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Weekly Roundup 143 – 18th to 24th November


UDC Weekly roundupLondon mayor to draw up charter regulating pseudo-public space
By Jack Shenker

The mayor of London will draw up a new charter regulating the management of privately owned public spaces, following a Guardian Cities investigation which uncovered growing corporate control over parks and squares in the capital.

The announcement comes as Sadiq Khan prepares to publish the first draft of his London Plan – the document that sets out the mayor’s strategic vision for London, and shapes development and planning policies across all of the city’s local authorities.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by The Guardian Cities.


‘Motherhood in Johannesburg: Mapping The Experiences & Moral Geographies Of Women & Their Children In The City’
Published by Gauteng City-Region Observatory


This SA&CP & GCRO paper explores the everyday experiences of mothers in Johannesburg with a focus on their spatial footprints. The research examined the decision making of mothers around how to access homes in the city, and from there six activities: work, school, shopping, recreation, church and medical care. Home, work and school are core, and in many instances their locations in the city are interrelated. The other activities are more variable in terms of how often they are required, the age of children and their value for families. 

You can download the entire report here.


Julia Foulkes – Culture City
Created by GIDEST, The New School in New York

Julia Foulkes, Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement, is a 2016-17 GIDEST Faculty Fellow who investigates interdisciplinary questions about the arts, urban studies, and history in her research and teaching. In this video she talks about tying the arts to cities, particularly modern dance to New York in a 1950’s post-war landscape. West Side Story serves as an artefact that ties the stages and streets. The arts become a place where social issues of inclusion, equity, community building etc. can be figured out.


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