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The Help-Yourself City

October 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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BLACKBURN ROOM, 4TH FLOOR, ROBARTS LIBRARY

Legitimacy and Inequality in DIY Urbanism

When local governments neglect public services or community priorities, how do concerned citizens respond? In The Help-Yourself City, Gordon Douglas looks closely at people who take urban planning into their own hands with homemade signs and benches, guerrilla bike lanes and more. Douglas explores the frustration, creativity, and technical expertise behind these interventions, but also the position of privilege from which they often come. Presenting a needed analysis Gordon Douglas is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and
Director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies at San José State University. Prior to joining San José State, Gordon was Associate Director of New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. He received his PhD in Sociology at the University of Chicago in 2014.
Legitimacy and Inequality in DIY Urbanism of this growing trend from vacant lots to city planning offices, The Help-Yourself City tells a street-level story of people’s relationships to their urban surroundings and a troubling individualization of participatory democracy.

Gordon Douglas is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies at San José State University. Prior to joining San José State, Gordon was Associate Director of New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. He received his PhD in Sociology at the University of Chicago in 2014.

 

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Date:
October 29, 2018
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Venue

Robarts Library
130 St. George St. - Blackburn Room (4th Fl)
Toronto, ON M5S 1A5 Canada