Cities Interrupted explores the potential of visual culture - in the form of photography, film, performance, architecture, urban design, and mixed media - to strategically interrupt processes of globalization in contemporary urban spaces. Looking at cities such as Amsterdam, Beijing, Doha, London, New York, and Paris, the book brings together original essays to reveal how the concept of 'interruption' in global cities enables new understanding of the forms of space, experience, and community that are emerging in today's rapidly transforming urban environments. The idea of 'interruption' addressed in this book refers to deliberate interventions in the spaces and communities of contemporary cities - interventions that seek to disrupt or destabilize the experience of everyday urban life through creative practice. Interruption is used as an analytic and conceptual tool to challenge - and explore alternatives to - the narratives of speed, hyper-mobility, rapid growth, and incessant exchange and flow that have dominated critical thinking on global cities.
Bringing art and creative practice into the centre of discussions about the future of cities, alongside discussions of development, design, justice, health, sustainability, technology, and citizenship, this book is essential reading for anyone working at the intersections of a range of urban, cultural and visual fields, including urban studies, urban design and architecture, visual studies, cultural studies, media studies, art history, and social and cultural geography.
Explores how visual culture can intervene, interrupt, and disrupt the processes of globalization in contemporary urban spaces.
Foreword Ackbar Abbas (University of California-Irvine, USA) 1. Visual Culture and Interruption in Global Cities Shirley Jordan (Queen Mary University of London, UK) and Christoph Lindner (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) PART 1 - CRISIS AND RUIN 2. Why We Love 'Interruption': Urban Ruins, Food Trucks, and the Cult of Decay Richard J. Williams (University of Edinburgh, UK) 3. Rescuing History from the City: Interruption and Urban Development in Beijing Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) 4. Interrupting New York: Slowness and the High Line Christoph Lindner (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) 5. Sound, Memory, and Interruption: Ghosts of London's M11 Link Road David Pinder (Roskilde University, Denmark) PART 2 - RESISTANCE AND RENEWAL 6. Suburbia, Interrupted: Street Art and the Politics of Place in the Paris Banlieues Gillian Jein (Bangor University, UK) 7. Looking at Digital Visualizations of Urban Redevelopment Projects: Dimming the Scintillating Glow of Unwork Gillian Rose, Monica Degen, and Clare Melhuish (The Open University, UK) 8. "Here We Are Now": Amsterdam's North-South Metro Line and the Emergence of a Networked Public Ginette Verstraete (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands) 9. Pop-Up Shops as Interruptions in (Post-)Recessional London Mara Ferreri (Queen Mary University of London, UK) PART 3 - BODIES AND SPACE 10. Interruption Expanded: Urban Photography's Perspicacious View Hugh Campbell (University College Dublin, Ireland) 11. Buildering, Urban Interventions, and Public Sculpture Bill Marshall (University of Stirling, UK) 12. Interrupting the Street Shirley Jordan (Queen Mary University of London, UK) Bibliography Index