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REVIEW: City Link Symposium 2015 on ‘Democratic Renewal’

Urban Citizenship in Theory and in Practice: Examples from Scotland and Denmark by Richard Williams @rjwilliams44 The City Link Festival was initiated by GivRum, a Copenhagen-based non-profit organization founded in 2010. City Link is a ‘co-creating network of artists, activists, cultural entrepreneurs, researchers… Continue Reading →

Following London’s #FuckParade protest Dominic Hinde reflects on Edinburgh’s gentrification: A fig leaf for Scotland’s failed urban policies

By Dominic Hinde All images are by the author and dated Sept 29th 2015. Follow the author on Twitter @DominicMHinde Four years ago I bought a flat on Edinburgh’s Leith Walk with no insulation and a dodgy fuse board. This year I… Continue Reading →

A Folly For London

In the vein of Private Eye and Punch – or Hogarth and Banksy – read about Will Jennings’ Folly For London competition which is using satire as a tool for social action. Launching today, the competition runs through to August 28th when it… Continue Reading →

Moving mountains: Sweden’s plan to relocate a whole arctic city, with or without its citizens.

By Dominic Hinde Follow the author on Twitter @DominicMHinde   Kiruna, Swedish Lapland – “If you want a cheap kitchen fan or some radiators get in there”, chuckles Kjell Törmä, editor of the local newspaper in the Swedish city of Kiruna…. Continue Reading →

Our first public event on film: Amsterdam Street Art & Super-Gentrification

We’re delighted that our first event featuring Christoph Lindner was a huge success with a sold out venue, a brilliant speaker and panel and a lively audience debate afterwards. The entire event was filmed by The Future Positive studio and… Continue Reading →

Belgrade Waterfront: A new frontier for civic resistance?

Activist Dobrica Veselinovic describes contemporary activism in Belgrade. Urban citizens have joined forces to tell city leaders Don’t drown Belgrade! Words by Dobrica Veselinovic [Edited by Stacey Hunter] Follow Don’t drown Belgrade! on Twitter and Facebook   Belgrade’s ‘investor urbanism’ is taking place… Continue Reading →

Rebel City Amsterdam: Reflections on the Occupied University

By Christoph Lindner @cplindner Christoph Lindner is Professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, where he writes about cities, visual culture, creative practices, and globalization. Amsterdam has long been a transnational hub of countercultural activity, from the religious… Continue Reading →

Literary Citizenship: Cities and their Writers by Aleš Debeljak

This week we welcome Slovenian poet and cultural critic Aleš Debeljak to The New Metropolitan. Join us on a journey around Europe where the geography of towns, harbors, streets and squares overlaps with Debeljak’s literary topography. His most recent poetry books in English… Continue Reading →

Notes on an Urban Imagination: Sarajevo

Writing a special commission for The New Metropolitan from the post-socialist, post-conflict city of Sarajevo, Boriša Mraović inhabits a city in the midst of an – often brutal – capitalist transformation. His article is set against the backdrop of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s dramatic… Continue Reading →

Walk of Life: Art vs Advertising on Edinburgh’s Most Interesting Street

by Richie Cumming The visual landscape of my wee part of the world has changed fairly significantly over the last few months. There’s a new spectacle on Leith Walk drawing commuters’ eyes up from their hand-held devices and copies of… Continue Reading →

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