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The Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries

Edited by: Christoph Lindner , Miriam Meissner

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138058880
eBook ISBN: 9781315163956
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The Routledge Companion to Urban Imaginaries delves into examples of urban imaginaries across multiple media and geographies: from new visions of smart, eco, and resilient cities to urban dystopias in popular culture; from architectural renderings of starchitecture and luxury living to performative activism for new spatial justice; and from speculative experiments in urban planning, fiction, and photography to augmented urban realities in crowd-mapping and mobile apps.

The volume brings various global perspectives together and into close dialogue to offer a broad, interdisciplinary, and critical overview of the current state of research on urban imaginaries. Questioning the politics of urban imagination, the companion gives particular attention to the role that urban imaginaries play in shaping the future of urban societies, communities, and built environments. Throughout the companion, issues of power, resistance, and uneven geographical development remain central. Adopting a transnational perspective, the volume challenges research on urban imaginaries from the perspective of globalization and postcolonial studies, inviting critical reconsiderations of urbanism in its diverse current forms and definitions. In the process, the companion explores issues of Western-centrism in urban research and design, and accommodates current attempts to radically rethink urban form and experience.

This is an essential resource for scholars and graduate researchers in the fields of urban planning and architecture; art, media, and cultural studies; film, visual, and literary studies; sociology and political science; geography; and anthropology.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Thirsty cities Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Rapid adaptation and mitigation planning Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Urban nature and the ecological imaginary Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Litter and the urban imaginary Download PDF
Chapter  6:  IHM-agining sustainability Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Formal encounters in two tales of toxicity Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Smart urban Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The origin of the smart city imaginary Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Construction performance Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Authoritarianism and the transparent smart city Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Digital urban imaginaries Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Urban exposure Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Every breath you take Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Imagining the open city Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Beyond East-meets-West Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Toward a photographic urbanism? Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Macau’s materialist milieu Download PDF
Chapter  19:  “Like diamonds in the sky” Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The city on the highway, revisited Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Brutalism, ruins, and the urban imaginary of gentrification Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The end of the time of the city? Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Chicano Park’s urban imaginary Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Arts districts and the reimagining of neighborhood through arts and culture-based development Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Jia Zhangke’s cinematic vision of urban dystopia in contemporary China Download PDF
Chapter  26:  ICONi©Cities Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Imagining the entitled middle-class self in the global city Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Urban imaginaries and the palimpsest of the future Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Emergent imaginaries Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Queer urban imaginaries Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Crafted imagination Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Urban space and the posthuman imaginary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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