Interstitial EP020

New Urban Spaces
by Neil Brenner

The full complexity of urbanization cannot be understood just by looking at cities. What happens if we embed the urban within a broader hierarchy of interconnected scales? asks urban theorist Neil Brenner.



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New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question
Neil Brenner
Oxford University Press
July 2019

Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University. His writing and teaching focus on the theoretical, conceptual and methodological dimensions of urban questions. Brenner has made influential contributions to scholarly debates on critical urban theory, the critique of capitalist urbanization, urban restructuring, state space, the political economy of rescaling, variegated neoliberalization and planetary urbanization. His previous books include Critique of Urbanization: Selected Essays; Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (editor); and New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood. Brenner directs the Urban Theory Lab at the Harvard GSD (, a platform for teaching and research on emergent patterns and pathways of urban transformation under contemporary capitalism. He dialogues regularly with diverse academic, professional and activist constituencies concerned to imagine and to construct more socially just, radically democratic and ecologically sane forms of urban life. After July 2020, Brenner will be moving to the University of Chicago, where he will serve as Professor of Sociology and direct the newly founded Urban Theory Lab-Chicago.

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