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Urban Hacktivism. Activating the Post-Public space. (2016)

ARTICLE: (Article)

Title: Urban Hacktivism. Activating the Post-Public space.

  • Author(s): Ana Gabriela Medina Gavilanes and Pedro Cortés. 
  • Magazine (magazine): Contested Cities.
  • Pages: 10.
  • ISSN: 2341-2755.
  • Roundup: The 2001 Social Revolutions – Occupy Wall Street, Outraged, Arab Spring, etc., were global events with significant changes and challenges both politically and challenges to the capital system. These events, unlike other revolutions or social manifestations, were sprouted in virtual space, a platform that managed not only the construction of crowds, but also simultaneously and expanded in time and space. One of the most significant effects of these revolutions has been the transformation in the process and development of urban public spaces in areas such as urban regulations, legislation, architectural design, urban planning, participation citizens and the free and controlled use of virtual space. In the face of this urban situation, the global factor is added, in which urban measures and regulations are carried out in a global way repeating similar actions on public space in cities such as London, Hong Kong or Madrid. It is palpable the search for control over access, use and behavior of/ in public spaces, spaces that in the contemporary city are understood in two dimensions: physical and virtual. This mechanism of organizing public space is identified as the "black boxes", a device that invisibilizes processes and techniques that directly affect urban development. Hacking and citizen participation merge on the same dimension as an urban tool, the same one that creates physically and virtually active and temporary zones of habitability of the current public space, inciting the generation of a new public space, post-public space.
  • Keywords: Public space, hacking, urban action, legality, temporality.
  • Abstract: The social revolutions of 2001 – Occupy Wall Street, Indignados, Arab Spring, etc., were global events with significant changes and challenges both political and challenges to the capital system. These events, unlike other revolutions or social manifestations, were germinated in the virtual space, a platform that created not only the construction of crowds, but also also simultaneously expanded in time and space. One of the most significant effects of these revolutions has been transformation in the process and development of urban public spaces in areas such as urban regulations, legislation, architectural design, urban planning, citizen participation and the free and controlled use of virtual space. Faced with this urban situation, the global factor is added, in which urban measures and regulations are carried out globally, repeating similar actions on public space in cities such as London, Hong Kong or Madrid. The search for control over the access, use and behavior of / in public spaces is palpable, spaces that in the contemporary city are understood in two dimensions: physical and virtual. This mechanism of organization of public space is identified as the "black boxes", a device that invisibilizes processes and techniques that directly affect urban development. Hacking and citizen participation are merged on the same dimension as an urban tool, the same that creates physical and active and temporary habitability zones of the current public space, encouraging the generation of a new public space, the post-public space.
  • Keywords: Public space, hacking, urban action, legality, temporality.
  • Link: http://contested-cities.net/working-papers/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2016/07/WPCC-165522-MerinaCortés-HactivismoUrbano.pdf

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