The Urban Affairs Association 2020 is still happening here at CUP. We’re beginning the tour of our booth with this giveaway!

To enter our drawing, complete all required fields in the form at the bottom of this post by midnight on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020. 

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The Work of Smart Cities

Jennifer Clark

Written by one of the world’s foremost experts, Uneven Innovation is a must-have book for everyone interested in the potential and the pitfalls of the smart cities narrative. It provides both a critical review of the main debates surrounding smart cities and thought-provoking insights into future research and policy agendas.

~Ben Derudder, Ghent University

Jennifer Clark reframes the smart-city concept within the trajectory of uneven development of cities and regions, as well as the long history of technocratic solutions to urban-policy challenges. She considers the potential of emerging technologies and as their capacity to exacerbate existing inequalities and even produce new ones.

How Racism and the Conservative Movement Crush the American Rust Belt

Jason Hackworth

Manufacturing Decline is a sobering yet essential read for anyone who is interested in the fate of America’s inner cities. This recovery of the politics behind—and, indeed, that created—the devastating decline of key cities such as Detroit is deeply unsettling but ultimately uplifting. 

~Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

This work argues that antigovernment conservatives capitalized on—and perpetuated—Rust Belt cities’ misfortunes by stoking racial resentment. Jason Hackworth traces how the conservative movement has used the imagery and ideas of urban decline since the 1970s to advance its cause.

The Contested Origins of Urban Government, 1890–1930

Ariane Liazos

This well-researched volume offers an important new perspective on an era of grassroots democratic reform that is highly relevant to our urgent social, political, and economic crises today, including a useful focus on unexpected alliances, unintended consequences, and lost opportunities.

~Robert D. Putnam, author of The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again

Ariane Liazos examines the urban reform movement that swept through the country in the early twentieth century and its unintended consequences. Reforming the City offers powerful insights into the relationships between scholarship and reform and between the structures of city government and urban democracy.

Edited by Frederick Steiner, Richard Weller, Karen M’Closkey, and Billy Fleming

This exceptional book presents the enduring wisdom of Ian McHarg to a new generation. His insights, freshly interpreted in the pages of landscape designs and drawings, give me hope for the future of our planet.

~Bruce Babbitt, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

In 1969, Ian McHarg’s seminal book Design with Nature set forth a new vision for regional planning using natural systems. To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, a team of landscape architects and planners from PennDesign have showcased some of the most advanced ecological design projects in the world today.

Edited by Laura Kurgan and Dare Brawley

Ways of Knowing Cities considers the role of technology in generating, materializing, and contesting urban epistemologies—from ubiquitous sites of “smart” urbanism to discrete struggles over infrastructural governance to forgotten histories of segregation now naturalized in urban algorithms to exceptional territories of border policing.

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