URO Reports

URO Lab Report #1: Urban youth and outdoor space in Gellerup

The 1st URO Lab was held in Aarhus 28-29 May 2015 and involved academics and practitioners from all collaborator cities except Johannesburg. The theme for the 1st UROLab was ‘Gellerup, youth and out- door spaces’. Focusing on the ongoing upgrading of the Gellerup Park on the western outskirts of Aarhus (the largest urban upgrad- ing project in Denmark), the aim of the 1st UROLab was for the participants to collectively discuss the contested status of the area’s urban youth in rela- tion to the use of outdoor spaces and, on this basis, consider new ways of har- nessing the Gellerup Park’s potentials for developing a more integrative urban environment. This report describes the 1st URO Lab from its in- ception and planning to the actual realization. It outlines main ndings and suggests ways of re n- ing our understanding of urban orders.

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URO Lab Report #2: Governing the narcotic city: discourses on drug use, dealers and migration around Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg-Berlin

The 2nd UROLab was held in Berlin 26-28 May 2016 It focused on the contested urban orders of the Görlitzer Park - a public park in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg in Berlin Located in a diverse and rapidly gentrifying area between two vibrant nightlife districts, the Görlitzer Park continues to a ord a number of uses to a wide variety of groups, including migrants, bohemians, local families, tourists and drug dealers Recently, the park has become a key site for administrative and governmental interventions; not least caused by an increasing number of refugees using a space intended for recreational activities Consequently, in late 2014, the park was declared a “danger zone” with ensuing increases of patrols, raids and arrests Still, as both the marijuana trade as well as the protests against racial discrimination continue to escalate, the Görlitzer Park is currently the site of one of the hottest con icts of Berlin as well as a symbol for the ongoing struggle over public space and “the right to the city” This report describes the 2nd URO Lab from its inception and planning to the actual realization It outlines the main ndings and suggests ways of re ning our understanding of urban orders.

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