CRITICAL CITIES VOLUME 4
Critical Cities is a thought-provoking, head-on confrontation with the Urban Industry. Volume 4 in this series of rigorous engagements with concepts of a 'city' is organised into three sections: 'The Urban Industry: Mass Murder, Theft and Impoverishment', 'The Robbed World & The Making of Modern Cities' and 'How To Empty A City'.
Critical Cities mixes articles, conversations and visual essays foregrounding the voices and perspectives of resistance. Transformative insight is provided into multiple urban contexts including Lima, Lavasa, London, Addis Ababa, Cusco, Seattle, Genoa, Vancouver and Johannesburg. Written with passion and brio by contributors from many disciplines, it's an unequivocal challenge to status quo understandings of cities.
"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 and author of Architecture Depends
"You cannot read Critical Cities Vol 4 and look at the life in the same way again because it speaks so deeply to the roots of the structural, epistemic and genocidal violence of urbanisaton by exposing the seductive yet deceptive tools of the globalised European modernity. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, it leaves the reader with laser sharp clarity as to the role we must play if we are to cease being complicit partakers in the crimes of Empire as well as effect and secure holistic global reparatory justice."
- Esther Stanford-Xosei, reparations scholar-activist, Co-Vice Chair Pan Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe
"I am mightily impressed with the substance and consistency of the work included in Critical Cities Volume 4. It consists in it's entirety of precisely the sort of penetrating analysis that is desperately needed if our increasingly urbanized sociocultural realities are ever to be restored to humanly-rewarding forms, or even that our ever more overburdened planet is to remain a viable habitat for human existence in coming generations. Critical Cities Volume 4 is important stuff, essential reading on the widest possible basis."
- Ward Churchill, author 'A Little Matter of Genocide; Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the present'
"This Critical Cities is a powerful rare paradigm. It is a collection of thoughts by a variety of writers who have captured core ideas about cities and how cities connect to everything. I love how the book cuts to the bone by daring to exhibit how everything relates to "the thieving world and the robbed world". It tears up the polite curtains of the theatre of colonialism and its white supremacist terrorism, oppression, and genocide. That alone shakes you to a clear place in reality... These writers bring us subjects that we thought we understood. They bring us subjects and ideas torn to their naked form from their false or pretentious packaging. The writings force us to do a lot of hard rethinking of our perceptions of cities and what sustains them in the fashion that we know them."
- Olin Tezcatlipoca, founder of the Mexica Movement
“This is an excellent book... There can be no going back to some mystical pre-urban age, but, as Naik and Oldfield urge, we can only arrive at a more equitable urban future if we interrogate, and strive to overcome, the gross inequalities that continue to drive the processes of urbanisation and gentrification.”
- Dan Whittal, Green World Magazine