The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 38: Slum as Theory: Mega-Cities and Urban Models
Slum as Theory: Mega-Cities and Urban Models
In their book, Cities: Reimagining the Urban Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift (2002) offer what they characterize as a ‘provisional diagram of how to understand the city’. They recognize, however, that this attempt is limited in several respects, but especially constrained by the specific geopolitics of inherited urban models. For models are precisely those forms that inform theory by positing normative conditions, either as representations that are extrapolated from extant reality or as propositions that might inform future developments.1 Amin and Thrift usefully remind us of the role that models play in framing normative out comes and desires in relation to cities. By concluding that their work is limited vis-à-vis ‘gender, race ...