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Engaging Comparative Urbanism: Art Spaces in Beijing and Berlin

Julie Ren


The concepts employed to understand cities around the world are sourced form a limited set of urban experiences. Comparative urbanism seeks to address this problem, but has yet to offer concrete tools to do so. This book engages with comparative urbanisms as one of the most critical debates facing urban studies. Rather than corrective inclusion, an analysis of the premises behind comparative urbanism suggests that the focus should be on how cities and cases are compared. An epistemic inversion is necessary to redraw the relationship of models and cases. Employing an empirical study of art spac ... More

Keywords: Comparative urbanism, Urban research, Urban theory, Urbanism, Art space, Aspiration, Beijing, Berlin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529207057
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529207057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Ren, author
University of Zurich