The Right to the City, 50 Years Later

50 years after Lefebvre published “The Right to the City” we launch the challenge to reflect on the relevance of this work to contemporary Urban Studies. Criticizing an urban reality in which exchange value overlaps with use value, Lefebvre calls for a claim for the “right to urban life, transformed and renewed,” a right that concretizes collective needs, both for access to certain resources and for spatial appropriation or creative action on it. Several authors have made important contributions to the current reflection on the right to the city, among them: David Harvey, who understands the city as a work and, consequently, as an extension of the human being; and Neil Brenner, who has been reflecting on the process of planetary urbanization. In this sense, given the current importance of cities in a context of increasing urbanization, what is the current situation of the right to the city? Considering the ongoing debate on the right to the city and the practices it animates / mobilized, we suggest below some topics for communication proposals:

  • The Commons
  • Housing
  • Work policing
  • Equipment and infrastructures of the city
  • Cultural practices and uses of urban space
  • Lefebvre: 50 Years Later
  • Social movements and activism in urban space
  • State, citizenship and sovereignty
  • Self-management and differential spaces
  • Transport and urban mobility