Article | The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2006 | The Emergence of the Dirty: Tele Commerce; Metropolitan Sub-Systems and Parallel Economies

Title:
The Emergence of the Dirty: Tele Commerce; Metropolitan Sub-Systems and Parallel Economies
Author:
Gabriel Duarte: Department of Urbanism, SPACELAB – Research Laboratory for the Contemporary City, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands Stephan Read: Department of Urbanism, SPACELAB – Research Laboratory for the Contemporary City, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
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Year:
2006
Conference:
The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2006
Issue:
020
Article no.:
008
Pages:
79–92
No. of pages:
14
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-03-06
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Urban mobility infrastructures leave behind spatial residues that generate regions of ambiguous character; often described as blighted. Paradoxically; such regions also offer optimal conditions for normally undesired urban functions that are related to intense mobility of people and commercial goods/services. They are being silently re-born with very specific functions: heavily connected and ’unwanted’ commerce; where the grime of hardware retail; car-repair and small industrial activities can freely happen. This work investigated cases in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in which formal; social and economical conditions led to the emergence of alternative economies affected by politics of exclusion from local planning agencies. Existing economical and social statistics were cross-referenced against topological and geographical analyses. Through diagrams that confronted both quantitative and qualitative aspects; it was possible to recognize how the study areas operate within hybrid urban scales.

By analysing the paradoxical conditions of these areas; it became clear how provisional the contemporary urban social-economical envelope became. The complex negotiations between metropolitan levels and technologies studied here are crucial for a critical shift on how contemporary urban planning operates. Even with a complete lack of public investment; such areas are having an economical performance comparable to more ’established’ locations and an unimagined socio-political representability.

The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2006

Author:
Gabriel Duarte, Stephan Read
Title:
The Emergence of the Dirty: Tele Commerce; Metropolitan Sub-Systems and Parallel Economies
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The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2006

Author:
Gabriel Duarte, Stephan Read
Title:
The Emergence of the Dirty: Tele Commerce; Metropolitan Sub-Systems and Parallel Economies
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