PUB PNUK Discussion “Manifesto for Planning and Land Reform” in the UK

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From Andy Inch:

Hi all,
Bob Colenutt, Michael Edwards, Tim Marshall and I, with important contributions from other PNUK members at various stages, have been working for some time to put together a ‘manifesto for planning and land reform’. We now have a draft completed which we hope will generate some debate and discussion about the state of planning and the scope for radical, alternative approaches. You can find a pdf version of the manifesto here:

We would welcome comments and discussion on it, and are planning to hold events in London and Sheffield in either late 2012 or early 2013 to debate the issues.
We hope to hear from you or see you there.

Andy Inch

PNUK Manifesto November 2012 (pdf)

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The Leverhulme Trust funded Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at

The Network is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Kingston (UK), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Hofstra (USA), Griffith (Australia) and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. It aims to further the scholarly, professional and public understanding of the cultures of the modern (post-1900) suburbs through international and interdisciplinary research. Launched in 2011, the project’s interests are transhistorical, international and cross-disciplinary. The Network facilitates research, organises events and conferences and fosters collaboration between scholars, community groups, professionals and other interested parties.

The website is an important feature of the Network and hosts a wealth of online information about suburban cultural studies for scholars, professional groups and local communities.
Continue reading WEBSITE The Culture of Suburbs

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Project: Digital American Bandstand

A digital project on American Bandstand is now online, featuring video clips, 100+ images and preview of my forthcoming book, _The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia_ (University of California Press, American Crossroads series, Feb 2012).

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Counter to host Dick Clark’s claims that he integrated American Bandstand, this project reveals how the first national television program directed at teens discriminated against black youth during its early years and how black teens and civil rights advocates protested this discrimination. The project also brings to light the civil rights activism of black deejays like Georgie Woods and Mitch Thomas, whose locally televised teen dance show debuted fifteen years before “Soul Train” and influenced the dance styles on “American Bandstand.”

Matt Delmont
Assistant Professor, American Studies, Scripps College

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Space Syntax is an advanced spatial technology as well as a highly influential theory of architecture and town planning. It was originally developed by Professor Bill Hillier and his colleagues at University College London (UCL), one of Europe’s premier research universities. The network of Space Syntax companies works closely with UCL in shaping knowledge to advance the technology,
informing practice by disseminating the technology through training and policy formation and
creating places by applying the technology through planning and design consultancy.

Space Syntax is the world’s first computer-based modelling technique to treat cities and buildings ‘space first’, that is as the network of spaces we use and move through.


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After the great success of the last Urban Screens conference in 2005, we were working intensively on developing this project further and initiating a follow up series of extended Urban Screens events. Urban Screens Melbourne 08 marked the official launch of the International Urban Screens Association. To support the Urban Screens Movement. Continue reading Project


From: Eszter Gantner

We would like to draw your attention  to the new homepage of our project “Jewish Spaces – Historical and Symbolical Landscapes in Budapest and in Berlin” (supported by the DFG) at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie at the Humboldt University Berlin:

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the socialist regimes, one can witness noticeable phenomena in Central and Eastern Europe in the forms of Jewish festivals, programs, restaurants, or sightseeing. Jewish culture, or at least the juxtaposition of certain well-known elements of Jewish culture in the emerging and flourishing Jewish cultural space, can be witnessed in the very act, principally in Berlin, Cracow and Prague, often located  in formal Jewish areas.

The main criterion of this cultural space is that, in many cases, it is not related to Jewish personalities, organizations, and institutions. Thus the state of the space organized from outside of Jewish culture and life is mainly defined by non-Jews and non-Jewish institutions. It is remarkable how the flourishing of this Jewish cultural space is noticeable mainly in countries like Poland and Germany, where there has been no considerable Jewish presence since the Holocaust.

Our DFG-financed  project aims to analyse and  describe this process, its actors, and its places.  The project intend also to compare the process of constructing Jewish culture in two  cities with living Jewish communities: Berlin and Budapest.

The levels of the analysis are the following:

– Historical spaces
– Contemporary urban and cultural spaces
– Constructed spaces

Eszter B.Gantner, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Humboldt University

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