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Building (the capital of) Europe as a heterotopy

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Author(s): Eric Corijn

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 95;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Europe | Brussels | urbanity | urban imaginaries

ABSTRACT
The European unification project requires imagination to achieve the support of the population. Its role should be that of a capital city, not only the location for its institutions, but also as the place for developing arts, culture and innovation related to the project. To become such a capital of Europe would be a good urban project for Brussels. But to achieve that, a critical assessment is needed of the effects of the unification process with very strong centre-periphery dialectics. In that process the Mediterranean way of life is fading away, though it represents a vital part of “Europeanness”. Constructing a postnational European imaginary and investing that in the project of a capital city needs a decentered identity in a heterotopian space.
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