[-empyre-] "Urban resilience"

Kamen Nedev kamennedev at gmail.com
Sun Mar 4 19:53:06 EST 2012

Hola, Ethel,

I'd turn your question upside-down: "Is resilience the new resistance?"

By now, you must have gathered I have some serious reservation about
the proliferation of the term "resilience". But I think there is a
good reason for this phenomenon. We're all struggling to grasp the
real implications of current social movements and their acts of
resistance. The many, and diverse "occupy" movements appear to be
beyond the reach of the tools and concepts we have been handling

Thus, the attempts to relate the so-called "Arab Spring" to the
Spanish "#15M" movement to the recent upheavals in London tend to fall
short on the ground.

In my opinion, what we are dealing with here is a truly networked
phenomenon: these movements and spaces are first constructed online,
and only then move on to the "bricks-and-mortar" urban space. But this
doesn't mean that this phenomenon is new and unknown.

@Ana Valdés: you should locate and talk to Olaf Westphalen from the
Fine Arts Faculty in Stockholm. He has been researching the notion of
resilience as applied to current social resistance movements quite a
lot, and has some interesting ideas on the subject.



On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 5:58 AM, Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> described.
> 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 :)
> Ana
> 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 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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