CRITICAL CITIES VOLUME 2
This is the second volume in the series Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists. It sets out to challenge ongoing attempts to extend 'gateways' into discourse and practice concerned with 'cities'. It does this by publishing critical papers, visual essays, transcripts of recorded conversations and actions by divers authors from a range of fields and perspectives. Contributors are drawn from planning, academia, art, architecture, film, community organizing, religious and environmental studies. Divided into four thematics – Who Dares Wins Urbanism, Visual Cultures, Backs As Fronts and Space and Ideology – contemporary urban conditions in Athens, London, Warsaw, Porto, Los Angeles and Jerusalem are critically investigated. Collectively the material suggests the need for, and potential of, a transformation in our approaches to new urban realities, through a timely injection of optimism, creativity, rigorous critique and collaboration.
"This is such an important contribution that helps to fill a yawning gap. There is a dearth of critical commentaries examining the changes in cities wrought by neo-liberalism. At last a multi-disciplinary collection of writing that brings together some of the best."
Anna Minton, author 'Ground Control'
"Let me make this clear right from the start: I recommend you read Critical Cities Volume 2. I predict you will find many of the pieces gathered together within it interesting, informative, passionate, thought-provoking, and ultimately enriching. It is also quite possible that you will find the book infuriating and throw it down in exasperation once or twice, but then let me clarify: I think you should read this book because it will be good for you to do so."
- Dominic Church, Architectural Review
"This collection explicitly and honestly wears its politics on its sleeve, a necessary counterpoint to the political disavowal or equivocation of too many urban actors. The exhilaration in the book lies in the stories told and in their transformative potential."
- Professor Jeremy Till, author 'Architecture Depends'
"Critical Cities 2 is a fascinating, challenging and insightful critique of contemporary urbanism and gives a voice to many who are often overlooked and bypassed in development processes. It is an essential counterweight to the glib assertions of many urban commentators".
- Julian Dobson, co-founder of New Start Magazine