Yvonne P. Doderer (2016)

SHINING CITIES. Gender Relations and Other Issues in Urban Development of the Twenty-First Century

In the twenty-first century, the majority of people are living in cities—at least this is the credo communicated frequently. This statement has been strengthened by the “urban renaissance” that dawned at the beginning of the twenty-first century and by a globally evident increase in capital investment in urban-development projects. Such planning endeavors are conveyed to the public, the political sphere, and the media with the help of Internet platforms. The visualizations and descriptions found on such project websites are associated with promises of modernization, appeal, and economic growth—in short, with a better life.
In this publication, images and texts from 12 projects planned for Europe, Africa, and Asia are surveyed critically: What do they “tell” about future life in these new urban districts? Who will live and work in these cities? Which forms of living and lifestyles are propagated? And most importantly: How do these designs relate to actual urban reality, including that of the inhabitants to whom the projects are addressed?

Written in a comprehensible way, supplemented by illustrations and photographs, this in-depth analysis sensitizes the reader to the interconnections between urban-space production and societal (gender) relations.

Printed edition: 

published by author, 2016, 338 pages, format 24 x 17 cm, 196 images, thereof 41 in color, paperback, ISBN 978-3-00-055018-8

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in Urban Development of the Twenty-First Century" by Yvonne P. Doderer is
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Cover image: Bird's-eye view of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City
Copyright: Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development
Co., Ltd.



28. APRIL 2017, 19 Uhr / 7.30 pm