The monthly BBL Seminars provide to our researchers, visiting guests and invited speakers an opportunity to share and debate over research ideas, concepts and findings. Most BBL seminars are held in English. We welcome the participation of researchers, experts and students interested in the discussed topics.
Content: Faced with an enduring housing crisis, Ethiopia launched a national housing program in the early 2000s. Although a quantitative success, the program generally missed to provide affordable housing for low-income citizens and produced both social and spatial challenges within the city. The lecture will discuss these outcomes along two of the program’s key pillars consisting of housing blocks and individual home-ownership.
Thursday, 26.04.2018, with Julio Paulos
Topic: The city between object and subject: on analysing the reconfigurations of planning action
Content: The presentation inquires the knowing practices in spatial planning, not only by revealing how socio-material processes are inscribed in certified knowledge or standardised concerns, that allow for the multiple co-existence of different planning formats, but also by challenging the inter-objectivity of urban questions that configure urban politics and the diversity of planning practices.
Thursday, 17.05.2018, with Nitin Bathla
Topic: Inside the 300 miles city: Understanding the spaces of an Indian mega-region
Our urban world is becoming characterized with competing investment, development and political boundaries. Mega-regions of all shapes and sizes are emerging at the intersection of them. One cannot simply view its spaces as a spillover between metro regions, but rather as the physical and social glue that binds places together. What can mega-regional thinking do to promote equity in urban spaces outside of major cities? This would be explored through the case of an emerging mega-region in North India.