Scenes from the B1 panel discussion at #RC21Conference2015 #TheIdealCity

Surveilling the “proprietary powers”: Investigating urban image making as a process of ownership

@ISIA, Urbino (Italy) – August 28th 2015
David Chapin (CUNY Graduate Center), Lidia K.C. Manzo (Politecnico Milan), Scott Lizama (CUNY Graduate Center)

Civita, Cairo, Dubai, Bangalore, and Amsterdam: a fabulous panel session!




Occupy Chinatown >_<

Saturday June 27 – 7pm at the community garden Giardini in Transito

The students of the International MA in Urban Planning and Policy Design of Politecnico di Milano University will give a public talk based on their recent research projects in the neighborhood of Paolo Sarpi street, the so-called Milan Chinatown:

Tommaso Romagnoli, Victor Osei Kwadwo and Esther Deyanara will analyze the process of urban transformation of Paolo Sarpi street;
Valeria Barchiesi will talk about institutional relationships and community politics;
Diana Xheka will address everyday practices and uses of the neighborhood.

The presentations, in English and Italian, will be chaired by Lidia Manzo.

An exhibition of posters and photographs designed by the students will be set up in the garden.

100in1giorno Milano

Guest Lecture on (super)Gentrification in Brooklyn, June 5th 2015 12:00 @ Politecnico di Milano

FRIDAY 5th JUNE 2015, 12.00
Room T.1.3, Scuola di Architettura e Società, Politecnico di Milano
Via Ampère, 2 20133 Milano, MM2 Piola, Tram 23, 33

«Give me a break! I’m from Brooklyn, we’re not fancy»

A field and longitudinal study in Park Slope, New York City

Presentation and discussion of a doctoral research project on institutions, housing and lifestyles in a north-American (super)gentrification process

Guest lecture of Lidia Manzo organized by Giuliana Costa within the “Urban Sociology” course, International MA in Urban Planning and Policy Design – Politecnico di Milano

Download the flyer to know more: Seminar 5 giu 2015

Italiani, casa e famiglia

An article by Alessandra Minello talks about the Italian preliminary results of the HOUWEL research project, presented last September during a seminar at the Politecnico di Milano University.

Interestingly, it discusses the role of family in the Italian housing system, a relationship which strongly affects young adult’s housing transition.

Read more here:

New book release announcement: «Culture and Visual Forms of Power. Experiencing Contemporary Spaces of Resistance»

Whether the exercise of resistance over power was good or bad is open for debate. This edited collection detailed that in both cases power was deployed. The contributors visually traced the effects and described its operations. In this process, resistance has been viewed as a profound attempt to not be subjugated by a series of intersecting relations of power, as an object of “moral orthopaedics” (Foucault 1995, 10).

It is worth noting what is the intent of this book. Our concern is with how power is figured in different cultural representations, socio-economic relations, forms of political expression, and how practices of resistance unfold in the construction of spaces for common identity and agency. Calling for a revaluation of Foucault’s conception of resistance is not an invitation of triggering a mobilization, but rather to break “the appearance of unanimity which is the greater part of the symbolic force of the dominant discourse” (Bourdieu 1998, viii). And examining such dominance is no less than research “into the inner meaning of specifically modern life and its products, into the soul of the cultural body,” as Georg Simmel (1950, 409) brilliantly suggested us.

(From the book Introduction, pages 7-8).

This volume presents a collection of essays that were first presented in a coauthored panel session organized in 2012 under the conference theme “Visual Activism and Social Justice” at the International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The editor is intellectually indebted and grateful to the session participants for their collaboration and individual efforts over the course of two years. This stimulating venture brought together scholars from the global north and south. I thank Beatriz Nussbaumer, Carlos Cowan Ros, Emiliana Armano, Fabiene Gama, Karen Crinall, Tamara Bellone, and Verónica Devalle for the willingness to share your collective wisdom, individual perspectives, and extensive knowledge. To Enzo Colombo and Timothy Shortell I am especially grateful for your insightful remarks featured at the beginning and end of the volume.

2015, Champaign, Illinois, USA: Common Ground Publishing

ISBN 978-1-61229-640-1



Timothy Shortell

Part I: Introduction

“And their struggle becomes visible”: For a Radical Revaluation of Foucault’s Conception of Resistance to Power
Lidia K.C. Manzo

Visual Methods in the Study of Power
Timothy Shortell

Part II: Experiencing Contemporary Spaces of Resistance to Power

Chapter 1
Beyond Foucault’s Subject of Power: Affect and Visual Emergence in Grass-roots Social Activism
Karen Crinall

Chapter 2
Contesting Images in the (Re)construction of Ethnic Identities and Territories: The Case of a Huarpe Community in Argentina
Beatriz Nussbaumer and Carlos Cowan Ros

Chapter 3
Photo-documentation, Culture and Stereotypes: How the Global South is Struggling for Visual Forms of Power
Fabiene Gama

Chapter 4
Design and Craft in Latin America: Images in Tension between the Dominant and the Residual
Verónica Devalle

Chapter 5
Subjectivity and Video-based Studies: Roma Culture, Forms of Expression and Resistance in Dances
Tamara Bellone and Emiliana Armano

Part III: Conclusions

Chapter 6
The Representations of Power and the Power of Representations
Enzo Colombo

About the Contributors

Download the intro of the book here.

More info on the publisher webpage: «Culture and Visual Forms of Power. Experiencing Contemporary Spaces of Resistance».

“The Political Economy of Spaces of Exclusion”

A seminar by Manuel B. Aalbers
(Department of Geography, KU Leuven/University of Leuven, Belgium)

The students of the course in Contemporary City: social chance and policies of the MSc in Urban Planning and Policy Design will introduce the lecture.
Discussion: Massimo Bricocoli, Lidia Manzo, Stefania Sabatinelli (DAStU, Politecnico di Milano)

Wednesday December 17th 2014, 13.30-16.30
Aula Gamma, Scuola di Architettura e Società, Politecnico di Milano

Download the full program here.


The housing crisis and the bottom-up strategies of resistance: the case of the anti-eviction movement in Spain

A seminar by Marisol Garcia
(Faculty of Economy and Business, University of Barcelona)

Introduction and discussion: Massimo Bricocoli, Lidia Manzo, Stefania
Sabatinelli (DAStU, Politecnico di Milano), Serena Vicari (DSRS, Milano Bicocca)

Monday, 17 November 2014, 14.30-16.30
Aula B.6.1, Scuola di Architettura e Società, Politecnico di Milano

Download the full program here.


Crisis-scapes: an edited collection of texts on city, public spaces and crisis in Athens and beyond

The new book Crisis-scapes is fully available for free to download from

or google books:

It is based on a conference carried out in May 2014 by the ESRC Future Research Leaders project the City at the time of Crisis.