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Eco-urbanism and the eco-city, or, denying the right to the city?

Caprotti, Federico. (2014) Eco-urbanism and the eco-city, or, denying the right to the city? Antipode : A Radical Journal of Geography. Pre-published online, March 3, 2014. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12087

This paper critically analyses the construction of eco-cities as technological fixes to concerns over climate change, Peak Oil, and other scenarios in the transition towards “green capitalism”. It argues for a critical engagement with new-build eco-city projects, first by highlighting the inequalities which mean that eco-cities will not benefit those who will be most impacted by climate change: the citizens of the world’s least wealthy states. Second, the paper investigates the foundation of eco-city projects on notions of crisis and scarcity. Third, there is a need to critically interrogate the mechanisms through which new eco-cities are built, including the land market, reclamation, dispossession and “green grabbing”. Lastly, a sustained focus is needed on the multiplication of workers’ geographies in and around these “emerald cities”, especially the ordinary urban spaces and lives of the temporary settlements housing the millions of workers who move from one new project to another.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Energy transitions in Shanghai

Research project energy transitions in cities. Lifestyle, experimentation and change.

“Energy transitions in cities. Lifestyle, experimentation and change”, is an international comparative study, with focus on a limited yet illustrative number of metropolitan realities in developed and emerging economies. This is a joint initiative of Euricur (European Institute for Comparative Urban Research) and Enel Foundation and should run for approximately 2 years, with closing date foreseen for June 2014.
The project aims at better understanding the role of cities, as players and places, in energy transitions, focusing on the user/consumer side and their changing behavior and lifestyle, but also at how new sources of energy production and distribution modes emerge, are experimented and legitimated in cities. The study involves also looking at the role played by leading utilities – in cooperation with municipal administrations, users and other urban stakeholders – in creating shared values, for theexperimentation and scaling-up of more sustainable services and solutions.
The project combines desk research and the review of state-of-the-art experiences with the collection of primary, new evidence in cities. It takes place in 3 stages:
1) development of a methodological framework of analysis, tested on an urban pilotcase study (Stockholm);
2) extension of the framework to 6 cities (Turin, Shanghai, Berlin, Santiago de Chile, Rio De Janeiro, S. Francisco) and in-depth investigation of the key dynamics ongoing in their respective energy sectors (megatrends);
3) synthesis and presentation of general findings. Best practices and comparative findings resulting from the case studies will be collected and applied to Rome and Barcelona for a comparative analysis.
This publication includes the results of the third case study of the project: the city of Shanghai.

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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