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Cities of the future?: megacities and the space/time of urban modernity

Zeiderman, Austin ORCID: 0000-0002-3694-3719 (2008) Cities of the future?: megacities and the space/time of urban modernity. Critical Planning, Summer. pp. 23-39. ISSN 1522-9807

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This essay examines the popular representation of megacities as “cities of the future.” It argues that rather than remapping the familiar, Eurocentric geography of urban modernity, this discourse reasserts relations between historical time and geographical space that remain centered in Europe and North America. By focusing on one of the so-called “megacities of the Third World” (Bogotá, Colombia), this essay also considers what kinds of governmental projects the discourse on the megacity inspires and enables. It then concludes with the provocation to imagine forms of urban theory and practice that challenge the imagined spatial and temporal coordinates on which these projections of urban futurity are based.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2008 UCLA Department of Urban Planning
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 08:39
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:49

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