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Urban Asymmetries

Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization

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The current global economic crisis provides the perfect backdrop for reviewing the dire consequences that neoliberal urban policies have had upon the city, and for discussing possible alternatives to market-driven development. In this light Urban Asymmetries exposes the contradictions of uneven urban development as a means of providing both a substantial critique of the current urban condition and a discussion of necessary counter practices, policies and strategies for designing in such environments, and inferring that social betterment within the city is possible by strategic use of the tools available to the urbanist and to the architect. The book aims to disprove some of the prevailing disciplinary discourses in architecture and urbanism which see the city as ‘a given’ rather than as an evolving socio-historic phenomenon, and intends to challenge the ubiquitous understanding of architecture as devoid of any social transformative power.
With contributions by David Harvey, Margit Meyer, Erik Swyngedouw, Arie Graafland and others.

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ISBN 978-90-6450-724-3 | May 2011 | available | design: Piet Gerards Ontwerpers | English | paperback | 17 x 23,5 cm | 288 pages | illustrated (200 full color)

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