Urban Imaginaries: Velocity, Aesthetics, Power

Urban Imaginaries: Velocity, Aesthetics, Power

  • 01 Feb
    15 Feb

    Aesthetics, Criticism and Theory (ACT)

    Christoph Lindner

Urban Imaginaries: Velocity, Aesthetics, Power

Image: Draped, Copenhagen (Photo: Gordon Williams/Unsplash)

Against the backdrop of accelerated living, climate capitalism, and pandemic urbanism, this series of three interrelating seminars explores the generative force of “urban imaginaries”in transforming spaces, conditions, and communities in contemporary cities. From slow art and green tech to the speed-space of globalization and the aesthetics of lockdown, the seminars focus in particular on the ways in which urban creativity both critiques– and contributes to– global trends in city planning, design, and regeneration. In the first seminar, Prof. Lindner will speak about velocity and consider tensions between fast and slow in visions of sustainable urban futures. In the second seminar he will discuss aesthetics and address the instrumentalization of creative practice in urban displacement and dispossession. And in the final seminar he will focus on power and seek to understand some of the forces remaking cities today, particularly under recent pandemic conditions of restricted mobility and social-spatial distancing.

Day 1. Velocity: Speed-Space in the Global City
Day 2. Aesthetics: Arts of Displacement
Day 3. Power: Remaking Cities

Duration -

February 1, 8, 15, 2022

Timing: 6:30 - 8:30 PM IST


Rs. 3,000 (For student discounts registrations kindly email info@jp-india.org)

Christoph Lindner

Christoph Lindner

Christoph Lindner is Professor of Urban Studies and Dean of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at University College London. His work spans the fields of architecture, visual culture, geography, and urban planning and design, and addresses the interrelations of cities, globalization, and issues of sustainability and social-spatial inequality. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including Aesthetics of Gentrification (2021), The Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries (2019), Deconstructing the High Line (2017), Cities Interrupted (2016), and Global Garbage (2016).