Cities and Architecture

The Cities and Architecture list focusses on alternative understandings of urban space and the politics of urban planning in the global South.

Zed Books’ Cities and Architecture list spans two specific areas. Firstly the list encompasses global Urban Studies, with a particular focus on the changing nature of cities, the role of urban planning, constructions of space and the urban poor, as well as the effects of climate change on the urban global South. Secondly it contains a strand of works critiquing liberal constructions of the purpose and use of space, as well as the theory and practice of architecture in the global North.

Titles in subject

The Agonistic City?

State-society Strife in Johannesburg

Li Pernegger

Rebranding Precarity

Pop-up Culture as the Seductive New Normal

Ella Harris

Intercultural Urbanism

City Planning from the Ancient World to the Modern Day

Dean Saitta

Broken Cities

Inside the Global Housing Crisis

Deborah Potts

Kakuma Refugee Camp

Humanitarian Urbanism in Kenya's Accidental City

Bram J. Jansen


Stories of Strength and Sorrow from Eastern Congo

Theodore Trefon and Noël Kabuyaya

Building a Capable State

Service Delivery in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Ian Palmer, Nishendra Moodley, and Susan Parnell

Reconstructing Urban Economics

Towards a Political Economy of the Built Environment

Franklin Obeng-Odoom

The Mediated City

The News in a Post-Industrial Context

Stephen Coleman, Nancy Thumim, Chris Birchall, et al.

Slumming It

The Tourist Valorization of Urban Poverty

Fabian Frenzel

The Punitive City

Privatized Policing and Protection in Neoliberal Mexico

Markus-Michael Müller

Common Space

The City as Commons

Stavros Stavrides
With a Foreword by Massimo De Angelis


People, Place and Politics

Jenny Pickerill

Violence and Resilience in Latin American Cities

Edited by Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt

The New War on the Poor

The Production of Insecurity in Latin America

John Gledhill

Ghost Cities of China

The Story of Cities without People in the World's Most Populated Country

Wade Shepard

Spaces of Aid

How Cars, Compounds and Hotels Shape Humanitarianism

Lisa Smirl

Women and the Informal Economy in Urban Africa

From the Margins to the Centre

Mary Njeri Kinyanjui

Africa's Urban Revolution

Edgar Pieterse and Susan Parnell

Introducing Just Sustainabilities

Policy, Planning, and Practice

Julian Agyeman

China's Urban Billion

The Story behind the Biggest Migration in Human History

Tom Miller

African Cities

Alternative Visions of Urban Theory and Practice

Garth Myers

Africa's Informal Workers

Collective Agency, Alliances and Transnational Organizing in Urban Africa

Edited by Ilda Lindell


The Politics of Urban Exclusion and Violence in the Global South

Edited by Kees Koonings and Dirk Kruijt
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