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Claim, Occupy, Create

Claim, Occupy, Create: Aesthetics and Politics of Urban Citizenship The New Met is organising a symposium about urban citizenship in Europe Edinburgh, 17 June 2016. Opening Event The symposium begins with an opening event at WordPower books in the form of a… 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 →

Democratic Renewal: City Link Symposium 2015

The New Metropolitan is participating in an exciting day of events exploring Democratic Renewal. Various aspects of urban citizenship will be discussed in a morning of talks at Summerhall and in an afternoon of activities. The symposium is being directed by… 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 →

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Can we give creative control to citizens through hacking?

Using storytelling as a method for investigating social practices, The Community Hacking project identified the principle of ‘writing back’ to a subject as a form of hacking. A series of workshops in Edinburgh encouraged community members to ‘write’ their memories of the area on to photographs that were… Continue Reading →

Creating ‘mixed communities’ means starting at the top – so let’s bulldoze Belgravia

Peter Matthews argues that poverty and affluence are two sides of the same coin. One would not exist without the other – and both can be found concentrated in areas of extremes. In this article he identifies how, when trying to… Continue Reading →

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Amsterdam Gets Creative by Richard Williams

Get The New Metropolitan’s perspective on contemporary Amsterdam with Richard Williams’ December photo-essay.  All images Richard Williams, December 2014 1. A’dam tower under construction From the ferry on the river IJ, the A’dam tower under construction, and at its base, the EYE film museum…. Continue Reading →

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