How can we understand the variety and dynamism of contemporary cities and urban experience across the globe?
Engaged Urbanism, produced by the UCL Urban Laboratory and edited by Ben Campkin and Ger Duijzings, showcases the exciting ways urbanists are responding to the variety and dynamism of contemporary cities across the globe – from Beirut to Johannesburg, Kisumu, London, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. In this handbook of collaborative and experimental research practices, over forty contributors provide succinct, frank and carefully illustrated commentaries on the trials and successes of risk-taking research. They reveal how they collaborate across fields of expertise, inventing or adapting methods to bespoke situations and common challenges. At once theorists, artists, designers, or activists, what binds them is a commitment to better, fairer, cities.
Published by I.B. Tauris, the book will be available to purchase for the discounted price of £15 at the launch (c. £25). It will be on general release from 1 December 2016.
"In the juggernaut knowledge industry, too little attention is paid to what knowledge really does. Engaged Urbanism provides a wide canvas of what actually does and could take place in urban spaces and provides creative methodological tools for supporting these actions, drawing out unanticipated, neglected and suppressed resources from even the most mundane, opaque or desperate places. In putting all our sensory capacities to work, it offers evidence of the efficacy of methodological invention and demonstrates the possibilities researchers, activists, service providers, and policymakers everywhere have available to deepen their understandings of urban life and to work creatively with what is available to them."
— Professor AbdouMaliq Simone, author of City Life from Jakarta to Dakar.