Originally this was the ‘official blog’ toward the Open Cities project initiated by the British Council in 2006 and extended with an EU URBACT II grant. When the project was completed at the final conference in summer 2011, contributions of Judith Ryser to the theme of Open Cities were continued on Urban Thinker.
Historically city – polis – and politics are linked intrinsically. Cities are the locus of political debate and action, the place where politics is turned into physical reality and social change. Here my personal views deal with social and spatial justice and the role of politics in urban democracies and cosmopolitan societies.
Cities are often conceived the cradle of arts and culture. This blog focuses on the relation between the arts and cities, and how they contribute to urban culture. It discusses public art and its role in the cityscape, together with how artists express their views and feelings about cities and conceive urbanity in their work.