The Urbanization of Economic Shock Therapy

Two Decades Later

Friday 22 March, 2013
5 - 7pm, $0

New School, Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue

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Two decades have passed since the first transitional shocks of Southeastern European economic therapy. Bucharest, Zagreb, Tirana and Belgrade, to name a few, have surrendered control of their growth to private market forces, foreign direct investments, foreign credits, foreign institutions and the trade economy of foreign products. As an effect and due to promoted speculation, land privatization and spatial capital concentration, the territorial 
organization of these cities has spurred out of control and in many cases generated social and environmental havoc.

How long will we continue to tolerate the powerlessness of spatial practices under such dictates?

This discussion will examine our education and practice around spatial understanding into our tragic reality of limited social relations, confrontations and experiences. From the Southeast European crisis, we will seek alternatives that emerge from critical and practical engagements with institutions, society and the individual behaviors that construct contemporary urban life. Achieved by a radical expansion of knowledge - and 
most importantly - action.

This Round Table will introduce the urbanization of shock therapy, within the very same terms defined by the capitalist logic of urbanization.

  • Ana Džokić
    STEALTH.unlimited (Belgrade/Rotterdam), architect, PhD candidate at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm with practice based research on “Practices of the Essential In-between”
  • Marc Neelen
    STEALTH.unlimited (Belgrade/Rotterdam), architect, visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, School of Architecture
  • Miguel Robles-Durán
    Urbanist and Director of Design & Urban Ecologies Graduate Program at Parsons The New School for Design

STEALTH.unlimited is a Rotterdam and Belgrade-based practice that points to the responsibilities and capacities of architecture in contemporary societies. Stealth acts between the fields of artistic research, spatial interventions, curation and cultural activism. The work of STEALTH is interdisciplinary, multifaceted and involves many participants – to mobilize thinking on shared future(s) of the city and its culture.

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