Many Urbanisms

Like my companion book, The Urbanism of Exception, Many Cities: Divergent Trajectories of Global Urbanism is a work of synthesis. I have sought to weave together the research and writing of other urban scholars in order to advance a ...

Many Urbanisms

Now, for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities. But urbanization is accelerating in some places and slowing down in others. The sprawling megacities of Asia and Africa, as well as many other smaller and medium-sized cities throughout the “Global South,” are expected to continue growing. At the same time, older industrial cities in wealthier countries are experiencing protracted socioeconomic decline. Nonetheless, mainstream urban studies continues to treat a handful of superstar cities in Europe and North America as the exemplars of world urbanism, even though current global growth and development represent a dramatic break with past patterns. Martin J. Murray offers a groundbreaking guide to the multiplicity, heterogeneity, and complexity of contemporary global urbanism. He identifies and traces four distinct pathways that characterize cities today: tourist-entertainment cities with world-class aspirations; struggling postindustrial cities; megacities experiencing hypergrowth; and “instant cities,” or master-planned cities built from scratch. Murray shows how these different types of cities respond to different pressures and logics rather than progressing through the stages of a predetermined linear path. He highlights new spatial patterns of urbanization that have undermined conventional understandings of the city, exploring the emergence of polycentric, fragmented, haphazard, and unbounded metropolises. Such cities, he argues, should not be seen as deviations from a norm but rather as alternatives within a constellation of urban possibility. Innovative and wide-ranging, Many Urbanisms offers ways to understand the disparate forms of global cities today on their own terms.

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Many Urbanisms
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Martin J. Murray
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-02-15 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

Now, for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities. But urbanization is accelerating in some places and slowing down in others. The sprawling megacities of Asia and Africa, as well as many other smaller and medium-sized cities throughout the “Global South,” are expected
Untamed Urbanisms (Open Access)
Language: en
Pages: 318
Authors: Adriana Allen, Andrea Lampis, Mark Swilling
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-07-30 - Publisher: Routledge

An electronic version of this book is available Open Access at www.tandfebooks.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. One of the major challenges of urban development has been reconciling the way cities develop with the mounting evidence of resource depletion and the
Intercultural Urbanism
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Dean Saitta
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-23 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Cities today are paradoxical. They are engines of innovation and opportunity, but they are also plagued by significant income inequality and segregation by ethnicity, race, and class. These inequalities and segregations are often reinforced by the urban built environment: the planning of space and the design of architecture. This condition
Global Urbanism
Language: en
Pages: 370
Authors: Michele Lancione, Colin McFarlane
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-22 - Publisher: Routledge

Global Urbanism is an experimental examination of how urban scholars and activists make sense of, and act upon, the foundational relationship between the ‘global’ and the ‘urban’. What does it mean to say that we live in a global-urban moment, and what are its implications? Refusing all-encompassing answers, the book
The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History
Language: en
Pages: 268
Authors: Lieven Ameel, Jason Finch, Silja Laine, Richard Dennis
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-09-06 - Publisher: Routledge

The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History explores a variety of geographical and cultural contexts to examine what literary texts, grasped as material objects and reflections on urban materialities, have to offer for urban history. The contributing writers’ approach to literary narratives and materialities in urban history is summarised