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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.

Forensic Architecture: Political Practice, Activism, Aesthetics1
Forensic Architecture: Political Practice, Activism, Aesthetics*
Eyal Weizman

Forensic architects deal, in the words of one practitioner, with ‘the application of architectural facts to legal problems.'2 These facts are the ‘cause and origin of architectural defects such as construction, windows, wall and roofing failures; floor problems; accessibility issues and architectural design errors.'3 The legal context is most often insurance disputes for which forensic architects provide reports or testimony under oath.4 There were building surveyors as long as there were builders, but, according to Dale Paegelow, a forensic architect who in 2001 published something of an introduction to the practice, the term emerged only in the early 1980s.5 It is hard to verify this claim or ...

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