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Miguel Robles-Durán: The Guelph-Wellington Rural-Urban Program
The Guelph-Wellington Rural-Urban Program
(p. 128 – 134)

Miguel Robles-Durán

The Guelph-Wellington Rural-Urban Program
A Case Study in Urban Identity Politics

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  • politics
  • contemporary art
  • identity
  • queer theory
  • digital culture
  • urbanism
  • gender
  • migration
  • queerness
  • capitalism

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Miguel Robles-Durán

is a Professor and lead faculty member of the graduate programme in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design in New York as well as Senior Fellow at Civic City, a post-graduate design and research programme at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (HEAD) in Geneva. Robles-Durán co-founded Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra), an international non-profit cooperative for socio-spatial development based in New York and Rotterdam. Together with David Harvey he co-directs the National Strategy Center for the Right to the Territory in Ecuador. Similarly, he is on the advisory board of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) Right to Housing Program and is research advisor of The Right to the City Alliance. A focus of his work is on the strategic definition and coordination of trans-disciplinary urban projects, as well as the development of tactical design strategies and civic engagement platforms.
Other texts by Miguel Robles-Durán for DIAPHANES
Kerstin Stakemeier (ed.), Susanne Witzgall (ed.): Fragile Identities

What is the current state of the subject and what about the status of its self-image? In contemporary discourses we encounter more and more “fragile identities,” in artistic works as well as in scientific theories, and those are today much less referring to a critique of the concept of identity, but much rather to the relationship those concepts of identity entertain with the overall precarious state of the subject in current social conditions that are characterized by political upheaval and change.
The book Fragile Identities investigates among other things the chances and also the possible endangerments of such a fragile self and asks for the resurging urgency of a contemporary concept of subjectivity. The publication combines international artistic and scholarly contributions, discussions and project documentations in relation to the second annual theme of the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.