Reclaiming the city from an urban vitalism perspective: critically reflecting smart, inclusive, resilient and sustainable just city labels

José Nederhand*, Flor Avelino, Isabel Awad, Petra De Jong, Michael Duijn, Jurian Edelenbos, Jiska Engelbert, Jan Fransen, Maria Schiller, Naomi Van Stapele

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Abstract

This article analyses four of the most prominent city discourses and introduces the lens of urban vitalism as an overarching interdisciplinary concept of cities as places of transformation and change. We demonstrate the value of using urban vitalism as a lens to conceptualize and critically discuss different notions on smart, inclusive, resilient and sustainable just cities. Urban vitalism offers a process-based lens which enables us to understand cities as places of transformation and change, with people and other living beings at its core. The aim of the article is to explore how the lens of vitalism can help us understand and connect ongoing interdisciplinary academic debates about urban development and vice versa, and how these ongoing debates inform our understanding of urban vitalism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104257
JournalCities
Volume137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

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This research was funded by the Erasmus University Initiative “Vital Cities and Citizens”.

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