Rebel Metropolis chronicles the ongoing work of people to shape urban space and protect wilderness, the current bicycle resurgence against car culture, and the Right to the City movement.


From Wikipedia: The right to the city is an idea and a slogan that was first proposed by Henri Lefebvre in his 1968 book Le Droit à la ville.[1][2] Lefebvre summarizes the ideas as a “demand…[for] a transformed and renewed access to urban life”.[3][4] David Harvey described it as follows: The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.[5]

It has been suggested that the phrase has taken on a variety of meanings[6] and Marcelo Lopes de Souza has argued that as the right to the city has become “fashionable these days”, “[t]he price of this has often been the trivialisation and corruption of Lefebvre’s concept”[7] and called for fidelity to the original radical meaning of the idea.

A number of popular movements, such as the shack dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo in South Africa,[8] the Right to the City Alliance in the United States of America,[9]Recht auf Stadt,[10] a network of squatters, tenants and artists in Hamburg, and various movements in Asia and Latin America,[11] have incorporated the idea of the right to the city into their struggles.






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