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Urban constellations

Author: Matthew Gandy
Publisher: Berlin : Jovis, ©2011.
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Cities are an unprecedented focus of attention: over half the world now lives in them, culture and politics are shaped by them, and they are also focal points for new relationships between nature, technology and the human body. This essay collection brings together a range of cutting-edge international scholarship on cities, urbanisation and urban culture. The format of the collection is a series of small essays in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Gandy
ISBN: 9783868591187 3868591184
OCLC Number: 769430275
Description: 207 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Urban Lexicons --
Planetary urbanisation / Christian Schmid --
Between Marx and Deleuze: discourses of capitalism's urban future / Jennifer Robinson --
Class, nation, and the changing political dynamics of european cities / Patrick Le Gales --
"Every revolution has its square": politicising the post-political city / Erik Swyngedouw --
Frontiers of urban political ecology / Roger Keil --
Otherworldliness / Benedikte Zitouni --
Urban intrusions: a reflection on subnature / David Gissen --
2. Crises and Perturbations --
The work of architecture in the age of structured finance / Louis Moreno --
Vertical accumulation and accelerated urbanism: the East Asian experience / Hyun Bang Shin --
London for sale: towards the radical marketisation of urban space / Michael Edwards --
The politics of the banlieue / Mustafa Dikec --
Splintered urbanisms: water, urban infrastructure, and the modern social imaginary / Karen Bakker --
Disruptions / Stephen Graham --
System city: urban amplification and inefficient engineering / Sarah Bell --
Zoonoses: towards an urban epidemiology / Meike Wolf --
3. Excursions --
Ulrike Mohr --
Martin Kohler --
Kobberling & Kaltwasser --
Laura Oldfield Ford --
Lara Almarcegui --
4. Places And Spaces --
Urban complexity: an instance / AbdouMaliq Simone --
Assembling modernities: concrete imaginations in Buenos Aires / Leandro Minuchin --
Lagos: city of concrete / Giles Omezi --
Vertical urbanism: flyovers and skywalks in Mumbai / Andrew Harris --
Chennai as "cut-out" city / Pushpa Arabindoo --
Queer nostalgia / Johan Andersson --
London's Trellick Tower and the pastoral eye / Maren Hamack --
A configuration pregnant with tensions / Jane Rendell --
Terror by night: bedbug infestations in London / Ben Campkin --
Dictators, dogs, and survival in a post-totalitarian city / Ger Duijzings --
Interstitial landscapes: reflections on a Berlin corner / Matthew Gandy --
Phantom limbs: Encountering the hidden spaces of West Berlin / Sandra Jasper --
Evictions: the experience of Liebig 14 / Lucrezia Lennert --
A rough and charmless place: other spaces of history in Tel Aviv / Noam Leshem --
"A footprint among the ruins" / Karen E. Till --
5. Projections --
Traces and surfaces / Stephen Barber --
Faces, structures, words, and colours: collages and decollages of Berlin and other cities in the work of Pola Brandle / Joachim Schlor --
Wonderful London: silent-era travelogues and the walking tour / Karolina Kendall-Bush --
Chinatown, automobile driving, and the unknowable city / Iain Borden --
Intimations of past and future in the cinematic city / Mark Tewdwr-Jones --
Urban vistas and the civic imagination / Rebecca Ross.
Responsibility: Matthew Gandy (ed.).

Abstract:

Cities are an unprecedented focus of attention: over half the world now lives in them, culture and politics are shaped by them, and they are also focal points for new relationships between nature, technology and the human body. This essay collection brings together a range of cutting-edge international scholarship on cities, urbanisation and urban culture. The format of the collection is a series of small essays in the spirit of Benjamin, Kracauer and other innovative forms of writing and observation. The collection explores themes such as new forms of political mobilisation, the effects of economic instability, the political ecology of urban nature and the presence of collective memory. Cultural aspects of urban change are also considered including the work of artists, film makers and others, who have sought to critically engage with processes of urban change. The global scope of the collection includes essays in Berlin, Chicago and London, as well as less extensivily studied citites such as Chennai, Jakarta and Lagos.

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