Every month
we present
a new article.
Twice a year
we release
a new number.
Enjoy V1N2
_

Jo Guldi
Abr, 2021

Pandemics Occasion the Rethinking of Shared Technology
_

Past epidemics of malaria and cholera across the British empire taught lessons about shared infrastructure. While these diseases are largely eliminated in Europe, they endure in other parts of the world as a testimony to where money is spent, or not spent. Looking back on the history of disease, we witness how systemic crisis can stimulate change in public infrastructure. This epidemic is an opportunity to transform infrastructure yet again, perhaps this time utilizing technology to address and attempt to rectify the ways in which these systems can continue to exclude many communities and the developing world.

+ MORE

Joost Smiers
Feb, 2021

Roaming noise and other unwanted sounds. Protecting the public domain
_

Public spaces are full of sounds, many of which can be undesirable for the majority of individuals. Noise can affect our state of mind and health, but does not «ask permission» before entering our ears. While this kind of intrusion may not be immediately apparent, it is important that it be addressed as a public concern, given how it acts as a form of contamination that can damage the hearing or mental health of citizens. In short, as with other public matters, noise occupies the public space to the extent that it should be regulated in order to preserve our collective well-being.

+ MORE

Colleen Boland / Rafael Heiber
Dec, 2020*

The post-pandemic city: transnational cooperation and public policy
(Part II)

_

Insights from living with the repercussions and realities of the COVID-19 crisis for a full year now have demonstrated how a global meta-crisis can accelerate and exacerbate inequalities, further jeopardizing societal wellbeing. Still, examples of both concrete micro and meso level change within local communities, via citizen mobilization, have illustrated how reshaping the urban landscape is profoundly linked with the rural, as well as bears transnational implications. Restoring power to the public space, catalyzing participatory citizen networks and revolutionizing policy as based in solidarity and coexistence are crucial in rectifying the more profound, systemic crisis, to achieve a viable human and planetary future.

+ MORE

Felipe Llamas
Nov, 2020

Old challenges in a new context: the pandemic accelerating city multilateralism
_

The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized the legitimacy of national and international institutions, inspiring worrying trends of isolationism and protectionism. Meanwhile, as populations struggle to survive not only a health crisis, but one of social and economic dimensions, local authorities provide for the continuity of public services. These local and regional communities and their leaders recognize that the current situation calls for addressing systemic inequalities and an ecological transition. In order to achieve this societal wellbeing, transnational cooperation between these diverse localities, grounded by the immediate needs of their populations, is the way forward.

+ MORE

Bob Black
Sep, 2020

Work After Coronavirus
_

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have been crippling, and unemployment is rampant. Up until now, the economy has been divided rather arbitrarily into a primary agriculture and extractive industry, a secondary manufacturing sector, and a tertiary «service» sector. The latter sector has become more and more bloated, with many unjustified jobs. Meanwhile, the pandemic has taught us that authoritarian and city-centric labor regimes are unnecessary. Work has the potential to be transformed into a new type of activity, an autonomous, productive play that allows for healthier, freer societies.

+ MORE

Saskia Sassen
Jul, 2020

Urban capabilities: those we want in our cities and those we should avoid
_

In considering cities and how we want to construct them, it is fundamental to analyze the actors shaping them, and their capabilities. Beginning in the late 1980s, the financial sector and its innovative capacity for extraction has played a key role on the global stage, in a very different manner from that of traditional banking and corporations. Now, with the COVID-19 phenomenon also resembling a global actor, it becomes all the more clear that, no matter how it is disguised, high finance operates to the detriment of local and household economies, as well as to the flow of urban spaces.

+ MORE

Manuela Carmena
Jun, 2020

Before and after the pandemic: a city of solidarity, creativity and participation
_

Solidarity, creativity and participation are the three main pillars upon which cities should be built. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven we cannot have healthy cities if the entirety of our citizens and government officials do not embrace the principle of solidarity. Participation is inherent to cities as public spaces of freedom. Last but not least, creativity is essential, as it allows us to imagine better worlds: it is only in imagining them that they can begin to be real.

+ MORE

Herta Däubler-Gmelin
Jun, 2020

The post Covid-19 challenge: a simple reset or a real change?
_

COVID-19 has exposed the very real weaknesses of global cooperation. It affects not only disenfranchised populations and underdeveloped countries, but also Europe. This pandemic has shaken a false sense of security among the more developed regions of the world. At the same time, we have witnessed how democratic societies are not necessarily less efficient than authoritarian ones when it comes to crisis management, and that far-reaching solutions are attainable when threats are perceived as sufficiently severe.

+ MORE

Laura Basu
Jun, 2020

The post-pandemic city beyond state and market: a thought experiment
_

The COVID-19 pandemic and the international racial justice movement sparked by the police murder of George Floyd have led many to deeply question the capitalist system of markets and nation-states. Bringing together fiction, theory, and real-world examples, this contribution asks the reader to imagine what a utopian city beyond both the state and the market might look like.

+ MORE

Steve Keen
Mar, 2021

A Modern Debt Jubilee
_

Our current societies, with advanced levels of industrialization and knowledge, continue to stymie innovation at the expense of the collective benefit. This is particularly manifested in the blind adherence to neoclassical economics and unchallenged economic systems. The «Modern Debt Jubilee» serves as one strategy with which to challenge these paradigms and provide solutions. It addresses the systemic problem of central banks printing trillions of dollars to lower interest rates to make asset owners feel richer and spend more, which does not engender economic growth due to the rich accumulating much of this new money into their existing assets. The Jubilee would leverage these same central banks to provide freshly printed money to the indebted, wiping the global debt slate clean.

+ MORE

Jesús Rey Rocha / Emilio Muñoz Ruiz
Jan, 2021

Science and democracy: institutions in search of a sociopolitical identity
_

Science and democracy are comparable in that they are not characterized by absolute truths, but rather «evolutionary» truths, which should be subject to constant critique and analysis. Both also possess internal and external dimensions; in the context of phenomena like the COVID-19 pandemic, the external dimension becomes crucial, as it links science or democracy to institutions and citizens. Recovery and regeneration of the current state of governance is possible, if there is a true pivot to empowered institutions and citizens. In order to overcome the systemic crisis that we face, a framework of strong, reliable and committed institutions, underpinned by an individual and collectively responsible citizenry, is the way forward.

+ MORE

Rebeca Grynspan
Dec, 2020
*

A new, «glocal» social pact for recovery
_

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a challenge in global coordination. More than ever before, multilateralism proves to be an indispensable tool in confronting major world challenges. The health crisis precipitated by the disease is merely symptomatic of greater environmental and systemic crises that threaten humanity. This necessitates a multi-level and multi-stakeholder social pact, involving cities as well as international organizations. We need institutions capable of engaging in innovation, as well as of achieving long-term and green agendas. The latter in particular uniquely presents the possibility of our civilization’s survival.

+ MORE

Fernando Carrión Mena
Oct, 2020

The Global Transurban System: Forms It Takes and New Challenges
_

COVID-19 has become a fundamentally urban disease: social interaction, so characteristic of cities, has put them all at the epicenter of this pandemic. Through the local integration process it is possible for us to identify the main assemblages that constitute the Global Urban Network. Recognizing the inter-urban and trans-urban logics means exploring an unchaperoned horizontal cooperation, and the transformation of the city-state relationship, both nationally and internationally.

+ MORE

Leticia Merino / Simone Buratti
Aug, 2020

Cities, COVID-19 and Commons in Latin America
_

Cities derive their value from commons: goods, benefits, or services collectively, used, created and preserved, and are governed by collective action. In the case of Latin American cities and megacities in particular, collective action and sharing of resources has taken place during the COVID-19 crisis. However, a history of colonialism, neoliberal policies and inequality make this region particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. This article traces the reasons why now, more than ever, the Latin American region must learn from this crisis in order to build more resilient and equal societies.

+ MORE

Rafael Heiber / Colleen Boland
Jun, 2020

the post-pandemic city: transnational cooperation and public policy
_

The COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate effects have not only triggered crises worldwide, but also have raised awareness about greater systemic failures that have been plaguing our modern society. Progressive advocates have already attempted to shed light on these problems, demanding alternative models. Further efforts might now resonate enough to implement them. As we present in the overview of all articles that compose the launch issue of metapolis, this is a step that depends on strengthened relations between transnational cooperation and public policy, to transform the life of citizens attuned to common values.

+ MORE

Alfredo Aguilar
Jun, 2020

let us give the future another chance
_

Science is a fundamental pillar for designing effective policies and guiding public-private efforts. From the current pandemic to climate change, all of humanity’s challenges are closely interlinked with the biosphere. Global challenges require global, and therefore synergistic, responses. We propose Bioeconomics and Biodiplomacy as two new tools to integrate local, national and global initiatives for the transformation we need.

+ MORE

Alfonso Zegbe
Jun, 2020

Socioemotional wellbeing: a revisited approach
_

This article presents an approach and vision that should be considered in the different stages of policy making, in order to promote the wellbeing and happiness of individuals and their communities. This proposal is presented as a transversal approach that can be applied to various sectors and social rights, including health and wellbeing, education and lifelong emotional learning, food security, urban and rural spaces and flows, and housing and human habitats. The article closes with some final reflections on the future of government interventions, and approaches to the concepts of wellbeing and happiness.

+ MORE

Wadah Khanfar
Jun, 2020

Covid-19 as a meta crisis and our post-pandemic order
_

This pandemic provides a space-time from which a new world order can emerge, based on the great potential of an interconnected social organization. A transition that requires re-imagined institutions and societies, as the power of ideas makes a new world history possible. The post-pandemic world may not be equitable or secure, but it will push humanity to build a more just alternative under a new value system that will make the common good prevail.

+ MORE

Every month
we present
a new article.
Twice a year
we release
a new number.
Enjoy V1N2
_

Jo Guldi
Abr, 2021

Pandemics Occasion the Rethinking of Shared Technology
_

Past epidemics of malaria and cholera across the British empire taught lessons about shared infrastructure. While these diseases are largely eliminated in Europe, they endure in other parts of the world as a testimony to where money is spent, or not spent. Looking back on the history of disease, we witness how systemic crisis can stimulate change in public infrastructure. This epidemic is an opportunity to transform infrastructure yet again, perhaps this time utilizing technology to address and attempt to rectify the ways in which these systems can continue to exclude many communities and the developing world.

+ MORE

Steve Keen
Mar, 2021

A Modern Debt Jubilee
_

Our current societies, with advanced levels of industrialization and knowledge, continue to stymie innovation at the expense of the collective benefit. This is particularly manifested in the blind adherence to neoclassical economics and unchallenged economic systems. The «Modern Debt Jubilee» serves as one strategy with which to challenge these paradigms and provide solutions. It addresses the systemic problem of central banks printing trillions of dollars to lower interest rates to make asset owners feel richer and spend more, which does not engender economic growth due to the rich accumulating much of this new money into their existing assets. The Jubilee would leverage these same central banks to provide freshly printed money to the indebted, wiping the global debt slate clean.

+ MORE

Joost Smiers
Feb, 2021

Roaming noise and other unwanted sounds. Protecting the public domain
_

Public spaces are full of sounds, many of which can be undesirable for the majority of individuals. Noise can affect our state of mind and health, but does not «ask permission» before entering our ears. While this kind of intrusion may not be immediately apparent, it is important that it be addressed as a public concern, given how it acts as a form of contamination that can damage the hearing or mental health of citizens. In short, as with other public matters, noise occupies the public space to the extent that it should be regulated in order to preserve our collective well-being.

+ MORE

Jesús Rey Rocha / Emilio Muñoz Ruiz
Jan, 2021

Science and democracy: institutions in search of a sociopolitical identity
_

Science and democracy are comparable in that they are not characterized by absolute truths, but rather «evolutionary» truths, which should be subject to constant critique and analysis. Both also possess internal and external dimensions; in the context of phenomena like the COVID-19 pandemic, the external dimension becomes crucial, as it links science or democracy to institutions and citizens. Recovery and regeneration of the current state of governance is possible, if there is a true pivot to empowered institutions and citizens. In order to overcome the systemic crisis that we face, a framework of strong, reliable and committed institutions, underpinned by an individual and collectively responsible citizenry, is the way forward.

+ MORE

Colleen Boland / Rafael Heiber
Dec, 2020*

The post-pandemic city: transnational cooperation and public policy
(Part II)

_

Insights from living with the repercussions and realities of the COVID-19 crisis for a full year now have demonstrated how a global meta-crisis can accelerate and exacerbate inequalities, further jeopardizing societal wellbeing. Still, examples of both concrete micro and meso level change within local communities, via citizen mobilization, have illustrated how reshaping the urban landscape is profoundly linked with the rural, as well as bears transnational implications. Restoring power to the public space, catalyzing participatory citizen networks and revolutionizing policy as based in solidarity and coexistence are crucial in rectifying the more profound, systemic crisis, to achieve a viable human and planetary future.

+ MORE

Rebeca Grynspan
Dec, 2020
*

A new, «glocal» social pact for recovery
_

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a challenge in global coordination. More than ever before, multilateralism proves to be an indispensable tool in confronting major world challenges. The health crisis precipitated by the disease is merely symptomatic of greater environmental and systemic crises that threaten humanity. This necessitates a multi-level and multi-stakeholder social pact, involving cities as well as international organizations. We need institutions capable of engaging in innovation, as well as of achieving long-term and green agendas. The latter in particular uniquely presents the possibility of our civilization’s survival.

+ MORE

Felipe Llamas
Nov, 2020

Old challenges in a new context: the pandemic accelerating city multilateralism
_

The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized the legitimacy of national and international institutions, inspiring worrying trends of isolationism and protectionism. Meanwhile, as populations struggle to survive not only a health crisis, but one of social and economic dimensions, local authorities provide for the continuity of public services. These local and regional communities and their leaders recognize that the current situation calls for addressing systemic inequalities and an ecological transition. In order to achieve this societal wellbeing, transnational cooperation between these diverse localities, grounded by the immediate needs of their populations, is the way forward.

+ MORE

Fernando Carrión Mena
Oct, 2020

The Global Transurban System: Forms It Takes and New Challenges
_

COVID-19 has become a fundamentally urban disease: social interaction, so characteristic of cities, has put them all at the epicenter of this pandemic. Through the local integration process it is possible for us to identify the main assemblages that constitute the Global Urban Network. Recognizing the inter-urban and trans-urban logics means exploring an unchaperoned horizontal cooperation, and the transformation of the city-state relationship, both nationally and internationally.

+ MORE

Bob Black
Sep, 2020

Work After Coronavirus
_

The economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis have been crippling, and unemployment is rampant. Up until now, the economy has been divided rather arbitrarily into a primary agriculture and extractive industry, a secondary manufacturing sector, and a tertiary «service» sector. The latter sector has become more and more bloated, with many unjustified jobs. Meanwhile, the pandemic has taught us that authoritarian and city-centric labor regimes are unnecessary. Work has the potential to be transformed into a new type of activity, an autonomous, productive play that allows for healthier, freer societies.

+ MORE

Leticia Merino / Simone Buratti
Aug, 2020

Cities, COVID-19 and Commons in Latin America
_

Cities derive their value from commons: goods, benefits, or services collectively, used, created and preserved, and are governed by collective action. In the case of Latin American cities and megacities in particular, collective action and sharing of resources has taken place during the COVID-19 crisis. However, a history of colonialism, neoliberal policies and inequality make this region particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. This article traces the reasons why now, more than ever, the Latin American region must learn from this crisis in order to build more resilient and equal societies.

+ MORE

Saskia Sassen
Jul, 2020

Urban capabilities: those we want in our cities and those we should avoid
_

In considering cities and how we want to construct them, it is fundamental to analyze the actors shaping them, and their capabilities. Beginning in the late 1980s, the financial sector and its innovative capacity for extraction has played a key role on the global stage, in a very different manner from that of traditional banking and corporations. Now, with the COVID-19 phenomenon also resembling a global actor, it becomes all the more clear that, no matter how it is disguised, high finance operates to the detriment of local and household economies, as well as to the flow of urban spaces.

+ MORE

Rafael Heiber / Colleen Boland
Jun, 2020

the post-pandemic city: transnational cooperation and public policy
_

The COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate effects have not only triggered crises worldwide, but also have raised awareness about greater systemic failures that have been plaguing our modern society. Progressive advocates have already attempted to shed light on these problems, demanding alternative models. Further efforts might now resonate enough to implement them. As we present in the overview of all articles that compose the launch issue of metapolis, this is a step that depends on strengthened relations between transnational cooperation and public policy, to transform the life of citizens attuned to common values.

+ MORE

Manuela Carmena
Jun, 2020

Before and after the pandemic: a city of solidarity, creativity and participation
_

Solidarity, creativity and participation are the three main pillars upon which cities should be built. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven we cannot have healthy cities if the entirety of our citizens and government officials do not embrace the principle of solidarity. Participation is inherent to cities as public spaces of freedom. Last but not least, creativity is essential, as it allows us to imagine better worlds: it is only in imagining them that they can begin to be real.

+ MORE

Alfredo Aguilar
Jun, 2020

let us give the future another chance
_

Science is a fundamental pillar for designing effective policies and guiding public-private efforts. From the current pandemic to climate change, all of humanity’s challenges are closely interlinked with the biosphere. Global challenges require global, and therefore synergistic, responses. We propose Bioeconomics and Biodiplomacy as two new tools to integrate local, national and global initiatives for the transformation we need.

+ MORE

Herta Däubler-Gmelin
Jun, 2020

The post Covid-19 challenge: a simple reset or a real change?
_

COVID-19 has exposed the very real weaknesses of global cooperation. It affects not only disenfranchised populations and underdeveloped countries, but also Europe. This pandemic has shaken a false sense of security among the more developed regions of the world. At the same time, we have witnessed how democratic societies are not necessarily less efficient than authoritarian ones when it comes to crisis management, and that far-reaching solutions are attainable when threats are perceived as sufficiently severe.

+ MORE

Alfonso Zegbe
Jun, 2020

Socioemotional wellbeing: a revisited approach
_

This article presents an approach and vision that should be considered in the different stages of policy making, in order to promote the wellbeing and happiness of individuals and their communities. This proposal is presented as a transversal approach that can be applied to various sectors and social rights, including health and wellbeing, education and lifelong emotional learning, food security, urban and rural spaces and flows, and housing and human habitats. The article closes with some final reflections on the future of government interventions, and approaches to the concepts of wellbeing and happiness.

+ MORE

Laura Basu
Jun, 2020

The post-pandemic city beyond state and market: a thought experiment
_

The COVID-19 pandemic and the international racial justice movement sparked by the police murder of George Floyd have led many to deeply question the capitalist system of markets and nation-states. Bringing together fiction, theory, and real-world examples, this contribution asks the reader to imagine what a utopian city beyond both the state and the market might look like.

+ MORE

Wadah Khanfar
Jun, 2020

Covid-19 as a meta crisis and our post-pandemic order
_

This pandemic provides a space-time from which a new world order can emerge, based on the great potential of an interconnected social organization. A transition that requires re-imagined institutions and societies, as the power of ideas makes a new world history possible. The post-pandemic world may not be equitable or secure, but it will push humanity to build a more just alternative under a new value system that will make the common good prevail.

+ MORE