1st Edition

Social Media and the Contemporary City

    188 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The widespread adoption of smartphones has led to an explosion of mobile social media data, more than a billion messages per day that continuously track location, content, and time. Social Media in the Contemporary City focuses on the effects of social media on local communities and urban space in a variety of political and economic settings related to social activism, informal economic activity, public art, and global extremism.

    The book covers events ranging from Banksy art installations, mobile food trucks, and underground restaurants, to a Black Lives Matter protest, the Christchurch mosque shootings, and the Pulse nightclub shooting. The interplay between urban space, local community, and social media in each case study requires diverse methodologies that are both computational (i.e. machine learning, social network analysis, and natural language processing) and ethnographic (i.e. semi-structured interviews, thematic analysis, and site analysis). The book views social media not as a replacement for the local community or urban space but rather as a translation of the uses and meanings of all three realms.

    The book will be of interest to students, researchers, and instructors in a number of disciplines including urban design/planning, media studies, geography, and communications.


    List of Illustrations


    Chapter One Introduction

    Chapter Two Methodology

    Part 1 Protests

    Chapter Three Black Lives Matter

    Chapter Four Honk Kong

    Chapter Five Women’s March

    Part 2 Commerce

    Chapter Six Mobile Food Trucks

    Chapter Seven Iranian Venders (with Guest Author Neda Kardooni)

    Chapter Eight Underground Restaurants

    Part 3 Art & Culture

    Chapter Nine Banksy

    Chapter Ten Burning Man

    Part 4 Extremism

    Chapter Eleven Christchurch

    Chapter Twelve Pulse Nightclub

    Chapter Thirteen Conclusion 



    Eric Sauda is a professor of architecture and an adjunct faculty at the Charlotte Vis Center and the School of Data Science UNC Charlotte. His research interests include interactive environments, digitally augmented performance, and social media in architecture and urban settings. Professor Sauda’s work has been published in the Journal of Architecture Education, Journal of American Planning Association, New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture, and Planning Support Science for Smarter Urban Futures.

    Ginette Wessel is an assistant professor of architecture at Roger Williams University. Her primary research interests include contemporary issues of urban development, with an emphasis on social equity, sustainability, and communication technology. Dr. Wessel’s research has been published in The MIT Press, Journal of American Planning Association, New Media & Society, Journal of Urban Design, and Participatory Urbanisms.

    Alireza Karduni is a postdoctoral scholar at Northwestern University’s Department of Computer Science. His research connects human computer interaction and computational social sciences. He studies how people interact with social media data under uncertainty. Dr. Karduni’s work has been published across multiple disciplines, in venues such as Transactions in Visualizations and Computer Graphics, Journal of American Planning Association, and Social Media + Society.