A selection of podcasts from the 2010 Festival. 

Special thank you to Arts Council England for helping us share the ideas, knowledge and agitation of the 2010 festival contributors with wider audiences.

Andrea Gibbons, Gilda Haas, Celine Kuklowsky, Gary Phillips: What Inspires Urban Change?

Four L.A. activists, who combine passion, politics and creativity with many years of grassroots organising experience, discuss responses to L.A.'s corporatisation. The workshop offers examples of what it takes to mobilise people's collective creativity in a city, and then ‘applies’ the results to some of London's toughest problems. 24 October / 14:00-15:30

PODCAST: What Inspires Urban Change?

Bojan Mucko: Zagreb's Winter Stores Voices 

Critical insight into Croatian post-socialist urban planning policies. Introduction to Mucko’s art practice which reflects on the problems of de-nationalisation of public space in Zagreb and the non-transparent policies of the Zagreb City Council. The case-study explored in this discussion is the case of massive closures and deterioration of private business offices in the centre of Croatia's capital - Zagreb.  23 October 2010 / 12:00-13:00

PODCAST: Zagreb's Winter Stores Voices

Discuplen Las Molestias (Raquel, Nuria Guell, and Cristina Garrido Sanchez): Creativity, Resistance, and the City 

A discussion about how creativity can challenge dominant realities in urban spaces, through the presentation of the work produced by the collective "Discuplen las Molestias". The collective name means 'apologies for the inconvenience', and refers to the typical sentence used by the Council in Barcelona and other major institutions when apologising for alterations in public spaces. By means of tactic interventions, the collective creates situations for pointing out the indiscernible conflicts of urban life, and the capitalistic system.  23 October 2010 / 12:30-13:30

PODCAST: Creativity, Resistance, and the City

Fadi Shayya: At the Edge of the City: Reinhabiting Public Space Toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh Al-Sanawbar  

A contemporary critique of urban governance and spatial production in Beirut. The presentation charts an alternative discourse from that which produces the exclusion from public spaces in Beirut. Exploring issues of advocacy and politics, Shayya’s book and research project ‘At the Edge of the City’ is a platform to contest the existing governance of Beirut’s park and to advocate a well-informed public space policy agenda.  23 October 2010 / 17:00-18:00

PODCAST: At the Edge of the City: Reinhabiting Public Space Toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh Al-Sanawbar

Fugitive Images: Estate 

A book launch and discussion that approaches the issue public housing by setting up a dialogue between photography, archaeology of the recent past, autobiography and critical theory. Members of the panel will briefly expand on the following questions: Public or Affordable Housing – does it matter? In order to create dynamic & safe affordable housing environments, should we prioritise the formation of a more equal society through social reform or the construction of ‘estates’ designed in a manner aimed at controlling behaviour through surveillance and gated style of communities? 24 October 2010 / 16:00-18:00


Hassan Mahamdallie: William Morris - Street revolutionary and urban visionary 

The common perception of William Morris is as a stuffy Victorian, a man who designed expensive wallpaper, a utopian who sought refuge from industrialism in a world of medieval fantasy. It is true that he designed wallpaper; along with furniture, ceramics, stained-glass windows, tapestries, carpets and houses. However, the ravages of industrial capitalism; its attendant imperialism and war, its destruction of the environment, and above all the enslavement of human labour to the machine appalled Morris.  As the 19th century progressed he become more political and he took the giant step across the "river of fire" and became a socialist. 23 October 2010 / 15:30-16:30

PODCAST: William Morris - Street revolutionary and urban visionary

Judith Ryser, Michael Edwards, Bob Colenutt: ‘Urban Renaissance’: For Whom? Reflections on failure and the attempts to rewrite resistance 

This discussion offers insight into the community campaigns in the Docklands, Kings Cross and the Olympic site. Looking at the idea of failure - of community planning and resistance movements – the session asks 'what are the lessons learned' and 'how do we plan for the next stages'? How has it come to be that the work and history of the community movements that fought to resist the developments have almost been rewritten? What lessons can be learnt in time for the proposed 2012 Olympic Games legacy? 22 October 2010 / 14:00-15:30

PODCAST: ‘Urban Renaissance’: For Whom? Reflections on failure and the attempts to rewrite resistance

Judith Ryser: 1968 to Now: Can we ever progress? 

Why does it seem as though we are always drawn back into the same political and economic system? Ryser reflects on the cultural-political movements of 1968 to the present sharing her experience in the fields of journalism, urbanism, organising - and also from living in Berlin, Paris and London. 68' gives a stimulating backcloth to a discussion of how a social movement would be possible at present and what it would take to get it off the ground as an alternative to neo-liberal austerity. What are ways that we can resist a 'return' to the same? How can we make apparent the subtext of the Tory Big Society before we plunge back to a pre-welfare/compassionate society? 24 October 2010 /15:00-16:00

PODCAST: 1968 to Now: Can we ever progress?

Local Base for Culture Refreshment (BLOK): The Crisis of Urban Planning in Post Socialist Context – The Sava and Upper Town in Zagreb 

UrbanFestival is an international, multimedia festival of contemporary with the intention to infiltrate contemporary art production in everyday urban life. The last two editions focused on specific city neighbourhoods connected with specific urbanistic issues. What are those two urban stories telling us on power relations in Zagreb urbanism today?  24 October 2010 / 12-13:30

PODCAST: The Crisis of Urban Planning in Post Socialist Context – The Sava and Upper Town in Zagreb

Marc Isaacs: Men of The City

Q&A with Director of the film that goes behind the headlines to examine the state of mind and motivation of Men in the City. Shot during the earliest beginnings of current financial crisis, this film explores the life in the dog eat dog world of London's Square Mile. 23 October 2010 / 20:00-22:00

PODCAST: Men of The City

Partha Banerjee: Malice in Wonderland 

A systemic and individual look at the psychology of the city and it's workers [bankers etc] in the aftermath of the economic crisis. The talk looks at a number of aspects of city life, social and financial, to try and produce a number of paradigms of understanding of what it must be like to rely upon and be part of the financial sector. October 24 2010 / 13:30-14:30

PODCAST: Malice in Wonderland

Pernille Maria Barheim, Christian von Wissel, Arturo Ortiz Struck: Your Best Investment 

The socio-spatial impact of economic strategies on urban development’s reaching far beyond The City itself. As with any other big city, Mexico City is in competition of attracting international businesses. One strategy employed has been to open the social housing market to private developers and international banks. This is not only shaping the city of today but will exert great implications on the city yet to come. 23 October 2010 / 13:30-15:00

PODCAST: Your Best Investment

Raycho Stanev, Sandra Hall: The Great Excursion  

The starting point for discussion is the interactive installation about the memories of Bulgarian Turks, hundreds of thousands of who were expelled from Bulgaria in 1989. A hidden chapter of European history, almost unknown in West Europe, it is a reminder of what happens when DNA, rather than our shared humanity, is the focus of attention. The Great Excursion is an interactive media exhibit examining a period in recent Bulgarian history when over 400,000 Bulgarian Turks were expelled from the country during what the government called an ‘excursion’ – which normally means you can return – but not in this case. 23 October / 15:00-16:30

PODCAST: The Great Excursion

Spatial Fix: The Right to the City

Do our cities reflect common needs and requirements? Or are they shaped by narrower political economic agendas? But what approaches can generate a more equal and democratic form of urban society? To address these questions Spatial Fix invited festival goers to take part in a reading group for David Harvey's essay 'The Right to the City'22 October 2010 / 16:00-18:00

PODCAST: The Right to the City