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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 context of specific material and spatial practices. Essential reading for upper level students and researchers across urban studies, urban geography, urban sociology and urban policy.

Flat Cities
Flat Cities
Actor-Networks and Political Economies

At first it seemed simple: to encompass all of Paris in a gaze we simply needed to be high up, to stand back. But where should the camera lens be put? At the top of the tower of Montparnasse? No, the view would be too squashed. At the top of Montmartre – which would have the advantage of not seeing the hideous Sacré-Coeur? Yes, but the partial view would be too oblique. At the bottom of the catacombs? We’d see only a narrow corridor, partially lit. From the blind eye of a satellite camera? We’d get only one view. From the prime minister’s window, at Matignon? We’d simply see a well-tended garden and not France, even though he ...

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