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Urban futures: idealization, capitalization, securitization

Zeiderman, Austin ORCID: 0000-0002-3694-3719 and Dawson, Katherine (2022) Urban futures: idealization, capitalization, securitization. City, 26 (2-3). 261 - 280. ISSN 1360-4813

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13604813.2022.2035964


This article offers an analytical reflection on how urban futures have been imagined throughout history and into the present. Considering this question at a global scale, it examines the place of urbanization within the development of the modern/colonial order, accounting for the imagined futures that have supported this world-historical process. Three thematic sections—idealization, capitalization, and securitization—frame the discussion. Capturing desires for societal betterment alongside attempts to extract economic value and imperatives to govern anticipated threats, these heuristics provide insight into forms of urban future-making and future-thinking that continue to reverberate across contemporary projects, debates, and struggles. This lays the groundwork for the critical analysis of urban futures that identifies what is at stake in imagining the future of cities in one way rather than another.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 11:09
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2024 02:45

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