Latest Urban Studies news 28/08/23

28 Aug 2023, 7:34 a.m.

Latest articles on OnlineFirst

The ‘In/formal Nocturnal City’: Updating a research agenda on nightlife studies from a Southern European perspective critical commentary by Begoña Aramayona and Valeria Guarneros-Meza

In this Open Access critical commentary, Aramayona and Guarneros-Meza focus on night-time informal workers as exemplar cases of how in/formal nocturnal governance is produced.


The post-socialist cities from Central and Eastern Europe: Between spatial growth and demographic decline by Alexandra Sandu

This latest research from Alexandra Sandu examines two major phenomena that have driven the transformation of cities in Central and Eastern Europe following the fall of communism: intensive urban sprawl and population decline.


Mumbai’s differential verticalisation: The dialectic of sovereign and technical planning rationalities by Himanshu Burte

This article is for the forthcoming Special Issue: Radical Verticality: Critical explorations of high-rise urbanism.

In this Special Issue paper, Himanshu Burte discusses four distinct planning induced verticalisations in Mumbai by interrelating issues of power, volume and intentionality.


An evaluation framework for predictive models of neighbourhood change with applications to predicting residential sales in Buffalo, NY by Jan Voltaire Vergara, Maria Y Rodriguez, Jonathan Phillips, Ehren Dohler, Melissa L Villodas, Amy Blank Wilson and Kenneth Joseph

In this new paper, the authors illustrate the application of their neighborhood change evaluation framework via a case study of Buffalo, New York.


New book reviews on Urban Blog

Book review: Upgrading Informal Settlements: Experiences from Asia

reviewed by Patrick Wakely

"The principles and practice of upgrading (improving) urban slums and peri-urban shanties evolved during the last quarter of the 20th century and have continued to change and develop more recently. This diverse and complex process is addressed in great analytical detail by Yap Kioe Sheng in his rewarding and informative book Upgrading Informal Settlements: Experiences from Asia.."

Book review forum: Infrastructure

introduced by Phil Hubbard, reviewed by Regan Koch, Austin Kocher and Sarah Klosterkamp with an author response from Mariana Valverde

"Despite the book speaking at times to a mainly legal audience, all reviewers stress that it should be enthusiastically read by urban scholars, and not only those with a putative interest in infrastructures per se. As all reviewers stress, this book presents an insistent and persuasive case for taking the law seriously in contemporary studies. Yet, at the same time, the reviews question the way Valverde invokes certain ideas – for example, scale, locality, neighbourhood, participation – whose meaning is not always self-evident for urban scholars."

Read more book reviews on the Urban Studies blog.



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