Da 17 Apr
Seminari e Convegni

Urban Life at the Extensions

The Beyond Inhabitation Lab is organising a week-long meeting at the University of London in Paris (ULIP) on Urban Life at the Extensions from 17 - 21 April. The event is organised by visiting professor at DIST (Interuniversity Department
of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning
of the Politecnico) and co-director of Beyond Inhabitation Lab, AbdouMaliq Simone and Michele Lancione.


The conceptual programme begins with the question incumbent in engagements with “the urban” as to who can act, who is endowed with the sensate capacities, why has agency and affect become the purview of only certain “actors” and not others, and thus a sense of urban power constructed on the basis of a limited assignation of agential performance? Why sustain a bifurcation among human, built, technical, and social domains, for are not these identifications themselves urbanized to assume a multiplicity of collective actions? How then to inhabit a pluriversal urban terrain?

It will engage the notion of "extension" and "extensions" in ways that themselves exceed the focus on extension beyond city form to suggest that going beyond can take place anywhere and is manifested not only in new territorial formations but also in ways of living and inhabiting.

Extensions draw attention to intensive entanglements across different locations, to different ways of living, different games of getting by, different logics and identities of what any given place might be. Extensions as augmentations of urban information processes, decision support systems, territorial management, surveillance and control, as well as the unforeseen ways in which urban spaces can offer inexplicable affordances. This is not only about seeking to overthrow the current system by suggesting new models or imposing utopian visions. It is about extending the possibilities for putting existing materials to new uses.

Free and open to the public, the event includes talks by numerous academics and activists working on issues of urban studies, racial capitalism, urban extensions, inhabitation and housing.