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Border Urbanism

Transdisciplinary Perspectives

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  • Discusses various forms of borders covering key cities in the political debate
  • Presents a highly topical book on urbanism
  • Provides strong focus on separation, demarcation, segregation, and conflicts

Part of the book series: The Urban Book Series (UBS)

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Border Urbanism presents a global array of authors’ research that tackles the perception, interpretation, and nature of borders from a transdisciplinary perspective. The authors examine ways in which borders attempt to define socially, economically, politically, and historically incompatible systems, from micro neighbourhoods to global macro territories, and how this blurs urban order that results in an absence of cohesion. Their analysis of contextual worldwide settings considers the unique issues and the broad scope of forces that shape borders and separate socioeconomic, political, cultural, and historical polarities.

The authors consider ways in which the resulting urban border conditions determine the mobility of goods, resources, and people and how these delineations define relationships that influence geopolitical relationships, socioeconomic transactions, and people’s lives at multiple levels. They address the temporal issues defined by a variety of unique urban conditions that result from these lateral thresholds. Each chapter contributes to a critical discourse of the subject of border urbanism and the phenomenon created by separation, demarcation, and segregation as well as by conflict and coexistence.

The transdisciplinary approach of Border Urbanism ensures that it will be of interest to individuals across a spectrum of professions and disciplines. Professionals such as urban planners, designers, architects, developers, and civil and environmental engineers and students of these disciplines will be particularly interested as will allied professionals and those not traditionally associated with urbanism; these include artists, sociologists, historians, lawyers, politicians, and civic and government leaders. The authors’ global perspectives, combined with their expertise in environmental, historical, cultural, social, political, and geographic areas, will appeal to anyone interested in border urbanism and its intersection with these areas.

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Background to the Book

  2. Political Boundaries and Spatial Segregation

  3. Polarised Borders Cities


​"Unique, nuanced insights from a diverse range of regions and views that explore how borders can be beneficial by providing security and identity yet detrimental by creating imbalance and displacement." (Dr. Emily Talen, Professor of Urbanism, The Urbanism Lab, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

"Vital and timely research addressing border issues in a dynamic world order. Its analysis of fragile habitats in volatile socio-political times outlines means to support those disadvantaged by border conflicts." (Dr. Igea Troiani, Head of Division for Architecture, London South Bank University, London, UK)

"These thoughtful investigations search for interpretations, understandings, and truths that define the essence of society and territoriality. The book is an important, critical work articulating both the present and future." (Dr. Simon Atkinson, Mike Hogg Centennial Professor, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin,Austin, Texas, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK

    Quazi Mahtab Zaman

  • Université Laval, Québec, Canada

    Greg G. Hall

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