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|Title||Space wars and the new urban imperialism|
|Author/s||Anders Lund Hansen|
|Full-text||Available as PDF|
|Defence place||Department of Social and Economic Geography Sölvegatan 10, sal 111 SE-223 62 Lund|
|Opponent||Professor Erik Swyngedouw|
|Publisher||Lund University, Department of Social and Economic Geography|
|Popular science abstract Swedish||Avhandlingen analyserar sentida urbana förändringar ur perspektivet kampen om rummet, här kallat 'space wars'. Fokus är på investeringsflöden inom den kommersiella fastighetsmarknaden, förändringar inom urbanpolitik, förändring inom stadens socialgeografi, och relationer mellan dessa tre aspekter. Empiriskt bygger avhandlingen på studier av data rörande utländska investeringar, arkivstudier, intervjuer med nyckelpersoner och deltagande observationer i Köpenhamn, Lisbon och New York. Avhandlingen ger inblick i den 'glokala' logiken bakom urban imperialism och dess tendens mot ojämn utveckling -- grundläggande krafter som formar städer på tjugohundratalet.|
The dissertation analyzes recent urban transformations through the lens of space wars. The main focus is on investment flows in the commercial property market, changes in urban governance and changes in social geography, and how these three aspects are related. Drawing on cross border investment data, archive studies, interviews with key actors and street walking experiences in Copenhagen, Lisbon and New York, the book offers insight into the ?glocal? logic of urban imperialism and its tendency towards uneven development ? fundamental forces that shape our cities in the 21st century.
In Chapter One, I introduce the concepts of space wars and the new urban imperialism and present the research questions and methodological considerations. Chapter Two analyzes processes of globalization in property markets through an empirical investigation into the commercial property market of Copenhagen. Globalization of property markets is defined, a framework for analysis is presented and methodological problems are reported. The chapter aims to improve our understanding of globalization in the sphere of immobile property, and to show to what extent globalization (in this limited sense) has occurred in Copenhagen. In Chapter Three I analyze linkages between rescaling of commercial property markets and changes in urban governance in Lisbon. The chapter aims to further advance understanding of globalization in the sphere of immobile property, and its relation with shifts in urban governance. Cautious comparisons with Copenhagen are made. Chapter Four expands the analysis of Copenhagen as a globalizing city. Through the optic of the imagineering of Copenhagen as ?creative city? ? part of Copenhagen's competition with other cities ? relations between globalization, urban governance and social geography are analyzed. The chapter problematizes what on the surface seems to be an unequivocally positive quality (?creative?) and goal (?creativity?). Chapter Five employs the concept of the global-local nexus of space wars, forging links between highly localized processes of urban transformation, competition between cities and global movements of capital and people. It shows how mental and material boundaries as well as ethnicity and class are central elements in space wars. Through the example of Sydhavn, a rapidly changing part of Copenhagen, the chapter aims to illustrate how processes of material and social construction and transformation of urban space constitute urban space wars, engaging actors at all scales.
The Epilogue serves as a supplement to my short film ?Space wars: a street level odyssey through the centre of the American empire ? New York City?. The film offers a street level voyage through the urban topography of New York, centre of the American empire, showing how the rhythms of vagabond capitalism manifest themselves as space wars. At first glance, every day in the city seems an original performance, but underneath the surface, we find a myriad of rhythms that reveal traces of millennia of human cultures and histories. In urban centers throughout the globe we can observe contemporary modern society and the materialized topographies of different modes of time-space production. The film seeks to direct attention to, and stimulate discussion on issues of space wars at different scales and in different contexts.
|Keywords||Social sciences, walking in the city, social change, Samhällsvetenskaper, new urban imperialism, urban governance, film, globalization, Space wars|
|Part of||The new urban imperialism: Space wars, urbicide and the urban tango of Vagabond Capitalism|
|Part of||New urban imperialism: Space wars, urbicide and the urban tango of Vagabond Capitalism|
|Part of||Space wars and neoliberalism in the city|
|Earlier version||Creative Copenhagen : Globalization, urban governance and social change|
|Part of||Globalization of a commercial property market : the case of Copenhagen|
|Earlier version||Rescaling of the commercial property market and changing urban governance in Lisbon|
|Part of||Urban space wars in 'wonderful' Copenhagen: uneven development in the age of vagabond capitalism|
|Later version||Walking through a liquid forest of symbols|
|Earlier version||Urban space wars in 'wonderful' Copenhagen: uneven development in the age of vagabond capitalism|