Cities are living and breathing organisms. They are shaped by ever-fluctuating populations and changing infrastructures, by old enterprises disappearing and new ventures popping up. This issue explores how politics, people and history can affect the urban environment.
Lidja Haas laments the loss of London’s red light districts, as Owen Hatherley rails against the banality of 21st century cityscapes. Is Khartoum Sudan’s parasitic city? Asks Nesrine Malik, while Maria Dimitrova celebrates China’s new urban generation of filmmakers. Elsewhere, the works of Wolfgang Breuer, Klara Liden and Dena Yago are explored and Tank talks to Novara Media, the organisation providing a radical alternative to the mainstream media.