Thank you, Mike Davis

When I abruptly quit architecture school in 1998 and was depressed and lost but found my way to critical planning practice, the book that got me there was City of Quartz.

Thank you and rest easy, Mike Davis.

We will keep up the fight.

Embedded Planning in Job Interviews

Infographic by Jonathan Pacheco Bell

The latest instance of our Embedded Planning movement coming up favorably in a job interview.

We are everywhere.

We cannot plan from our desks.

Background image: The book I recommend to every critical planner and embedded planner — especially the Fortress LA chapter — is City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, by Mike Davis.

Photo by Jonathan Pacheco Bell

Voices of Equity and Embedded Planning

Recorded January 18, 2019 at American Planning Association HQ amidst our work on the national Social Equity Task Force. Since then, #EmbeddedPlanning has exploded onto the scene. And as my mentees will attest, I continue to big up Mike Davis’s City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (1990). Start with the Fortress LA chapter. It’s a groundbreaking critique of #HostileArchitecture ⚔️

Mike Davis on the Coronavirus COVID-19

Mike Davis examined the bird flu threat in, “The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu” (2005)

Mike Davis has been commenting extensively about the current global Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. I’m sharing his analysis on my social media spaces, as I often do with City of Quartz for urban planning students. For better or worse, Davis avoids social media and has no personal website with links to his work. Fortunately for readers, several outlets are making available without a paywall his works on COVID-19. It just takes some searching.

As I usually do with Davis, I found myself scouring Twitter and Google to find these commentaries. I know others are doing the same. We need his analysis to show us a pathway forward — and we need to get it beyond his faithful readers. So, to help boost readership, I’m aggregating links in this post to Mike Davis’s COVID-19 writings, comments, podcast interviews, etcetera.

There will be cross-posted duplicates from the various publications involved. I’m okay with doubling up. This increases reader access and helps overcome potential link rot. Also there will shorter and longer versions of his articles depending on the publication’s version. All is worth reading.

I’ll update this blog post as often as possible. Readers can recommend relevant works at this Contact page. Thank you. ~JPB

Update: New citations will end on May 31, 2020. This post will stay up as a resource on Mike Davis and COVID-19.

Mike Davis on COVID-19: The Monster Is at the Door

Date: March 12, 2020. Source: Haymarket Books

Mike Davis on COVID-19: The Monster Is at the Door

Date: March 12, 2020. Source: International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Mike Davis sobre COVID-19: El Monstruo Finalmente Está en la Puerta

Date: March 12, 2020. Source: Izquierda Diario

Who Gets Forgotten in a Pandemic

Date: March 13, 2020. Source: The Nation

Mike Davis on Coronavirus: “In a Plague Year”

Date: March 14, 2020. Source: Jacobin Magazine

Socialism as Counter-Pandemic — Mike Davis

Date: March 14, 2020. Source: Legal Form: A Forum for Marxist Analysis of Law

Mike Davis: Social Distancing, Not Home Arrest

Date: March 16, 2020. Source: Haymarket Books

Mike Davis on COVID-19: The Monster Is at the Door

Date: March 19, 2020. Source: Monthly Review Online

Mike Davis: The Coronavirus Crisis Is a Monster Fueled by Capitalism

Date: March 20, 2020. Source: In These Times

Solidarity Is an Essential Vaccine

Date: March 20, 2020. Source: The Nation

Mike Davis on Coronavirus Politics (podcast interview)

Date: March 20, 2020. Source: The Dig Podcast

Mike Davis on Coronavirus Plague (podcast interview)

Date: March 22, 2020. Source: Beneath the Surface with Suzi Weissman

Lessons From Wuhan

Date: March 25, 2020. Source: The Nation

Mike Davis: Why Global Capitalism Is so Impotent in the Face of Coronavirus (video interview)

Date: March 26, 2020. Source: Jacobin Magazine

Mike Davis on Pandemics, Super-capitalism and the Struggles of Tomorrow

Date: March 30, 2020. Source: Mada Masr

Capitalism Is the Disease: Mike Davis on the Coronavirus Crisis (online teach-in FREE)

Date: March 31, 2020. Source: Haymarket Books and Verso Books

Mike Davis: The Coronavirus — Politics vs. Science; plus Rebecca Solnit on Becoming a Feminist (podcast interview)

Date: April 1, 2020. Source: Start Making Sense

In Memoriam: Michael Sorkin, 1948–2020

Date: April 2, 2020. Source: The Nation

How to Save the Postal Service

Date: April 6, 2020. Source: The Nation

COVID-19: A Man-Made Crisis — A conversation with Mike Davis, Marianela D’Aprile and Nafis Hasan

Date: April 7, 2020. Source: Democratic Socialists of America

Mike Davis: Is Coronavirus Ushering in a New World Order? plus Barbara Ehrenreich on low-wage work (podcast interview)

Date: April 15, 2020. Source: Start Making Sense

The Geopolitics of COVID-19: Mike Davis in Conversation with Joshua Clover

Date: April 16, 2020. Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Source: UC Davis Humanities Institute

The Monster Enters

Date: March/April 2020, No. 122. Source: New Left Review

Mike Davis in the Age of Catastrophe

Date: April 24, 2020. Source: The New Yorker

Mike Davis: Back to Work in the Covid-19 Economy? Plus John Powers on Virus Time TV (podcast interview)

Date: April 29, 2020. Source: Start Making Sense

Mike Davis: C’est La Lutte Finale

Date: April 30, 2020. Source: Progressive International

Mike Davis on the Coronavirus (podcast interview)

Date: May 1, 2020. Source: Coronavirus in California


(Last Updated: May 27, 2020)