in recent discussions we talk about the city and the public and the private as if there is no alternative. but becoming a city involved the question of being grated a market right or town priveleges, not quite a long time ago still.
instead of the right to the city, the topic involves an investigation of the right to be a city.
how has this questsion of self-governance developed from the polis to the civitas, the urbs, asian ancient cities, marjet town in medieval europe, processes of eingemeindungen, gemeindeneuordnung, the integration of informal settlements "into the city", to give birth to new forms of expression.
polis and politics
civitas and civilization
market towns (minderstadt): market right and tolls
city wall. town laws and vogelfreiheit