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New Frontiers #1: Fish Farming

Nearly all of the articles we publish on this blog have an urban (Dublin) focus. That isn’t really surprising when Dublin is where we live, work, rent, and socialize. More generally the city has been (and continues to be) the site of new and politically significant transformations – particularly the relationships between real estate, the […]

Shaping Dublin: a seminar series on the contemporary city

When: March/ April 2015 Where: Dunlop Oriel House, Corner of Fenian Street & Westland Row, Dublin 2. (map: What time: 7.30pm During the ‘heyday’ of the Celtic Tiger, Dublin experienced speculative development in key areas like the Docklands; a housing bubble accompanied by dramatic increases in the cost of rent; and the increasing role […]

Docklands SDZ approved: what’s happening on the ground?

An Bord Pleanala has just approved the planning scheme for the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). We posted a while back about the SDZ, the purpose of which is to introduce ‘fast track planning’ in the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock because the Dept. of the Environment, Dublin City Council and NAMA all believe […]

Crisis-scape Dublin: urban politics after the crash

Urban development, housing and the built environment have been central to Ireland’s boom and bust. It’s hardly surprising, then, that some of these issues remain among the most contentious in Dublin today. Here we just want to note some reflections on the outworking of the crisis in relation to these issues from the point of […]

SOS Dublin Docklands

The decline of the Dublin dock’s was a major blow to the city, leaving a legacy of unemployment and poverty, issues which fomented the addiction crisis of the ‘80s and 90s and continue to wreak havoc on inner-city communities. This context is all-too-often forgotten by those interested in urban design, who have sometimes been guilty […]


In the first of these posts on The Abduction of Europe encounter in madrid we outlined the rationale for the event and why we think it is necessary for social movements to be thinking and acting at the European level. In the second, we described one of the workshops we participated in, looking at financialization […]

Rethinking the Smart City: A primer

Dublin Art and Technology Association and Provisional University Present When: March 24th 7pm – 9pm Where: Dunlop Oriel House, Corner of Fenian Street & Westland Row, Dublin 2. Map: Speakers: Adam Greenfield, with an introduction by Rob Kitchin Respondents: Aphra Kerr (NUIM), Jim Merricks White (NUIM) Rachel O’Dwyer (TCD) Admission is free but places are […]

A Lesson from Warwick

Little Fable (by Franz Kafka) “Alas,” said the mouse. “The world is growing closer every day. In the beginning it was so wide, that I was afraid. So I went on further and was happy when, in the distance, I saw walls to the left and to the right. But these walls race towards each […]

Struggles in Common: audio now available

You can now listen to all the talks from our Struggles in Common event, which took place in Dublin on May 18th. You can read more about the event here. Patrick Bresnihan, ‘Introduction to Struggles in Common’ Peter Linebaugh ,’The commons and the city’ Panel I – The politics of everyday commoning: what are the […]

Struggles in Common May 18th – Full programme

Struggles in Common – May 18th 11am – 5pm What is the political significance of the commons today? 18/05/2013 11.00-17.00 DIT, Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1 A day of talks and discussions with acclaimed historian Peter Linebaugh, author of The Magna Carta Manifesto Programme 11am – Introduction 11.15am -12.45pm- ‘The Commons and the City’ Keynote address […]