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Re-Centring the City

Urban Mutations, Socialist Afterlives and the Global East

Edited by Jonathan Bach and Michal Murawski

Re-Centring the City

Edited by Jonathan Bach and Michal Murawski

Distributed for UCL Press

264 pages | 140 color plates | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781787354128 Published April 2020 For sale in North America only
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781787354135 Published April 2020 For sale in North America only

Re-Centring the City rethinks the concept of the center in studies of the urban across the social sciences and humanities. Through cases ranging from Moscow and Berlin to Mexico City, Cairo, and Chennai, the contributions explore the tension between forces of decentering and recentering as they reshape the political, economic, and social fabric of the urban and force us to reconsider the genealogy of the contemporary global city.    
By drawing our attention back to the center as an object of analytical and empirical study, this book counters a long-term trend in both planning and urban scholarship that emphasizes decentralization as the hallmark of the twenty-first-century city. It argues that such a “centrifugal” turn in urban studies is neither empirically accurate nor normatively incontestable, especially when one looks beyond the West. Rather, as the contributions to this volume show, decentering obscures the ways in which the center continues to exert a powerful influence on cities of today. The concise chapters, situated at the intersection of urban studies, social anthropology, architecture, and art theory, provide new perspectives on the role of the center in defining the city’s terrain. Together, they constitute a collection of sharp, provocative interventions into debates about the transformation of global urban forms in the twenty-first century.
 

Contents
I. Moscow, Point of Departure 1. Centre and Periphery: A Personal Journey Vladimir Paperny 2. Fortress City: The Hegemony of the Moscow Kremlin and the Consequences and Challenges of Developing a Modern city Around a Medieval Walled Fortress Clementine Cecil 3. Appropriating Stalinist Heritage: State Rhetoric and Urban Transformation in the Repurposing of VDNKh Andreas Schonle 4. The City Without a Centre: Disurbanism and Communism Revisited Owen Hatherley 5. Mutant Centralities: Moscow Architecture in the Post-Soviet Era Dasha Paramonova II. Off Centre: Palatial Peripheries 6. Berlin’s Empty Centre: A Double Take Jonathan Bach 7. Phantom Palaces: Prussian Centralities, and Humboldtian Spectres Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll and Jonas Tinius 8. Palatial Socialism, or (Still-)Socialist Centrality in Warsaw Michal Murawski III. Looking Inward: Re-Centring the Sacred 9. The Architecture of the Seventh Day: Building the Sacred in Socialist Poland Kuba Snopek with Izabela Cichonska and Karolina Popera 10. Post-Shtetl: Spectral Transformations and Architectural Challenges in the Periphery’s Bloodstream Natalia Romik 11. Eat, Pray, Shop! The Mosque as Centrum in the Swedish Suburbs Jennifer Mack IV. Looking Upward: Power Verticals 12. Verticality and Centrality: The Politics of Contemporary Skyscrapers Steve Graham 13. Partitioning Earth and Sky: Vertical Urbanism in Post-Socialist Mumbai Vyjayanthi Rao Venuturupalli 14. Vertical Horizons: The Shadow of The Shard Thomas Wolseley V. Looking Outward: Hinterlands, Diffusions, Explosions 15. New Geographies of Hinterland Pushpa Arabindoo 16. De-Escalating the Centre: Urban Futures and Special Economic Zones beyond Poststructuralism’s Neoliberal Imaginations Patrick Neveling 17. Explosion, Response, Aftermath Joy Gerrard VI. Things Fall: (After)Lives of Monumentality 18. Domestic Monumentality: Scale of Relationship in the Modern City Adam Kaasa 19. On an Alleged Thought of Inflicting Harm to a Lenin Statue Oleksyi Radinsky 20. We’re Losing Him! On Monuments to Lenin and the Cult of Demolition in Present-Day Ukraine Yevgenia Belorusets
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