1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Media and the City

Edited By Erica Stein, Germaine R. Halegoua, Brendan Kredell Copyright 2022
    424 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Bringing together leading scholars from around the world and across scholarly disciplines, this collection of 32 original chapters provides a comprehensive exploration of the relationships between cities and media.

    The volume showcases diverse methods for studying media and the city and posits "media urbanism" as an approach to the co-construction and interactions among media texts and technologies, media users, media industries, media histories, and urban space. Chapters serve as a guide to humanities-based ways of studying urban imaginaries, infrastructures and architectures, development and redevelopment, and strategies and tactics as well as a provocation toward new lines of inquiry that further explore the dense interconnectedness of media and cities. Structured thematically, the chapters are organized into four distinct sections, introduced with editorial commentary that places the chapters into conversation with each other and frames them in relation to an overarching question, problem, or method. Part I: Imaginaries and cityscapes focuses on screen representations and mediated experiences of urban space produced and consumed by various actors; Part II: Architectures and infrastructures highlights the different ways in which built environments and socio-technical substrates that sustain differential mobilities, urban rhythms, and systems of circulation and exchange are intertwined with various forms of media and mediation; Part III: Development and redevelopment examines efforts by urban planners and designers, municipal governments, and community organizers to utilize media forms to imagine and shape the construction of the space and meaning of the city; finally, Part IV: Strategies and tactics uses categories for practices of control and resistance to investigate media and struggles for power within urban environments from surveillance and place-branding to activist media and the right to the city.

    The Routledge Companion to Media and the City provides a definitive reference for both scholars and students of urban cultures and media within the humanities.

    Erica Stein and Germaine Halegoua

    Introduction: How to Do Things with Media and the City

    Part I: Imaginaries and Cityscapes

    François Penz

    1 Cinema as Urban Modelling: Understanding Urban Phenomena through Fiction Films

    Sabine Haenni

    2 Imagining Migrants in Cities

    Lucy Fischer

    3 "The Last Time I Saw Paris": The Contemporary Parisian Omnibus Film in Context

    Myles McNutt

    4 Backlot Urbanism: The Constructed New York City of How I Met Your Mother

    James Yeku

    5 Nollywood Film Posters and Print Urbanism in Lagos

    Amanda Holmes

    6 Architectural Symbolism in Latin American Cinema

    Bradley Bereitschaft

    7 Skylines of the Mind: How City Building Games Reflect Urban Imaginations and Shape Urban Realities

    Ling Zhang

    8 Voicing New Life: Prostitute Reform and the Socialist Public Sphere in 1950s Chinese Cinema

    Will Straw

    9 Urban Labor and the Cinematic Nocturne

    Part II: Architectures and Infrastructures

    Aurora Wallace

    10 The Architecture of News Media in New York City

    Marijke DeValck and Harry van Vliet

    11 Amsterdam Film Festival City

    Helen Morgan Parmett

    12 The Sportification of Place: Governance, Mediatization, and Place-Branding through the Stadium

    Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

    13 Ambos Nogales Repair: Critical Play and the Infrastructures of the Border City

    Dave Colangelo and Zach Melzer

    14 On Emptiness: Spacing in Media Architecture

    Malini Guha

    15 Rethinking Public Projection as Traction: The Case of Imagining Publics (2019)

    Chris Lukinbeal

    16 Land Use Mapping and the Topologies of a Cinematic City: San Diego’s Backlots from 1985-2005

    Part III: Development and Redevelopment

    Merrill Schleier

    17 Masterplanning: Urban Redevelopment and the Racialization of American Urban Cinematic Space

    Joshua Gleich and Chris Lukinbeal

    18_ A Layered Landscape of Western Movie Production: Combining Geographical and Historiographical Methods at Old Tucson Studios

    Angie Chau

    19 At Home in the Metropolis: Reimagining Beijing and Shanghai in the 21st Century

    McLain Clutter

    20 The City at 42nd Street

    Sonja Dümpelmann

    21 Dreaming, Documenting, Disturbing: Independent Environmental Film in 1970s West Berlin

    Osman Nemli

    22 Screening Istanbul and the Rebelliousness of Poor Images

    Eric Gordon and Tomás Guarna

    23 Care-ful Governance in the Smart City

    Kristy H. A. Kang

    24 "City Stories": Digital Placemaking and Public History in Singapore

    Noelle Griffis

    25 "What am I Supposed to do with all These White People?": Fifty Years of Gentrification Anxiety on Screen

    Part IV: Strategies and Tactics

    Lawrence Webb

    26 Studio Urbanism

    Vicki Mayer

    27 Locational Love and Labor: Hollywood Media Production Pre- and Post-Pandemic

    Annie Sullivan

    28_Who Controls the Media: the Racial Politics of Public Interest and Local Television in Detroit

    Victor Fan

    29 From Extraterritoriality to Extratemporality: Contemporary Media and Politics in Hong Kong

    Rebekah Farrugia and Kellie D. Hay

    30  Detroit Diplomats Represent: Hip Hop, Gentrification, and the City

    Adriana de Souza e Silva and Ragan Glover-Rijkse

    31 Rethinking Micromobility as Mobilities Justice: Location-based Traffic Apps in Rio de Janeiro

    John Marshall and Cézanne Charles

    32 Not At All Evenly Distributed


    Erica Stein is Assistant Professor of Film at Vassar College. Her research focuses on the spatial politics of alternative cinemas. She is the author of Seeing Symphonically: Avant-Garde Film, Urban Planning, and the Utopian Image of New York (2021) and the co-founder of Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture.

    Germaine R. Halegoua is John D. Evans Development Professor and associate professor of Communication and Media at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the relationships between people, place, and digital media. She is the author of The Digital City (2020), Smart Cities (2020), and co-editor of Locating Emerging Media (2016).

    Brendan Kredell is Associate Professor of Film Studies and Production at Oakland University. His research and writing focus on the intersection of media and urban studies. With Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist, he co-edited the book Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice (2016) and is the co-founder of Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture.

    "This anthology brings together film scholars, geographers, designers, and urban planners to consider the mutual imbrication of media and the city. Contributors examine such disparate forms as city-building video games, local television production, documentary, hip hop, location-based apps, film festivals, and digital architecture in cities including Lagos, Paris, Detroit, and Beijing. Refracting and reframing the debate about media urbanism through topics such as immigration, race, prostitution, sports, gentrification, and protest, the book considers not only how various media imagine and produce the city but also how the city is intricately and irrevocably mediated."

    Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame, USA