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Global Cities and Urban Theory provides an innovative set of approaches to understanding some of the world’s major cities, working with concepts such as smart cities, volumetric urbanism, and critical accounting to illustrate the everyday agents and practices that place cities in the world. Donald McNeill draws on detailed discussions of major cities such as London, San Francisco, Paris and Singapore to provide a deep understanding of how urban theory can be grounded in the cultural economies of urban development. The book: • Reviews the insights of key thinkers such as Bruno Latour, Mike Davis, and Jane M. Jacobs in relation to specific cities. • Highlights methodological and epistemological notes on each theme. • Provides case studies of nine key global cities, examined in the ...

Logistical Territories
Logistical Territories
Circumferential and Surface Geographies

If a key element of the book has been that of mobility, then the spaces that are engineered to allow that mobility are a core interest. And so this chapter has an interest in setting out some of the geographies that relate to ports. It begins with a discussion of ‘surface geographies’, with a particular interest in the ways in which the apparently flat and lifeless maps of global cities are actually inter-related through practices of circumnavigation. An important task is to consider the spatial ontologies of ports, especially in terms of how they modulate the speed of globalization, and organize the surficial crossing of the globe. At first sight, this may have a maritime allusion, but it ...

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