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11th Mar 2019

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Knowledge proximity and firm innovation: A microgeographic analysis for Berlin by Christian Rammer, Jan Kinne and Knut Blind

Rammer, Kinne and Blind document the microgeographic scope of knowledge sources in cities: Innovative firms are located in places with higher numbers of same-sector firms, start-ups and in closer proximity to universities and research institutes.

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Towards an icon model of gentrification: Global capitalism, policing, and the struggle for iconic spaces in Mexico City by Joshua McDermott

McDermott expands upon the concept of “iconicity” to understand gentrification as a glocal process wherein elites attempt to brand cities and exclude undesirable populations to attract capital investment.


Doing mobile ethnography: Grounded, situated and comparative by Monika Streule

Streule calls for new inventive methods for comparative urban research for two reasons: to question established representations and parochial imaginaries of urban space, and to problematise methodological and theoretical dogmas with situated knowledge.


Fake friends: The illusionist revision of Western urbanology at the time of platform capitalism Critical Commentary by Ugo Rossi

Rossi argues that recent revisions in theories of influential apologists of the urban age and its entrepreneurialist potential are minimal, and fundamentally illusory, as they gloss over the issue of value creation within contemporary platform urbanism.

Engineering modernity: Water, electricity and the infrastructure landscapes of Bangalore, India by Vanesa Castán Broto and HS Sudhira

This article is part of the forthcoming Special issue: Interfacing infrastructure in cities: Politics and spatialities of the urban nexus

Castán Broto and Sudhira conceptualise the urban nexus as the contingent product of the operation of physical, ecological, and social processes around urban technologies and analyse processes of infrastructure development in Bangalore, India.


Zoning, density, and rising housing prices: A case study in Portland, Oregon by Hongwei Dong, J Andy Hansz

Dong and Hansz offer new insights into how up-zoning and new urbanist design influence the costs of single-family homes in the rising market of Portland, Oregon.


Green infrastructure for China’s new urbanisation: A case study of greenway development in Maanshan by Fangzhu Zhang, Calvin King Lam Chung and Zihan Yin

This article is part of the forthcoming Special issue: New directions of urban studies in China

New paper assesses the contributions of greenways in urban China: Chinese greenways are not just a sustainability fix for the economy’s sake, they can also promote urban liveability beyond the symbolic and lend material support to active travel.


Local governments’ indebtedness and its impact on real estate prices by Martin Micheli

New article documents that shocks to public debt capitalise into property prices in Germany, while rental prices, on the other hand, do not seem affected by public debt but by the actual tax burden. 


Spatial selectivity and intercity cooperation between Guangdong and Hong Kong by Yun Zhong and Xiaobo Su

Insightful analysis of new forms of institutional arrangements that promote city-regional governance in Hong Kong and Guangdong.


The ‘fluid governance’ of urban public spaces. Insights from informal planning practices in Rome by Chiara Certomà, Lorenzo Chelleri and Bruno Notteboom

New paper argues that the self-design and co-managing capacities of urban gardeners and citizens could lead to synergies between actors, enabling new urban governance models in line with the aim of building more sustainable and inclusive cities.


Does segregation reduce socio-spatial mobility? Evidence from four European countries with different inequality and segregation contexts by Jaap Nieuwenhuis, Tiit Tammaru, Maarten van Ham, Lina Hedman and David Manley

‘The combination of high levels of income inequalities and high levels of spatial segregation tend to lead to a vicious circle of segregation for low income groups, where it is difficult to undertake upward socio-spatial mobility’.  


A small upland city gets a big make-over: Local responses to state ‘modernity’ plans for Lào Cai, Vietnam by Youssef Henein, Thi-Thanh-Hien Pham and Sarah Turner

An exploration of the complex transformations underway in small cities in the uplands regions of Vietnam: City officials try to copy the urban forms of Vietnam’s large cities, while ignoring many of the basic needs of the local population.


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