Lygia Clark, Estruturas vivas, 1966
The Sensitive City: The Micropolitical Transformation of Territories explores individual and civic participation in urbanization processes. Transformative micropolitics enables the expression and negotiation of individual desires in the social field, thereby introducing flexible subjectivities into political processes in order to foster new forms of socio-political engagement. How can the micropolitical potential be harnessed for the self-organization of cities and neighborhoods? Micropolitical urbanism seeks to create a plural and diverse common ground for urban cooperation based on democratic principles connecting bottom-up and top-down interdependencies. Does the micro-macro-political representation institute a new form of radical democratic urbanism? In answering, the research follows a four-fold rationale. First, it examines the political philosophy of micropolitical theories and its relevance for political activism in the 21st century. Second, it analyzes the emergence of micropolitical empiricism during the last decades in Brazil. Third, it traces micropolitical actors within their social and urban environments in the Brazilian context. And lastly, it establishes a catalog of micropolitical tools for the implementation of political and more equitable livelihoods.