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The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.
Chapter 29: The Contradictions of Urban Public Space: The View from London and New York
The Contradictions of Urban Public Space: The View from London and New York
For urban public space, these are contradictory times. In many places, dystopian fears about the annihilation of public space now seem prescient. Gated residential communities, secure corporate campuses and guarded shopping malls have proliferated across the globe, sparking conflicts and protests in cities like São Paulo, Istanbul, San Francisco and Kyiv. Surveillance, control, militarisation, omnipresent security concerns and bans on assembly and protest suggest that, in many places, public space has been thoroughly colonised by a combination of corporate power, ubiquitous technology and invasive government.
But while new technologies of control are diffusing ...