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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Urban Space and Brazil's 1 Percent

Posted by on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Tonight, the Northwest Film Forum in collaboration with Arcade Journal is screening a documentary, High-Rise, about the rich residents of penthouse apartments in major Brazilian cities. These people float above the rabble, the babble, the crimes, and the clogged traffic of the streets. They live in their own worlds. Some of the apartments have gardens, others have the feel and look of a panic room—no windows, solid walls, thick doors. The film captures the way inequality is expressed in urban space. This is indeed the cinema of Marxist urban geographer David Harvey:

[It is] crucial to reflect on the nature of space if we were to understand urban processes under
capitalism.

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I will only be present for the opening of this film.


One other thing, tomorrow is the last event for Northwest Film Forum's excellent Red Renewal series. The May Day program includes Seattle Labor Chorus and a lineup of Filipino activists and organizers. It will be something like a party after the many May Day marches. Happy hour at 6 pm, program at 7 pm.

 

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lark 1
Charles,
I have actually been inside a high-rise in Brazil. Sao Paulo to be exact. I recall a dinner party at about 40+ storeys. It was a fascinating view from the balcony. There were many other high-rises I could see. It was also fascinating in another sense as Portugese, Spanish, Japanese & English were spoken there, at the party. I just love that stuff. Great food and wine was served as well.
Posted by lark on April 30, 2014 at 2:29 PM · Report this
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"Centuries ago, Stratos was built by leaders that gave their word... that all inhabitants would live there.

The Troglytes are still waiting."


http://www.cbs.com/shows/star_trek/video…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM · Report this
kk in seattle 5
At least they don't live in single family houses like capitalist dogs.
Posted by kk in seattle on April 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM · Report this

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