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The City and the Political II

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The City and the Political is an ongoing open class and research group at The Public School, Berlin, that invites anyone to join in discussions between theories and spatial practices of "the city" and "the political."

The city is home to modern man. This class begins at the scale of the city in order to open up all levels of discourse on spatial production. What is space? What is public vs. private space? What is democratic vs. controlled (neoliberal) space? How should architects, urbanists, politicians, developers create space? How should the people take back space?

The political hints to a wide range of concepts regarding man's relation to one another, institutional formations, and potentially radical acts of protest. The spatial production of our cities cannot be divorced from a serious theoretical understanding of our contemporary politics, as representative democracy, the social movements within our cities, and strategies of radical political emancipation.

The first rendition of this class consisted of fruitful, but perhaps distracted, conversations wherein architects and philosophers disagreed about definitions, strategies, and pedagogy. The second rendition of the class hopes to more rigorously define the terms within the texts, so as to come to some group understanding of definitions, and only then to unpack, critique, and mobilize the concepts towards new concepts or spatial practices.

The readings will be announced weekly. An open bibliography is listed below. If you're interested to become more involved in the facilitation of the course, please let us know. We also hope to move beyond conversation by developing a research group that can organize events or develop textual and digital output to articulate positions and further discussion on the city and the political.


1. Henri Lefebvre, "The Right to the City," Writings on Cities, page 147-159. Found here:

2. Samuel Mockbee, "The Rural Studio," 1998,

3. Jacques Ranciére, "Ten Theses on Politics." 

4. ... 

5. ... (we're open to suggestions)


Additional bibliography can be found on our blog:



For your information: the website is now at:

See you later!

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hi everyone,

just a reminder that this class is meeting tomorrow at 8pm at Altes Finanzamt, Schönstedtstraße 7, in Neukölln.

reading material:
Jacques Rancière, "Ten theses on politics":

maybe it'd be interesting to talk about this koolhaas text:

see you on monday! nico

someone asked me for a specific time of the open source urbanism stuff; don't know to what extent this clarifies, but do with it as you will:

On the one-year anniversary of the eviction of Liebig 14-
Talks, and discussion of "Fairy Dust and Rupture" by the Free Association
3-5pm, in the Infoladen Daneben, Liebigstrasse 34 (next door to XB).

hey all,
as many of you know, the public school is moving to a new location - or actually, to a few new locations... we no longer don't have any space at our disposal on thursday nights, so this class will in the future take place on mondays (unless we find another way of resolving this) at altes finanzamt, Schönstedtstraße 7, in Neukölln. i hope this works for everyone...

my birthday party! jan, 27th, 7pm, 152 sonnennallee — potluck — buzz maltez-novaes, or call my cell phone: 01578-4814484

ok next week thursday (feb 2) there's no class at the public school, but all day there's stuff going on at the evicted squat liebigstr. 14, also a discussion and a talk about open source urbanism, i think; more info here:

For the week after Jacques Rancière I would suggest the following text about MicroPublicPlaces:

Second Class: We will be discussing Samuel Mockbee's essay called “The Rural Studio" at 8pm on Thursday the 26th at the Program on Invalidenstr. Text here:

We will begin the discussion by listing the key terms Lefebvre introduced in his essay, "The Right to the City," so bring the terms you think are most important. And then the discussion will move to the Mockbee text. Also, for other information, see the blog: — See you soon!

Thanks everyone who attended last week. Information, recordings, reading list and so on can be found here:



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