Marco Allegra writes about the role of coletividades—non-commercial spaces—and local groups in the transformation of Lisbon’s Arroios, and questions some of the standard narratives of the neighbourhood’s gentrification.
In their roundtable introduction, Lavínia Pereira and João Felipe P. Brito survey the ongoing transformation of East Lisbon and discuss “conflicting imaginaries” as a framework for understanding the intersection of the local and the global in the "Mouraria–Marvila axis."
Simone Tulumello examines the tensions between racialization and cosmopolitanism in Lisbon’s Mouraria neighbourhood, where imaginaries of multiculturalism have been co-opted as part of the capital’s push for global city status.
Merve Ünsal explores the neighborhood of Kagithane (House of Paper) in Istanbul, Turkey, which was formerly a hub of paper production. Ünsal examines the paper supply crisis in Turkey through the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, which is home to the Ottoman state archives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted Montreal’s efforts to become a “design city.” Guillaume Sirois scrutinizes the city’s urban design policies and examines the impact of lockdown on its design boutiques and flagship public spaces.
Christoph Lindner introduces a six-part dossier on Lockdown Aesthetics and Gentrification. In this opening post, he argues that gentrification has accelerated in London under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aesthetics of vacancy.
The global pandemic has exposed fissures of race and class in Washington DC. Brandi Summers examines how the aesthetics of blackness have been co-opted in the gentrifying city during a period of crisis.
How have bike delivery services changed the aesthetics and politics of the cityscape during lockdown? Daan Wesselman discusses mobility-by-proxy, visual branding, and "gentrification on wheels" in Amsterdam.