The first issue [Free Access] of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies [It’s Official]

Very happy to announce that…

the long awaited first issue of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is now posted on Intellect’s website! click here to see its contents, [and remember to have your library subscribe…] The contents of the first issue can be accessed free of charge here.

Thanks to all who have made this possible — and particularly to the crew at Intellect, the JUCS editorial board & numerous external peer reviewers, (it does take a village), but most of all thanks go to the authors whose interdisciplinary humanities-social science work has made this all so worthwhile.

Issue 1.2 will be on the way soon enough!


Women, Walking, Crowds and Capitalism: Modernity depicted through art in nineteenth century Paris

Michelle La

This piece was written for VIS18 – Historical Issues in Art and Design, analysing the depiction of modernity in French Impressionism. Images used in the essay have been replaced with hyperlinks to the relevant image.

Commencing in 1852, the city of Paris with its fast increasing population of almost 1.5 million people, underwent a substantial rebuilding process, which transformed the disorganised medieval capital into a modern urban city  (Kleiner 2010, Gandy 1999). The rebuilding authorised by Napoleon III and overseen by Georges Haussmann, saw the demolition of thousands of buildings to pave the way for wider roads, new water and sewerage systems, street lighting and modern buildings (Kleiner 2010). This large-scale reconstruction can be referred to as “Haussmanization” and it resulted in a new urban and social landscape for Paris and its inhabitants (Gandy 1999). The new urbanisation combined with the focus in art on Realism manifested itself into Impressionist…

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Niemeyer: the future is LUMPY

Short review of the evolving Caminho Niemeyer in Niteroi, Brazil. The key idea is the tension between the modernist form of the buildings, and the execution.



I’m standing in the middle of the Caminho Nimeyer in Niteroí, just outside Rio de Janeiro. The Caminho is one of the architect’s last big projects, and remains unfinished. It’s a great concrete parade ground on the waterfront overlooking Rio, punctuated with (so far) three buildings that are unmistakably Niemeyer’s: a theatre with an undulating roof and angled walls; a small dome set at ground level, and a larger one with a serpentine ramp leading to an entrance above ground. All could have been built at any point since 1945. The theatre revisits the iconic chapel at Pampulha. The domes are Brasília. The ramps nod to the celebrated Museu de Arte Contemporânea a mile down the road. There are a couple of other less spectacular elements: a pretty gatehouse that could have been done by Richard Neutra in 30s Hollywood. And there’s a little information centre in black glass, a…

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