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The Cultural Infrastructure of Cities

Author/EditorBain, Professor Alison L. (York Universi (Author)
Podmore, Professor Julie A. (Concordia U (Author)
Publisher: Agenda Publishing
ISBN: 9781788214926
Pub Date07/08/2023
BindingPaperback
Pages304
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w) * 22(d)
This collection of essays offers a fresh perspective on infrastructure, inviting readers to (re)consider the ways that culture is produced and expressed within cities by examining the geographies of its spaces, venues, performances and embodiments.
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Cities are synonymous with the production and consumption of culture. It is their material and human cultural infrastructure that also makes them archives and works of art. The Cultural Infrastructure of Cities critically re-examines the relationship between the urban and its cultures. It expands our understanding of the concept of urban cultural infrastructure and highlights the foundational role of culture to the materiality and sociality of urban life and the governance of cities.



The book begins with a theoretical overview of the cultural and infrastructural turns in urban studies scholarship. It then explores definitions of cultural infrastructure and its "hard" and "soft" dimensions before critically considering the vulnerabilities generated in the cultural sector by the Covid-19 pandemic. Chapters are organised in four thematic sections focusing on aspects of producing, performing, consuming and collecting culture, which feature detailed case studies from 17 cities across the global North and South.



This book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of urban studies, but also to policy-makers planning and creating cultural infrastructures as well as those working in cultural institutions and creative industries.

Cities are synonymous with the production and consumption of culture. It is their material and human cultural infrastructure that also makes them archives and works of art. The Cultural Infrastructure of Cities critically re-examines the relationship between the urban and its cultures. It expands our understanding of the concept of urban cultural infrastructure and highlights the foundational role of culture to the materiality and sociality of urban life and the governance of cities.



The book begins with a theoretical overview of the cultural and infrastructural turns in urban studies scholarship. It then explores definitions of cultural infrastructure and its "hard" and "soft" dimensions before critically considering the vulnerabilities generated in the cultural sector by the Covid-19 pandemic. Chapters are organised in four thematic sections focusing on aspects of producing, performing, consuming and collecting culture, which feature detailed case studies from 17 cities across the global North and South.



This book will be of interest not only to students and scholars of urban studies, but also to policy-makers planning and creating cultural infrastructures as well as those working in cultural institutions and creative industries.

Alison L. Bain is Professor of Geography in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Ontario. She is co-editor of Urbanization in a Global Context (second edition 2022) and author of Creative Margins: Cultural Production in Canadian Suburbs (2013). Julie A. Podmore is Affiliate Assistant Professor in Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University, Montreal and Professor in Geosciences at John Abbott College, Montreal. She is the coeditor of Lesbian Feminism: Essays Opposing Global Heteropatriarchies (2019).

1. Introduction: configuring urban cultural infrastructure Alison Bain and Julie Podmore Part I: Producing culture 2. Clustering cultural infrastructure in districts Alison Bain 3. The relational infrastructure of Open Creative Labs Suntje Schmidt 4. Affordable studio space as cultural infrastructure: land trusts and the future of creative cities Rhian Scott, Luke Dickens and Phil Hubbard Part II: Performing culture 5. The infrastructural politics of post-pandemic theatrical performance Megan A. Johnson and Marlis Schweitzer 6. The performative contingency of cultural infrastructure Jessie Stein 7. Embodying cultural infrastructure in Carnival Martha Radice 8. Youthful city-making through peripheral cultural infrastructure Antonio Moya-Latorre Part III: Consuming culture 9. Hawker culture and its infrastructure: experiences and contestations in everyday life Lily Kong and Aidan Wong 10. Aestheticizing hipster retail infrastructure: from Neapolitan to cosmopolitan Bryan Mark 11. Crafting alternative urban fashion infrastructure in a digital and pandemic age Taylor Brydges, Deborah Leslie and Norma Rantisi 12. Embodying arts festivals as infrastructural transformation of places Bernadette Quinn Part IV: Collecting culture 13. Infrastructuring museums Friederike Landau-Donnelly 14. Becoming socio-cultural infrastructure: librarizing practices in public libraries Rianne van Melik 15. Queer counter-topographies: LGBTQ+ community archives as urban cultural infrastructure Julie Podmore 16. Conclusion: Reconfiguring urban cultural infrastructure Alison Bain, Julie Podmore and Chan Arun-Pina

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