"The shift in ‘ownership’ of public space from the local state with ostensible social and communal objectives, to private ownership with commercial and profit making objectives, lies at the heart of the trend towards restrictive practices. This process is of course itself but a reflection of wider social developments associated with the emergence of neo-liberal economic and political programmes in all European countries."
Doherty et al.- Homelessness and Exclusion (2008)
(Source: sociology-of-space, via socio-logic)
"The call to create more resilient cities has become a dominant theme. This can have different connotations: from disaster risk reduction to preparing for and responding to future environmental challenges. It will be a big challenge to ensure that policies, planning and design support the aspirations of poor and marginalised groups of citizens at the local level."
— Mathew Wood-Hill on the challenges facing future cities. (via thisbigcity)