[-empyre-] "Urban resilience"

lgm at theorbiolchem.org lgm at theorbiolchem.org
Mon Mar 5 01:02:29 EST 2012


How about discussing Urban resistance?




Quoting Ethel Baraona Pohl <ethel.baraona at gmail.com>:

> I'm really glad to fin some good friends on this discussion!
>
> @Aristide Antonas: I find quite interesting the difference you remark
> between "resilience" and "resistance" and the opposition between positive
> and negative connotations. But is not adaptability a kind of "passive
> resistance"? In case we understand "resilience" as *?the capacity of a
> system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change so as
> to still retain essentially the same function, structure, identity, and
> feedbacks?*, maybe we can find common links with the movements like the
> #15M in Spain, where resistance doesn't include any kind of implicit or
> physical violence.
>
> @Kamen I'm aware about your reservation of the proliferation of the term
> "resilience". Just as every concept that starts reaching its *tipping-point,
> * it is under the risk to becoming "trendy" and loose its real importance,
> as has happened before with terms like "sustainability" or "participation".
> But this fact only reinforces the interest to discuss here the importance
> of urban resilience going further and far away of becoming "the new
> black<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_new_black>".
> I completely agree with you that the movements we're witnessing nowadays
> are truly networked phenomenon and maybe is in the uses of these new
> technologies that we can find the new basis of resilience.
>
> If we go back to the referenced text of François Roche and his idea that
> resilience lies in the recognition of nonlinear systems in nature as a
> potential for emergence, we can go on talking about this phenomenon (#15M,
> #occupyingwallstreet) as examples of
> swarm intelligence (or the organic relations mentioned by Ana) and
> emergence, in the way that DeLanda focus on the term
> "emergence"<http://books.google.es/books?id=F5wvXkJwFwkC&lpg=PP1&dq=inauthor%3A%22Manuel%20De%20Landa%22&hl=es&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false>:
> *"**the emergent properties of a whole can now be explained as an effect of
> the causal interactions between its component parts." *According to this,
> the interactions between *citizens [net]working together* are creating a
> new resilient model in the urban context.
>
> What do you think?
>
> Ethel
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>
> On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 9:53 AM, Kamen Nedev <kamennedev at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> 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
>> hitherto.
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Kamen
>>
>> 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!
>> >> ---
>> >> Ethel Baraona Pohl | dpr-barcelona
>> >> twitter @ethel_baraona46 | about.me
>> >>
>> >> ethel.baraona at gmail.com
>> >> (+34) 626 048 684
>> >>
>> >> Before you print think about the environment
>> >
>> >
>> >
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