Critical Planning Vol. 16 (Urban Restructuring: Process and Action) Out Now!
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UCLA Urban Planning Journal
Critical Planning Volume 16, 2009
Urban Restructuring: Process and Action
"Urban restructuring is an integral part of the crisis-induced reorganization of capital and labor."
-Soja, Morales, and Wolff, “Urban Restructuring: An Analysis of Social and Spatial Change in Los Angeles” (1983)
Critical Planning's newest volume explores the ways in which crisis-induced struggles between capital and labor play out on the ground in different places around the world—amidst specific configurations of political-economic relations, socio-spatial dynamics, and collective imaginations. While the impetus for this volume grew out of our experiences in Critical Planning’s home base of Los Angeles—facing the combined fallout of the American subprime mortgage collapse and global financial crisis last autumn—the authors of volume 16’s articles each interpreted our call for papers distinctly according to their specific research topic, methodology, and locale. The result is a truly global volume, with articles that extend, critique, and reconstruct the concept of urban restructuring from diverse disciplinary and theoretical perspectives and in a range of empirical and historical contexts.
John Friedmann (honorary professor, University of British Columbia and emeritus professor, UCLA) writes: "The only planning journal in America with a critical edge, this professionally student-edited annual publication continues the forty-year-old tradition of critical thinking and community action of the UCLA Urban Planning Program. Volume 16, a cosmopolitan issue that ranges from Kabul to Contra Costa County via Shanghai, Dhaka, and Toronto, is built around the dual themes of the spatial restructuring of cities and the re-scaling of local governance. It is an issue not to be missed."
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Table of Contents:
Editorial Note: Crisis, “Recovery,” and Beyond
Outside Endopolis: Notes from Contra Costa County
Alex Schafran (2009 Edward W. Soja Prize Recipient)
Urban Restructuring and the Crisis: A Symposium with Neil Brenner, John Friedmann, Margit Mayer, Allen J. Scott, and Edward W. Soja
Konstantina Soureli and Elise Youn
Restructuring, Rescaling, and the Urban Question
Postwar Political Restructuring in Freetown and Kabul: Theoretical Limits and the Test Case for Multiscalar Governance
Daniel E. Esser
Negotiating Livelihoods in a City of Difference: Narratives of Gentrification in Shanghai
From Fabrics to Fine Arts: Urban Restructuring and the Formation of an Art District in Shanghai
Gentrification and the Loss of Employment Lands: Toronto’s Studio District
Ute Lehrer and Thorben Wieditz
The Renaissance of Inner-City Rail Station Areas: A Key Element in Contemporary Urban Restructuring Dynamics
A Call for Organizing: The Rise of the Garment and Mobile Phone Industries in Bangladesh
Book Review: CPULs: Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes
Book Review: Planning and Decentralization: Contested Spaces for Public Action in the Global South
David R. Mason
A Call for Critical Race Studies in Urban Planning
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