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Urban futures, past and present

Zeiderman, Austin ORCID: 0000-0002-3694-3719 and Dawson, Katherine (2021) Urban futures, past and present. Geography and Environment Discussion Paper Series (23). Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, London, UK.

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The current conjecture demands deeper reflection on how we imagine the future of cities. This article responds by taking stock of the conceptual resources and analytical tools we possess by looking back to key moments of urban history in which the future has taken shape in particularly influential ways. It outlines an approach for conceptualizing the "future" as an historically specific cultural horizon that defines how societies organize themselves and their institutions, and one that is inextricably bound up with the history of urbanization and with the "city" as both idea and spatial form. The discussion is organized into three thematic sections that correspond to recurring themes in the history of the urban imagination, and that continue to resonate today.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2021 08:12
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 07:36

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