February New Urban Studies books
The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place
The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place: HT153 .H328 2019
Author(s): Germaine R. Halegoua
New York : New York University Press 
Shows how digital media connects people to their lived environments Every day, millions of people turn to small handheld screens to search for their destinations and to seek recommendations for places to visit. They may share texts or images of themselves and these places en route or after their journey is complete. We don’t consciously reflect on these activities and probably don’t associate these practices with constructing a sense of place. Critics have argued that digital media alienates users from space and place, but this book argues that the exact opposite is true: that we habitually use digital technologies to re-embed ourselves within urban environments. The Digital City advocates for the need to rethink our everyday interactions with digital infrastructures, navigation technologies, and social media as we move through the world. Drawing on five case studies from global and mid-sized cities to illustrate the concept of “re-placeing,” Germaine R. Halegoua shows how different populations employ urban broadband networks, social and locative media platforms, digital navigation, smart cities, and creative placemaking initiatives to turn urban spaces into places with deep meanings and emotional attachments. Through timely narratives of everyday urban life, Halegoua argues that people use digital media to create a unique sense of place within rapidly changing urban environments and that a sense of place is integral to understanding contemporary relationships with digital media.
Serene Urbanism: A Biophilic Theory and Practice of Sustainable Placemaking
Serene Urbanism: A Biophilic Theory and Practice of Sustainable Placemaking: HT153 .T22 2017
Author(s): Philip James Tabb
London ; Routledge Taylor & Francis Group 2017.
"Serenity is becoming alarmingly absent from our daily existence, especially within the urban context. Time is dense and space is tumultuous. The idea of the serene has gained currency in postmodern discussions, and when combined with urbanism conjures questions, even contradictions as the two ideas seem improbable, yet their correspondence seems so inherently desirable. Integrated, these two constructs present design challenges as they manifest in differing ways across the rural-urban transect. In response, part one of this work establishes the theoretical framework through different contemporary perspectives, and concludes with a clear explanation of a theory of serene urbanism. The positive characteristics of urbanism and beneficial qualities of the serene are explored and related to sustainability, biophilia, placemaking and environmental design. Both principles and examples are presented as compelling portraits for the proposal of these new urban landscapes. Part two of the work is an in depth exploration and analysis of serene urban ideas related to the intentional community being created outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Serenbe is the name given to this place to commemorate the value and nuance between the serene and urban"--Provided by publisher.
Against Urbanism: HT165.5 .L2 2020
Author(s): Franco La Cecla
Oakland, CA : PM Press 2020.
Following his book Against Architecture (PM Press, 2012), Franco La Cecla explores the challenges that cities must confront in the near future. Urban planning and development has become increasingly inadequate in response to the daily realities of life in our cities. Human, economic, ethnic and environmental factors are overlooked, and anachronistic architecture prevails. A new urban science is required which can, first of all, guarantee a civil, dignified life for all - urban development which ensures the right to a humane mode of daily living, which has been and still is completely ignored.
Advanced Introduction to the Creative City
Advanced Introduction to the Creative City: HT166 .L3266 2019
Author(s): Charles Landry
Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing ©2019
Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world's leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.Written by the leading authority Charles Landry, inventor of the concept of the creative city, this timely book offers an insightful and engaging introduction to the field. Exploring the development of the concept, it discusses the characteristics of cities, the qualities of creativity, the creative and regeneration repertoires and the gentrification dilemma. Other key topics of this definitive work include ambition and creativity, cities and psychology, digitization and the creative bureaucracy. Key features include: * clear and compact style* a unique survey of contemporary developments in the field* provides a theoretical base for evaluating the concept of creative cities* considerations of the urban-sociological context of creative cities* sets an agenda for future research in the field.The Advanced Introduction to the Creative City will be an indispensable guide for scholars and students working in urban geography, urban sociology, urban planning and urban studies.
Understanding Metropolitan Landscapes
Understanding Metropolitan Landscapes: HT166 .M33 2020
Author(s): Andrew MacKenzie
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge 2020.
Understanding Metropolitan Landscapes considers and reflects on the fundamental relationships between metropolitan regions and their landscapes. It investigates how planning and policy help to protect, manage and enhance the landscapes that sustain our urban settlements. As global populations become more metropolitan, landscapes evolve to become increasingly dynamic and entropic; and the distinction between urban and non-urban is further fragmented and yet these spaces play an increasingly important role in sustainable development. This book opens a key critical discussion into the relational aspects of city and landscape and how each element shapes the boundaries of the other, covering topics such as material natures, governance systems, processes and policy. It presents a compendium of concepts and ideas that have emerged from landscape architecture, planning, and environmental policy and landscape management. Using a range of illustrated case studies, it provokes discussions on the major themes driving the growth of cities by exploring the underlying tensions around notions of sustainable settlement, climate change adaption, urban migration, new modes of governance and the role of landscape in policy and decision making at national, provincial and municipal levels.
Ways of Knowing Cities
Ways of Knowing Cities: HT251 .W39 2019
Author(s): Laura Kurgan, Dare Brawley
New York, NY : Columbia Books on Architecture and the City an imprint of the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation Columbia University 
Ways of Knowing Cities considers the role of technology in generating, materializing, and contesting urban epistemologies--from ubiquitous sites of "smart" urbanism to discrete struggles over infrastructural governance to forgotten histories of segregation now naturalized in urban algorithms to exceptional territories of border policing.