NODUS TALKS The Diverse City
In this event, we will discuss how urban planning homogenizes cities, what impacts this has and what can be done about it.
Cities are losing their spontaneity and their authenticity is disappearing, it can be argued. Subsequently, many European cities witness a loss of local resilience. Urban planning serves as a device of social control regulating the (re)production of public space, thus facilitating elite domination in urban planning and their control of the societal resources, such as space, identity, power, and wealth. The unbalanced interplay of power between diverging stakeholders is steered by policy instruments that act as a form of power, legitimize the policy outcomes, define some stakeholders and ignore others.
Hossam Hewidy is a lecturer and the head of architecture major in the master’s degree at Aalto University. He is an experienced architect and a town planner. His research interests include urban space, place-making, interplay of power, spatial justice, resilience, regional planning, and urban planning education.
Katja Lindroos is the co-founder of Urban Practice – an office for citymaking. The practice organizes events such as Lähiöfest, Nordic CityMaking Week, and the People-Driven City conference. Additionally, Urban Practice provides advice to cities and companies on collaboration models, social sustainability, and inclusivity. Katja Lindroos is a regular guest lecturer at Aalto University and has authored multiple books on post-war housing and creativity.
Guy Julier is a writer, curator and practitioner in an expanded field design. He has worked with cities and regions in addressing questions of design-led regeneration with particular foci on equalities and sustainability. He is Professor of Design Leadership at Aalto University.