UCL Urban Laboratory


Engaged Urbanism in LSE Review of Books

10 April 2017

LSE Review of Books have taken a look at Engaged Urbanism: Cities and Methodologies (I.B. Tauris, 2016), a UCL Urban Laboratory publication edited by Ben Campkin and Ger Duijzings

Engaged Urbansim: Cities and Methodologies

Reviewed by Helen Traill the article describes the book as 'a well-presented and provocative read, and a timely exploration of creative urban research.' The review concludes that 'Engaged Urbanism demonstrates an array of creative and critical responses to the urban. It asks questions of authorship and expertise, asking who gets to write research agendas and challenging the academic text as a form of 'situated knowledge'.'

Published in December 2016, Engaged Urbanism showcases the exciting ways urbanists are working towards fairer cities. Featuring novel uses and combinations of practice - from activism, architectural design and undercover journalism, to film, sculpture, performance and photography - in a diversity of cities such as Beirut, Johannesburg, Kisumu, London and Rio de Janeiro, Engaged Urbanism demonstrates how some of the greatest challenges for present and future populations are being rigorously and creatively addressed.

The book features contributions from over forty urbanists in diverse fields, including Jane Rendell, Jennifer Robinson, Joanna Rajkowska, Suzanne Hall, Matthew Gandy, David Roberts, and John Aiken. A full list of contributors can be found here.

The book is available to purchase online and in selected bookstores. If purchased via the I.B. Tauris website, enter code AN2 for a 30% discount on the standard price.

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