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Engaging Comparative Urbanism

Art Spaces in Beijing and Berlin

By Julie Ren

Published

9 Dec 2020

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529207057

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

9 Dec 2020

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1529207088

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    Julie Ren investigates the motivations and practices of making art spaces in Beijing and Berlin to engage with comparative urbanism as a framework for doing research, beyond its significance as a critical intervention.

    Across vastly different contexts, where universal theories of modernity or development seem increasingly misplaced, she innovatively explores the ways that art spaces employ creative capital to sustain themselves in a competitive urban landscape.

    She shows how these art spaces are embedded within a politics of aspiration and demonstrates that aspiration is an important lens through which to understand the nature of, and possibilities for, urban change.

    “This rich theoretical, methodological and empirical journey between Beijing and Berlin brings comparative urbanism into tangible applicability for urban researchers.” Jason Luger, Northumbria University

    Julie Ren is a Researcher at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

    Operationalizing Comparative Urbanism;

    Motivations- Art Spaces;

    Practices – Competitive Urban Arenas;

    Consequences – Spatio-Temporal Expressions;

    Politics Of Aspiration.