Urban constellations / Matthew Gandy (edition).

by Gandy, MatthewLooking glass.

Publisher: Berlin : Jovis, [2011]Description: 207 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9783868591187.Subject(s): Cities and townsLooking glass | Sociology, UrbanLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Today home to over half of the world's population, cities determine the shape of our culture and our politics, and generate new relationships between nature, technology and the human body. This collection brings together a series of short essays on cities, urbanization and urban culture in the spirit of Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer. A range of leading international scholars, artists and filmmakers explores urban ruins and disruptions--from the bedbug infestations of London to the phantom spaces of west Berlin--and looks at new forms of political mobilization, the effects of economic instability, the political ecology of urban nature and the ways in which collective memory can take form. The scope of the collection is truly global, and takes the reader from London, Berlin and Los Angeles to such less extensively studied cities as Buenos Aires, Lagos and Seoul.

Includes bibliographical references.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 4)
  • 1 Urban Lexicons
  • Planetary urbanisation (p. 10)
  • Between Marx and Deleuze: discourses of capitalism'surban future (p. 14)
  • Class, nation, and the changing political dynamics of European cities (p. 18)
  • "Every revolution has its square": politicising the post-political city (p. 22)
  • Frontiers of urban political ecology (p. 26)
  • Otherworldliness (p. 31)
  • Urban intrusions: a reflection on subnature (p. 35)
  • 2 Crises and Perturbations
  • The work of architecture in the age of structured finance (p. 42)
  • Vertical accumulation and accelerated urbanism: the East Asian experience (p. 48)
  • London for sale: towards the radical marketisation of urban space (p. 54)
  • The politics of the banlieue (p. 58)
  • Splintered urbanisms: water, urban infrastructure, and the modern social imaginary (p. 62)
  • Disruptions (p. 65)
  • System city: urban amplification and inefficient engineering (p. 71)
  • Zoonoses: towards an urban epidemiology (p. 75)
  • 3 Excursions
  • UlrikeMohr (p. 82)
  • Martin Kohler (p. 86)
  • Köbberling & Kaltwasser (p. 89)
  • Laura Oldfield Ford (p. 92)
  • Lara Almarcegui (p. 96)
  • 4 Places And Spaces
  • Urban complexity: an instance (p. 100)
  • Assembling modernities: concrete imaginations in Buenos Aires (p. 103)
  • Lagos: city of concrete (p. 108)
  • Vertical urbanism: flyovers and skywalks in Mumbai (p. 113)
  • Chennai as "cut-out" city (p. 118)
  • Queer nostalgia (p. 123)
  • London's Trellick Tower and the pastoral eye (p. 127)
  • A configuration pregnant with tensions (p. 132)
  • Terror by night: bedbug infestations in London (p. 139)
  • Dictators, dogs, and survival in a post-totalitarian city (p. 145)
  • Interstitial landscapes: reflections on a Berlin corner (p. 149)
  • Phantom limbs: Encountering the hidden spaces of West Berlin (p. 153)
  • Evictions: the experience of Liebig 14 (p. 158)
  • A rough and charmless place: other spaces of history in Tel Aviv (p. 163)
  • "A footprint among the ruins" (p. 167)
  • 5 Projections
  • Traces and surfaces (p. 174)
  • Faces, structures, words, and colours: collages and décollages of Berlin and other cities in the work of Pola Brändle (p. 178)
  • Wonderful London: silent-era travelogues and the walking tour (p. 182)
  • Chinatown, automobile driving, and the unknowable city (p. 186)
  • Intimations of past and future in the cinematic city (p. 190)
  • Urban vistas and the civic imagination (p. 194)
  • "The sun will shine on the homes of the future": Danish welfare architecture on a scale of 1:1 (p. 198)