2014 OPEN CALL > 2014 FESTIVAL THEMATICS AND QUESTIONS > Who Dares Wins Urbanism



 ‘Who Dares Wins’ (Qui audet adipiscitur) is the motto for at least nine ‘Special Forces’. Who Dares Wins propels notions of opportunism, expedience, realpolitik, advantage, high risk, even recklessness and a cutthroat attitude. The other way of saying it could be ‘The Boldest Measures are the Safest’.

 

  • Is this psychology/psychopathology through which new understandings could derive around the conception, production and administration of cities? Is this the underlying philosophy of the Urban Industry / the urban elite?

 

  • Are the on going attempts to enclose the commons acts of opportunism? Are the fires that destroy buildings standing in the way of new developments an act of expedience?

 

  • Was the first claim to the concept of land and property ownership just a daring risk?

 

  •  Are wars a cutthroat attempt to re-boot and enrich the building industry? Are the planning laws in divided cities attempts at strategic advantage?

 

  •  Are the recent land grabs and the current attempts at legalising assimilation/death of indigenous peoples good examples of Who Dares Wins at work in our contemporary lives?

 

  • Have misunderstandings of Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest lead to a virulent and ruthless new strain of capitalism or globalisation?

 

  • Is it important to start developing a library where the methodologies, tactics and case studies can be deposited making them available for wider study? Can this character of psychopathic ‘advantage’ be undone, neutralised or prevented? 


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Last updated on July 15, 2014 by This Is Not A Gateway