Editorial


Nikos Doulos & Eva Fotiadi

For a number of years now, cities around the globe have been experiencing phenomena that have been labelled “crisis”, whether economic, political or social, and both local and global. The phenomena of economic recession such as the abandonment of commercial spaces, shifts in real estate values, as well as the phenomena of protest and civil disobedience, have left their scars and have transformed urban spaces and everyday life. The radical and often abrupt character of such phenomena has, time and again, led to their treatment as events, as exceptional, temporary situations that will gradually return to “normal” within a few years. These interpretations have, on numerous occasions, paved the way for and justified the deployment of emergency measures. Nonetheless, by now, city residents' experiences of continuous rearrangement and transformation of public space and the public sphere, as well as everyday life's long-term infiltration with emergency measures, demonstrate that scars and consequences of the crisis are both effects and causes within an on-going, indefinite process.

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