[-empyre-] "Urban resilience"

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 4 15:58:02 EST 2012

Hi Ethel and I am so happy you introduced yourself in such a flamboyant way
I am not familiar with the Occupy Movement (the two cities I live between,
Stockholm and Montevideo, are very lawful cities :) nobody occupies :)
But I know a bit of the Arab Spring, I have been in the Middle East ten or
twelve times and I am familiar with Amman, Nablus, Ramallah and Jerusalem,
Damascus and Tel Aviv. Have friends who are living in Cairo as well.
My reflection is: the cities on the Middle East (Tel Aviv is the exception)
are among the oldest cities in the world, they have been populated for
several thousand years. The population have an organic relation to their
city, very similar to the cities in the European Middle Age Henri Pirenne
In the centers of the cities people still cook, mend, repair, forge, all
the professions are there on the streets, in small shops, near the souks.
It was not necessary Twitter or any high technological skill to convocate
the people to Tahir Square. The same happens in Homs.
People swarm to the squares to yell their discontent and their rage.
And swarms are still non explained by any rational means, it's good, we
need some mysteries left :)


On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM, Ethel Baraona Pohl
<ethel.baraona at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello everybody at empyre,
> I'm Ethel Baraona Pohl, architect, researcher and publisher living in
> Spain, where the current sociopolitical and economic situation is driving
> architects to focus again in concepts like "resilience", as Ana pointed two
> days ago when she introduced the topic of March. I want to go further and
> use a quote by François Roche <http://www.anycorp.com/log_submissions.php> to
> discuss the urban relationship between the terms "resilience" and
> "resistance":
> *"The stuttering between Resilience (recognition of vitalism as a force
>> of life and innovation) and Resistance ("Creating is resisting") will be
>> the goal . . . 1+1=?"*
> Is resistance a new way of resilience? If we understand the city as the
> scenario for resistance, movements like the Arab Spring and Occupying Wall
> Street can be understood as the urban capacity to respond to perturbation.
> Going deeper, I want to discuss here which are the similarities and
> differences between this two concepts.
> Looking forward to hear your thoughts and comments!
> ---
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