Andrew Ross, professor of Cultural and Social Analaysis at NYU, will present his new book “Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City” as part of The Urban Ecologies of Global Justice program.
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This program is being presented in conjunction with The Center on Global Justice, the Center for Urban Ecologies and social service NGO Casa Familiar in the border neighborhood of San Ysidro -through the UCSD Community Stations Initiative- will develop a series of collaborative public programs addressing pressing bio-regional and global socio-economic, urban and environmental issues. These meetings will focus on a critical analysis of local conflicts in order to re-evaluate the meaning of shifting global dynamics, across geo-political boundaries, natural resources, shifting cultural demographics, urbanization and social justice.
The first part of the program will include a three-presentation series by three major figures in the fields of architecture and urban research, sociology and cultural analysis, Andrew Ross, Richard Sennett and Eyal Weizman. These programs will be followed by ‘Informal Market Worlds,’ an international research forum on informal markets, investigating the spatial practices, cultural mechanisms and informal economies that can provide important references for articulating urban policies more adapt to the transnational realities of today’s populations.
These programs are co-organized by Fonna Forman-Barzilai (Center on Global Justice), Teddy Cruz (Center for Urban Ecologies / Visual Arts Department- Division of Arts and Humanities) and Keith Pezzoli from the Urban Studies Program, in partnership with The FRONT at Casa Familiar through the UCSD Community Stations Initiative. These events will primarily oscillate between UCSD in La Jolla and Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, as well as other alternative cultural spaces in San Diego, including a special collaboration with The PERISCOPE PROJECT in Downtown San Diego.

On Friday, January 13, 2012 [7-10PM], The Periscope Project will host a presentation by Andrew Ross in context of his new book “Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City.” This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

About Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at the New York University (NYU). A prolific writer, Ross contributes to Artform, The Nation, the Village Voice, and has authored Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (2009), Fast Boat to China: Corporate Flight and the Consequences of Free Trade-Lessons from Shanghai (2006), Low Pay, High Profile: The Global Push for Fair Labor (2004), No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and its Hidden Costs (2002), The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town (1999), Real Love: In Pursuit of Cultural Justice (1998), The Chicago Gangster Theory of Life: Nature’s Debt to Society (1994), and many more. His writing and areas of research center around his interests in labor, urban and suburban studies, intellectual history, social and political theory, science, ecology and technology, as well as cultural studies.

About “Bird On Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City”

Thoughtful people look to cities for evidence that progress is being made in the fight to avert climate change. The “sustainable cities” movement is thriving all across the world, and mayors compete for the title of “greenest city in America.”

In this lecture, drawing on his own research in the metro Phoenix area, Andrew Ross shows that the key solutions are more social than technical in nature. Marketing a green lifestyle to affluent residents will create showpiece sustainable enclaves, but will not alter the patterns of “eco-apartheid” that afflicts most large U.S. cities.

Ross’s new book, Bird On Fire, based on extensive interviews in the region, looks at some of Phoenix’s biggest challenges–water management, urban growth, immigration policy, pollution, energy supply, and downtown revitalization–in light of his arguments for policies that promote environmental justice. (source)

For more information about this event, and other programs at The Periscope Project, please visit us at www.theperiscopeproject.org. Don’t forget to RSVP!