Social Production of Urban Periphery/ High-rise Suburbia: Our Panel in Leeds @ the RC21 Conference

The discussion of segregation and social exclusion in urban and suburban residential areas is a traditional subject in urban studies. These issues, however, may have a different meaning for the urbanization on the fringes, the new residential areas emerging on the edges of the cities. The characteristics of these areas vary in different regions of the world: in the North America scholars speak of (post)suburbia and edge cities (Garreau 1991), whereas in Western Europe the process of merging urban regions seems to be more significant (Bontje and Burdack 2005). Post-socialist cities of Eastern Europe experience the third path: high-rise suburbia, development-led (Golubchikov and Phelps 2011) dense urbanization of previously rural or buffer zones on the city edges emerges as a response to the high demand for housing and capital flows. These urban fringes are predominantly lower and middle middle-class housing developments. The diversity and complexity of urban peripheries worldwide raise a question whether they become important centers of the urban life production: is it a place for new activism and the formulation of new demands for the right to the city, or is it a zone of increasing deprivation, and reduction of the citizens’ rights?

 This session invites papers addressing emerging urbanization on the city fringes in different regions of the world and focusing on the following questions:

  • What are the social features of the fringe urbanization? What is its role in social class and social space production?
  • How do people’s housing strategies and decisions interact with other actors: policy decisions and developers’ plans?
  • How do the infrastructure and planning characteristics of high-rise suburban housing developments contribute to their social development and/or potential marginalization and segregation?
  • How do these living environments (and their intensive digitization) affect social capital, solidarity, and civic life of the residents?


Anna Zhelnina, CUNY Graduate Center

Oksana Zaporozhets, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

There Are Many Ways to Map Election Results – NYT

A great overview of how to visualize election results from the NYT


Saint Petersburg, Russia Housing Prices

Price Levels for 2-bedroom apartments and Spatial Clusters in St Petersburg, Russia


Spatial Clusters and Prices

Where the population of Europe is growing – and where it’s declining

Berliner Morgenpost:

“Where is the population of Europe actually growing and where is it declining? This map provides a picture of unprecedented detail, showing population growth in 119,406 municipalities from 43 European countries (including Turkey). The application uses data from the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) which published its analysis in June 2015 together with a map.

The Berliner Morgenpost has now presented this data in an interactive format – with data for each individual municipality as well as snapshot analyses. The map is coloured according to the average annual population growth between 2001 and 2011 (the most current common data set for all countries).”

Credits and data: BBSR, Berliner Morgenpost Interactive Team, Gfk Geomarketing, UK Data Service, Eurostat, © OpenStreetMap contributors, Mapbox

From Ireland to Germany to Italy to Mexico: How America’s Source of Immigrants Has Changed in the States, 1850 to 2013

Source:PEW RESEARCH CENTER, “Top country of origin by state and year”

Estimates for the countries of origin come from Pew Research Center tabulations of the 1920 decennial census. Total population and foreign-born population estimates come from the U.S. Census Bureau, “Statistics on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 1850-2000.”

Where We’re From interactive map


The Where We’re From interactive app tracks migrants around the world.  Its endlessly fascinating to explore where we’re from. The underlying data for the map was published by the World Bank in 2010.





The Racial Dot Map

“This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. The map displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual’s race and ethnicity. The map is presented in both black and white and full color versions. In the color version, each dot is color-coded by race. ”

The Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia

On Broadway – an interactive project

On Broadway

The interactive installation On Broadway represents life in the 21st century city through a compilation of images and data collected along the 13 miles of Broadway that span Manhattan.

The result is a new type of city view, created from the activities of hundreds of thousands of people.

A project by Daniel Goddemeyer, Moritz Stefaner, Dominikus Baur, and Lev Manovich.

Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City

Mapping Decline

“This web project accompanies the book Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (PennPress, 2008). It presents four interactive series of maps, each touching on a major theme developed in the book. After you hit the “go to maps” button, these series will appear as four tabs. Each series is animated by a chronological slidebar, or a menu of map layers. Each series also includes a selection of documents, linked from the maps or the accompanying text boxes. These can also be found on the “documents” page. Further details about the data and images can be found at “about the maps” (both in menu at upper right). Additional interactive maps are available through Harvard Worldmap.”


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