Journal Article Report (20%)
Please select one of the following articles – each is a central reading for one of the nine thematic
sessions – and read it in detail. In no more than 1000 words write a critical appraisal 1
of the arguments
1000 critical report on a journal article (20%) handed in by Friday 30th April at 1200
Session 1: Schmid, C. (2018) ‘Journeys through planetary urbanization: Decentering perspectives
on the urban’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36(3), 591-610.
Session 2: Smith, H., (2019) ‘Metrics, locations, and lift: mobile location analytics and the
production of second-order geodemographics’, Information, Communication & Society, 22(8), pp.1044-
Session 3: Atkinson R (2019) ‘Necrotecture: Lifeless Dwellings and London’s Super-Rich,’
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 43(1): 2-13.
Session 4: Kitchin, R. (2014) ‘The real-time city? Big data and smart urbanism’, GeoJournal, 79(1):
Session 5: Dinardi C. (2017) ‘Cities for sale: Contesting city branding and cultural policies in
Buenos Aires’, Urban Studies, 54(1):85-101.
Session 6: Buffel, T. and Phillipson, C. (2016) ‘Can global cities be ‘age-friendly cities’? Urban
development and ageing populations’, Cities, 55: 94-100.
Session 7: Webb, D. (2017) ‘Tactical Urbanism: Delineating a Critical Praxis’, Planning Theory &
Practice, 19 (1) 58-73.
Session 8: Harris, A. (2015) ‘Vertical urbanisms: Opening up geographies of the three-dimensional
city’, Progress in Human Geography, 39(5), 601-620.
Session 9: Fawaz, M., Harb, M., & Gharbieh, A. (2012) ‘Living Beirut’s security zones: An
investigation of the modalities and practice of urban security’, City & Society, 24(2), 173-195.
1 …the process of carefully and systematically assessing the outcome of scientific research (evidence) to judge its
trustworthiness, value and relevance in a particular context.
3000-word essay handed in by Tuesday 1st June at 1200
Please select one of the following essay questions to answer in no more than 3000 words. Select a
question from a different session to that selected for the critical report. Essays that are able to
draw upon material from across more than one session are strongly encouraged. Please format and
reference the essay as detailed here: https://libguides.ncl.ac.uk/managing/harvard.
Session 1: Drawing on evidence and examples, outline some of the challenges involved in
understanding global urbanization processes.
Session 2: Critically evaluate the argument that geodemographic classifications are not only
sociologically important phenomena but have also recently come to represent an important
example of software-mediated recursive urban ontology.
Session 3: London ‘is a city increasingly for money, not for people’ (Rowland Atkinson (2020)
Alpha City (London: Verso), pp. 9). Discuss.
Session 4: CREATIVE WRITING/SPECULATIVE FICTION OPTION. Take a look at
some of the 38 chapters in this innovative open access book on what cities would be like if run by
Write a similar contribution on what cities may look like due to a global pandemic. Speculate on
urban design, public space, mobility or architecture (eg ventilation) AND some form of “smart”
Session 5: Describe in your own words how place-branding and place-marketing strategies effect
cities? In answering this question, you should evaluate both the positive and negative effects of
place-branding and place-marketing on local communities, buildings, and new forms of
infrastructure. You might want to look at the role of government officials, developers, planners,
architects, ‘creatives’ and artists in the production of urban branding strategies.
Session 6: There is evidence that current age-friendly projects tend to assimilate rather than
contest various forms of discrimination within society. In the Global North, for example, the agefriendly brand has been adopted in various guises in many (mainly) White communities, but it is
much less evident among Black and minority ethnic groups. However, it is precisely those groups
who are living among the most disadvantaged and least age-friendly communities. Discuss how
the age friendly city movement can acknowledge social and ethnic diversity and work to address
Session 7: How can planners and urban designers working either in public or private sectors, help
support and grow DIY & tactical urbanism initiatives, so that more inclusive and people-friendly
urban environments are created?
Session 8: Illustrating your discussion with examples, outline how a three-dimensional starting
point, seeing cities as volumes, helps to analyse contemporary urban problems.
Session 9: In what ways are urban security questions also, inevitably, political questions to do with
Type Of Service: Academic paper writing
Type Of assignment: Essay
Number of sources: 10
Academic Level: Undergraduate
Paper Format: Harvard
Line Spacing: Single
Language style: UK English