ASB 442 Urban Anthro, SBS460 Urban Studies, SOC 332 Modern City
Prof Kristin Koptiuch, ASU at the West Campus, Phoenix
1) Mike Davis, Planet of Slums, Verso 2006
2) Mike Davis & Daniel Bertrand Monk, eds. Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism. New Press 2007
3) Tsung-Yi Michelle Huang, Walking Between Slums & Skyscrapers: Illusions of Open Space in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai. Hong Kong University Press 2004
Traveler IQ Fun game to test/improve geographical knowledge
Virtual Global Cities Project
Take a virtual tour through a selection of global cities in these web portfolios. Two analytical dimensions focus our critical lens: vernacular and transnational urbanism (in architecture, markets, consumer products, jobs, ads, ways of living, cultural practices, etc). Cross-cutting these, two increasingly prevalent spatial dimensions draw our attention within the built environment and social/cultural flows of global cities: slums and "evil paradises" (or, dreamworlds of neoliberalism). By adopting virtual strategies of walking-in-the-city , we situate ourselves as transnational flâneurs tacking between the slums and skyscrapers of global cities. Our primary readings, listed in the left column, inspired these interpretive strategies.
Each Virtual Global Cities project is dedicated to a particular world city, and integrates virtual ethnographic documentation, visual images, scholarly literature annotations, with critical interpretive analysis to guide the user.
Undergraduate students majoring in many different fields created these web portfolios. We make no claim to be expert urbanists. But in doing this collaborative project, we discovered that our comparative look through the analytical lens described here offers some astounding insights about global cities.