Volume 42  Issue 5  September 2018

Reflections on the Print Issue

In this, my final IJURR editorial, after six years as co-editor, I want to reflect briefly on some of the trends underway within the pages of the journal and more widely within urban research and academic publishing. It is fair to say that almost all our published papers are now to a greater or lesser degree interdisciplinary: most of the key themes and debates in the pages of IJURR speak to several fields of work. Our strongest papers raise epistemological or philosophical themes that transcend current understandings of the urban and open up new sets of questions of potentially lasting significance. In working with our authors we try to ensure that each paper is designed and copy edited to produce a high quality cultural artefact that will interest as wide an international readership as possible. Our editors and reviewers often request careful reflection over the precise choice of words and the rationale for deploying particular conceptual vantage points. We encourage authors to achieve greater originality in their mode of scholarly exposition and to articulate the wider implications of their argument. Our editorial board, which meets once a year, not only reviews the progress of the journal and its effectiveness in responding to key academic developments but also continues to address strategic challenges in the world of academic publishing. It is no secret that the journal is under pressure to become a purely digital publication but I hope that our commitment to producing printed issues will continue for as long as possible and that leafing through an individual copy, with its varied juxtapositions of academic work, can spark intellectual curiosity and serve as a serendipitous inspiration for new ideas.

— Matthew Gandy


San Francisco Through Bogotá’s Eyes: Leveraging Urban Policy Change Through the Circulation of Media Objects

Machinic Assemblages of Publicness

Assemblages of Urban Leisure Culture in Inner‐City Bucharest

Weeds, Pheasants and Wild Dogs: Resituating the Ecological Paradigm in Postindustrial Detroit

Producing Localized Commodity Frontiers at the End of Cheap Nature: An Analysis of Eco‐scalar Carbon Fixes and their Consequences

Low‐Carbon Gentrification: When Climate Change Encounters Residential Displacement

Linear Parks and the Political Ecologies of Permeability: Environmental displacement in São Paulo, Brazil

Coastal Urban Planning in The ‘Green Republic’: Tourism Development and the Nature–Infrastructure Paradox in Costa Rica

Governing ‘Sustainable Urban Development’ Through Self‐Build Groups and Co‐Housing: The Cases of Hamburg and Gothenburg

Metropolitan Strategies and Climate Governance: Towards New Evaluative Approaches

Book Reviews

Robert A. Beauregard 2018: Cities in the Urban Age: A Dissent. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Willem Salet 2018: Public Norms and Aspirations: The Turn to Institutions in Action. New York and London: Routledge–RTPI Library Series

Andrea Fischer‐Tahir and Sophie Wagenhofer (eds.) 2017: Disciplinary Spaces: Spatial Control, Forced Assimilation and Narratives of Progress since the 19th Century. Bielefeld: Transcript

Leslie Sklair 2017: The Icon Project: Architecture, Cities and Capitalist Globalization. New York: Oxford University Press

Marc Pares, Sonia M. Ospina and Joan Subirats 2017: Social Innovation and Democratic Leadership: Communities and Social Change from Below. Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar

Dallas Rogers 2017: The Geopolitics of Real Estate: Reconfiguring Property, Capital and Rights. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield

Jesse Goldstein 2018: Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press

Richard Walkers 2018: Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Oakland, CA: PM Press