CASE STUDY: Rebel Cities by David Harvey

Rebel Cities by David Harvey:
Rousing manifesto on the city and the commons from the acclaimed theorist

Long before Occupy, cities were the subject of much utopian thinking. They are the centers of capital accumulation as well as of revolutionary politics, where deeper currents of social and political change rise to the surface. Do the financiers and developers control access to urban resources or do the people? Who dictates the quality and organization of daily life?

Rebel Cities places the city at the heart of both capital and class struggles, looking at locations ranging from Johannesburg to Mumbai, from New York City to São Paulo. Drawing on the Paris Commune as well as Occupy Wall Street and the London Riots, Harvey asks how cities might be reorganized in more socially just and ecologically sane ways—and how they can become the focus for anti-capitalist resistance.


“Whose streets? Our streets! In Rebel Cities David Harvey shows us how we might turn this slogan into a reality. That task—and this book—could hardly be more important.”

BA (Hons) Art and Design FDE at #thetestbed….



Retrospective of #thetestbed illustrating the students from BA (Hons) Art and Design FDE programme interacting with the space earlier this year. See photos on UCLan Testbed on Flickr  and description on the link here and extracted below:

Students showcase their work in public at community space

A new temporary space called Testbed on the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) campus showcased ‘live’ art on the 1st November.

Over 50 students from the BA (Hons) Art and Design FDE programme drew in and on former shipping containers, with the aim of encouraging the public to take part.

David Knight, Senior Lecturer at UCLan’s School of Art, Design and Fashion, said: “The Testbed facility gave students the wonderful opportunity to take part in a live project. It allowed them to take art on to the street, while encouraging the public to participate too.

“We want the University to be public in its own right and this was a means of doing that by creating a visual and engaging but fun project.”

The students were guided by artist in residence David Boultbee who leads BREAD art, a group which looks at how public space and art can be used to engage communities. Testbed also performs another purpose in that it will be used to test materials and building processes as UCLan continues  with its £200 million transformative campus Masterplan.

Fashion promotion foundation student Sam Clegg said: “It’s been a great project to be involved in and is a fantastic way of showcasing student art and design skills to members of the public passing by, as well as encouraging them to take part.”

Professor of Public Art Practice at UCLan, Charles Quick, added: “Testbed will be used for a number of activities, but it will principally be used for research and engagement sessions with local schools, community groups, staff and students to see what community and cultural events can take place in our new circa £60 million Student Centre and Civic Square.”


…an existing boathouse and additional classrooms. Exploring the relationship between building, water and nature


Student no3 @mhraja5 looking at an existing boathouse and additional classrooms. Exploring the relationship between building, water and nature. #architecturaltechnologist #architecturaltechnology #itsnotjustmuddyboots @ciatechnologist @uclanadf @ciataspiration_nw

@uclantestbed hosting the final year @UCLan students looking at their work on 7th December….