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Density assemblages: intensity and the city in a global urban age

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Project "DenCity" data sheet

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Organization address
city: DURHAM
postcode: DH1 3LE

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙344˙681 €
 EC max contribution 1˙344˙681 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM UK (DURHAM) coordinator 1˙344˙681.00


 Project objective

DenCity offers a new approach for understanding density and its relationship to the city. Density is a defining feature of the city and urban life. Across the world, density is now at the centre of policy and planning agendas to build cities that are environmentally, economically, socially and politically ‘sustainable’. While there is a lively tradition of research on density in the city, we lack an understanding of the different ways in which high densities are lived and perceived by residents. Existing research provides rich resources for how we might define and represent density, how we might arrive at optimum numbers of people in a given area, and how capitalism builds or reduces densities within and between places globally. However, we lack an understanding of how high density – what I call intensity – is understood and experienced by different urban inhabitants, and the implications for how we understand the contemporary city. Developing a ‘density assemblage’ approach, I propose to examine the ways in which residents differently know and relate to intensity, including how it comes to matter, for good or ill. I do so by examining different cases of intensity in the Asian city, from travel and transport hubs, and slums to rooftops. While the 20th century witnessed a general global decrease of urban density in favour of urban sprawl, many Asian cities continue to densify. Asia is the densest and most urbanized part of the planet, and the trend is predicted to continue. I will examine some of the highest densities in the world, including in Hong Kong, Mumbai, Manila, Dhaka, and Tokyo. The different ways in which intensity becomes known and comes to matter for residents will be a vital challenge for understanding life in the urban 21st century, and for how we understand the city.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Hung-Ying Chen, Lachlan Barber
CityPsyche—Hong Kong
published pages: 1-13, ISSN: 1470-3629, DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2020.1739431
City 5 times per year 2020-04-04
2020 Colin McFarlane
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 1470-3629, DOI: 10.1080/13604813.2020.1739911
City 5 per year 2020-04-04

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