This article deploys the theoretical work of David Harvey to comprehend contemporary processes of the urbanisation of ‘platform capitalism’. It isolates several of Harvey’s key conceptual innovations in order to use them to contextualise the development of platform capitalism and to explain the significance of platforms and start-up ‘ecosystems’. The article then applies these as heuristics to explain and critique how dynamics of financialisation, assetisation, and the reproduction of specific supplies of labour-power have fused with supply-side urban entrepreneurial placemaking processes to produce the 22@ innovation district. The article homes in on the case of the quick commerce delivery platform, Glovo, to illustrate the more deleterious and contested aspects of the contemporary urbanisation of platform capitalism in Barcelona.
|Translated title of the contribution||The 22@Barcelona district: An urban 'innovation platform' or the urbanisation of platform capitalism?|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Sept 2023|
- platform capitalism