Exploring the Production of Urban Space

Differential Space in Three Post-Industrial Cities

Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Exploring the Production of Urban Space

Michael Edema Leary-Owhin

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

376 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447305743 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The ideas of Henri Lefebvre on the production of urban space have become increasingly useful for understanding worldwide postindustrial city transformation. This important book uses new international comparative research to engage critically with Lefebvre’s spatial theories and challenge recent thinking about the nature of urban space. 

Meticulous research in Vancouver, Lowell, MA, and Manchester, England, explains how urban public spaces, including differential space, are contested and socially produced. Spatial coalitions, counter-representations, and counter-projects are seen as vital elements in such processes. The book contributes critically to the postindustrial city comparative analysis literature. It provides an accessible guide for those who care about cities, public space, city planning, and urban policy. This interdisciplinary book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and postgraduate students in the fields of urban: geography, planning, policy, politics, regeneration, and sociology. It will also be relevant for politicians, policy makers, and urban activists.
 
Contents
Introduction: Cities and Public Space
Vancouver: (Re)presenting Urban Space
Vancouver: Producing Urban Public Space and City Transformation
Lowell (Re)presenting Urban Space
Lowell: Producing Urban Public Space and City Transformation
Manchester (Re)presenting Urban Space
Manchester: Producing Urban Public Space and City Transformation
Stepping Beyond Lefebvre: Differential Space, Transforming the City
Conclusions: Implication for the Production of Differential Space
Review Quotes
Town Planning Review
"This book is a call to arms to begin applying and elaborating spatial theory to old and new situations, as well as valuing an archival approach to urban analysis."
Eugene McCann, Simon Fraser University, Canada
“This volume is a thoughtful, meticulously researched, and empirically rich account of the character and counter-hegemonic potential of contemporary urban public space. Its strongly argued position on how we should understand space and difference in cities will, no doubt, inspire valuable debate among urbanists.”
John Roberts, Brunel University London
“A terrific book that explores the production of urban space through case studies of three cities, which are brought to life in fascinating and meticulous detail and capture the transition from industrial to postindustrial urban space by drawing on the latest advancements in urban theory.”
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