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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.

Global Urban Order(ING)
Global Urban Order(ING)

So far, the book has looked closely at two cities – Rome and Paris – and various attempts to use very fine-grained study of their constitution to do a number of interesting things: to generalize; to typify; to theorize; to work out their position within what some call a network ontology. In other words, there is always a tension – especially in the case of global theory building – between working through the intricacies of a particular place and attempting to work out the place of cities in the world. Both Rome and Paris would appear in what is often seen as a ‘Eurocentric’ canon of interpreting, designing and producing cities. This is important to note, because in many ...

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