Who Makes the City is a roaming platform focussed on the contemporary urban condition. Each edition introduces international thinkers, practitioners, and activists framing their research, followed by public conversations between practitioners and audience on specific conditions in the edition city.

Belfast is a city throughout which ongoing negotiations on identity and belonging are borne on infrastructure and urban planning. Situated on the island of Ireland but within the political jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, its rich social fabric exists within gaps, open spaces, inner city motorways, and parking lots, determined by the contradictory demands of access and securitisation its unique position and complex history create.
Episode 01: Belfast features videos from Samuel Stein, Brenna Bhandar & Daniel Renwick, Anna Minton & Henrietta Williams, Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, and a public conversation featuring Stormont politicians, architects, and activists operating in the city.

Edition 01 was launched at Golden Thread Gallery within the exhibition not only the earth we share, a collaboration between Sol Archer and Household CIC.
It was supported by Golden Thread Gallery, the Mondriaan Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Samuel Stein

Samuel Stein is a policy analyst and a writer living and working in New York City. His work focuses on the politics of urban planning, with an emphasis on housing, labor, real estate, and gentrification in New York City. In 2019, Verso published his first book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. He is a member of the steering committee for the Planners Network, the organization of progressive planning.