Contemplative Studies Centre at the University of Melbourne
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The evolution of the very early universe is described by quantum mechanics and particle physics. The first moments after the big bang saw the creation of an asymmetry between matter and antimatter, the production of dark matter, and the formation of light elements in ‘primordial nucleosynthesis’. This lecture looks at the way quantum processes created the matter in our universe.
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Please join us for the next MSD Public Lecture with Professor Sharon Zukin, City University, New York.
In 2021, after five years of contentious public meetings, the New York city council voted to “upzone” SoHo, the well-known artist district in Lower Manhattan, along with adjacent areas of NoHo and Chinatown, to permit the demolition of old factories and warehouses and their replacement by new, taller, residential buildings—for the larger number of future market-rate or luxury apartments are accompanied by a smaller number of “affordable” apartments at lower rents.
From the city government’s point of view, and that of activists from outside the community, this will help to solve the city’s severe housing crisis. In the view of longtime residents, however, mainly older artists who are ageing in place, the rezoning betrayed the promise of community engagement, historic district designation, and, most importantly, zoning that had protected artists’ legal right to live and work in the area’s lofts.
The rezoning betrayed the artists’ role in creating a place that was not only famous around the world, and as a major tourist attraction, a model for creative city development, and a global brand.
In this lecture, Professor Zukin answers these important urban sociology questions.