Daniel Kudla, M.A.
August 13, 2013
This afternoon Daniel Kudla successfully defended his M.A. thesis, Who Produces Urban Space?: Gentrification and Contestations Over Urban 'Authenticity.' Creating a framework of authenticity by combining ideas from Sewell, Sartre, Fromm, Lefebvre and Marcuse, he argues that urban authenticity has been recently co-opted by multinational developers, real estate commodity, private corporations, and entrepreneurial municipal governments. To shed light on how citizens' representation of the city is imposed by external agents, Kudla investigates how urban authenticity has changed from the early stage of gentrification that took place during the 1960s until the present time. Read more