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Discussion: Squeezed Out – Cities, Tourism and Gentrification


During the pandemic lockdown, tourist cities around the world were abruptly shut down, altered. The so-called ‘sharing economies’ had promised a more personal and authentic touristic experience, often at the cost of massive property accumulation and lack of affordable housing for local residents. Did this pause change anything, suggesting more sustainable ways to develop cities butchered by tourism? And now, with the pandemic slowly easing, how should we move forward? Participants include Ana Filipović, an architect, spatial designer and independent researcher based in Berlin, whose work focuses on the spatial manifestations of power structures in society; and Joanna Erbel, an urban sociologist and activist focused on urban democracy, sustainable development of the city and housing policy. Moderated by Unsound Co-founder and Artistic Director Mat Schulz.