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What is Critical Urbanism?

What is Critical Urbanism?

Urban Research as Pedagogy

Edited by Kenny Cupers
Edited by Sophie Oldfield
Edited by Manuel Herz
Edited by Laura Nkula-Wenz
Edited by Emilio Distretti
Edited by Myriam Perret

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  • A research-based reader on methodical and pedagogical innovations in urban research and architecture education
  • Offers novel approaches to understanding urban fabrics in the 21st century
  • Derives new forms for an urbanism of the future from a critical evaluation of the past
  • Rooted in the Critical Urbanisms MA program at University of Basel in collaboration with the African Centre for Cities at University of Cape Town
Full Description

Understanding and managing urban change in our global era demands a high degree of specialised and interdisciplinary knowledge. At the same time, city planners, architects, researchers, policymakers, and activists are deeply immersed in the chaotic and often contradictory urban realities that they are asked to address. What is Critical Urbanism? offers an innovative toolkit for engaging these present realities across disciplinary specialisations and geographic purviews.
Central to the book is the research and pedagogy of the Critical Urbanisms MA program at the University of Basel, established in collaboration with the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. The program’s renowned and emerging urbanists demonstrate the power of working with care and reciprocity across different contexts and institutions, driven by engagement with varied communities of practice. They show how alternative urban futures can be imagined by addressing the historical injustices and global entanglements that shape the urban present. The book is tailored to students, graduates and teachers of urban studies and related disciplines including architecture, urban design, human geography, architectural history, and urban anthropology.

About the Author

Kenny Cupers is a Professor of Architecture History and Urbanism at the University of Basel. Emilio Distretti works as a postdoctoral fellow in architecture history and urbanism at the University of Basel. Sophie Oldfield is a Professor of Urbanism and Chair of the Department Architecture Art Planning at Cornell University. Manuel Herz is an architect and Assistant Professor of Architectural, Urban and Territorial Planning at the University of Basel. Laura Nkula Wenz is a lecturer on the Critical Urbanisms MA program at University of Basel and at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Myriam Perret is an architect who has been working on the Critical Urbanisms MA program at the University of Basel until 2020.

Specifications
Publisher
Park Books
ISBN
9783038602828
Published
14th Jun 2022
Binding
Paperback / softback
Territory
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
Size
240 mm x 165 mm
Pages
204 Pages
Illustrations
116 color, 9 b&w
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