Category Archives: urban/urbanisation

Sun-Young Park, Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary Paris – U Pittsburgh Press, 2018

Sun-Young Park, Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary Paris – University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018 Modern hygienic urbanism originated in the airy boulevards, public parks, and sewer system that transformed the Parisian cityscape in the mid-nineteenth … Continue reading

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Neil Brenner, New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question – OUP, June 2019

Neil Brenner, New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question – OUP, June 2019 The urban condition is today being radically transformed. Urban restructuring is accelerating, new urban spaces are being consolidated, and new forms of urbanization are crystallizing. … Continue reading

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Ross Exo Adams, Circulation and Urbanization – Sage 2018 (Society and Space series)

Ross Exo Adams, Circulation and Urbanization – Sage 2018 (Society and Space series) Circulation and Urbanization is a foundational investigation into the history of the urban. Moving beyond both canonical and empirical portrayals, the book approaches the urban through a genealogy … Continue reading

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Design Agency within Earth Systems – 26 October 2018, Architecture Association, London

Design Agency within Earth Systems – 26 October 2018, Architecture Association, London Further details here. I’ll be in discussion with Neil Brenner and Jose Alfredo Ramirez at the end of the event.

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Books received – Dodds, McCormack, Derrida, Basso, Rekret, Brighenti and Kärrholm

Klaus Dodds, Ice: Nature and Culture; Derek McCormack, Atmospheric Things: On the Allure of Elemental Envelopment; Jacques Derrida, The Ear of the Other; Elisabetta Basso, Michel Foucault et la Daseinsanalyse; The Derrida Reader edited by Julian Wolfreys; Paul Rekret, Derrida and Foucault, Andrea Mubi Brighenti … Continue reading

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Natalie Koch, The Geopolitics of Spectacle (Cornell University Press, 2018) – reviewed at LSE review of Books by Kristin Eggeling

Natalie Koch, The Geopolitics of Spectacle: Space, Synedoche and the New Capitals of Asia (Cornell University Press, 2018) – reviewed at LSE Review of Books by Kristin Eggeling Why do autocrats build spectacular new capital cities? In The Geopolitics of Spectacle, … Continue reading

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Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Mattias Kärrholm (eds.) Urban Walls: Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces – Routledge, 2018

Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Mattias Kärrholm (eds.) Urban Walls: Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces  – Routledge, 2018 (usual pricing issues) In recent years, an increasing number of separation walls have been built around the world. Walls … Continue reading

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Andy Merrifield, What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities (And Love)

Andy Merrifield, What We Talk About When We Talk About Cities (And Love) – out in June from OR books. Update: an excerpt is now available open access: Between Utopia and Dystopia: Encountering Marshall Berman and Mike Davis In often dreamlike … Continue reading

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Big Cities – Small Changes: Thinking Creatively Through Urban Infrastructure – British Academy, 20 Feb 2018

Big Cities – Small Changes: Thinking Creatively Through Urban Infrastructure Tuesday 20 February 2018, 9.00am – 4.30pm The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH Full details available here – Big Cities – Small Changes 20 Feb (pdf) If you’d … Continue reading

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My favourite academic books of 2017

  I don’t think I read as many new books this year as previous years, and the ‘to read’ piles get ever higher… But these are the academic books published in 2017 which I particularly liked: Update: the lists for … Continue reading

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