"Israeli architect and professor at Goldsmiths University Eyal Weizman has defended the RIBA’s decision to call on the International Architects Union to suspend the Israeli professional body."
Ayssar Arida on the Rise of the Urbatect at TEDxLAUSalon
To (un)know poverty is to make a shift from asking how we can help the poor, to asking how poverty is produced, to asking how wealth, power and privilege are maintained.
To (un)know poverty is to make a shift from tinkering with the charity that can do good, to transform the policies that enable wealth but impoverish poverty.
To (un)know poverty is to find the impossible space of poverty action. It is an impossible space between two extremes: on the one hand, the hubris of benevolence…and on the other hand, the paralysis of cynicism.
— Ananya Roy (TEDxBerkeley 2013)
"(Un)Knowing Poverty" by the charismatic Ananya Roy.
This is one of the most wise, smart and courageous discussions I have heard on poverty and our relation to it. Roy deconstructs the “relational” aspect we construct or inherit as part of how we know the world. While this is addressed to “millennials” of the West, I believe this applies to all millennials within a Western public sphere including all of us getting Western-style education back in the East.
This reminds me of my own questions when I walk the streets of Beirut and encounter people begging for money or assistance. While a few people offer so little money to help, the dominant discourse is “why don’t you go get a job!” People tend to dismiss how the same system that privileges them discriminates against their fellow “citizens.” Eventually, it is not the self-enacted joblessness that exacerbates poverty and need but the system that rewards the rich and impoverishes the poor.
Acrophobes, Beware! These Paintings Will Give You Vertigo
What does it mean to pursue critical scholarship in the humanities and social sciences in a settler colonial society trying to move beyond the category “settler” and “native” towards becoming the citizenry bequeathed to us by our political settlement?
Thoughts on trading in pride and security for authenticity
Of course, they are all either Americans or Europeans!
Adam Greenfield critiques the prevailing definition of the “smart city” and calls for an alternative vision that understands and responds to the messy realities of human existence.
"The smart city pretends to an objectivity, a unity and a perfect knowledge that are nowhere achievable, even in principle."