, Myrto Tsilimpounidi. London: Routledge, 2017. https://www.routledge.com/Graffiti-and-Street-Art-Reading-Writing-and-Representing-the-City/Avramidis-Tsilimpounidi/p/book/9781472473332 Paginated pdf version Clean pdf version

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Il valore dello spazio pubblico. Qualche declinazione giuridica, politica ed economica

Una relazione al seminario Giustizia, architettura, diritti. Visioni e pratiche della città contemporanea, Napoli, 29 aprile 2016.

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