Competition: win a copy of Radical Cities
by Justin McGuirk

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Radical Cities

Competition: we've teamed up with publisher Verso to give away five copies of Radical Cities, the new book by curator, critic and Dezeen columnist Justin McGuirk.

Radical Cities sees McGuirk journey across Latin America to meet architects, activists and politicians, to find out how cities are evolving in countries including Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Argentina.

Radical Cities

"Here, in the most urbanised continent on the planet, extreme cities have bred extreme conditions – from vast housing estates to sprawling slums," it reads.

"But after decades of social and political failure, a new generation has revitalised architecture and urban design in order to address persistent poverty and inequality."

Radical Cities

During the trip the author visited a social housing development in Chile, where residents have been able to customise their homes, and also stopped off in Colombia to see how Medellín – formerly the world's murder capital – has been transformed by innovative public architecture.

Radical Cities

The book also features the notorious Torre David office tower in Caracas that has been taken over by squatters, which featured in McGuirk's Golden Lion-winning research project with Urban-Think Tank.

Radical Cities

US designer Neil Donnelly created the book's cover, which shows staggered versions of the title in Latin America's main languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

"Once the image is removed, the typography below is revealed to have its own unexpected architecture," Verso Art Director Andy Pressman told Dezeen. "Reading the title at that scale feels similar to experiencing a dramatic public space."

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Radical Cities also comes a with a short jacket featuring photography by Iwan Baan.

It is available in hardback for £12.59 or as an Ebook for £8.99, and includes 30 photographs over 228 pages.

Competition closes on 31 July 2014. Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners' names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeen Mail newsletter and at the top of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.