The current financial crisis is also an urban crisis. It is no coincident that it all started with a crash of the American housing market. For at least 30 years, urbanisation has been driving the growth of capitalism worldwide, with the “production” of urban space being one of the most important socio-economic processes. The participants of the debate will attempt to answer questions like: It is possible to overcome the stranglehold money has on modern cities and to escape the pattern of treating urban space as a commodity? To what degree can new social movements respond to the challenges and define new directions for growth?
The meeting conducted in English and in Polish.
Krzyszotf Nawratek, born in 1970 in Silesia, is an architect, urban planner and a graduate from the Silesian University of Technology. He currently teaches architecture at the School of Architecture & Design in Plymouth, UK.
Fran Tonkiss is a sociologist and director of the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He conducts research and teaches in the fields of sociology, urban planning and management. Her interests include urban planning of cities and their development, social theory and urban spatial divisions.