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.
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.
COVID-19 has created new challenges for community activism in Los Angeles. Jonathan Jae-an Crisman discusses gains and setbacks for Little Tokyo's anti-gentrification arts activists during the pandemic.
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.
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.
Will Straw analyzes nocturnal videos that reveal the scale of night-time cultures happening during the COVID-19 lockdown and the role of the pandemic in highlighting ongoing policy debates about urban lighting, urban noise, and spectacle.
A group of interdisciplinary researchers from Monash University examines urban robotics as an emerging possibility for the colonization of public space due to the absence of humans in the lockdown city.
Sigrid Merx and Nanna Verhoeff examine scenographic figurations of urban space in the physically distanced city to help us understand how protests and the pandemic have provoked questions and answers about how and for what public space can be used and by whom.
In their introductory essay, dossier editors Dave Colangelo and Zach Melzer examine how the pandemic and BLM protests offer a lens into the makeup, visuality, and legibility of urban environments and their relationship with various forms of media.