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Competition: five copies of Critical Cities to be won

Dezeen and not-for-profit organisation This is Not a Gateway (TINAG) have got together to give away five copies of Critical Cities - Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists.

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The book, edited by TINAG founders Trenton Oldfield and Deepa Naik, presents writings about how people interact with their urban surroundings through art, religion, film, architecture, academia or any other discipline.

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Designed by Karolin Schnoor, the book includes contributions from Ricky Burdett, Bill Parry-Davies, Rehan Jamil, Catherine Botibol, Hilary Powell, Trenton Oldfield and Deepa Naik.

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This competition is now closed.

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Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeenmail newsletter and at the bottom of this page.

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More details from This is Not a Gateway:

New anthology on urbanism explores the complexity of our cities

Launched by urban platform, This is Not a Gateway (TINAG), Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists presents a collection of critical papers, transcripts, and visual essays by progressive urban thinkers from around the world.

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Building on the work of TINAG, the objective of Critical Cities is to open-up debate, reacting to how official discourses about urban environments have narrowed. The anthology which broadens dialogues on urbanism makes complexities of urban life explicit, acting as a platform for new and divergent ideas, practices and body of knowledge to surface.

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Commenting on the launch of the book, Deepa Naik, Coordinator of TINAG, said: “We are delighted with both the content and production values of the book. We hope Critical Cities will become an invaluable resource for readers who want to take a closer look at cities.”

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Critical Cities, supported by the Homes and Communities Academy, was published by Myrdle Court Press, an independent publishing company that advances ideas generated by emerging urbanists. The publication can be ordered directly from the publisher at

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Highlights include:

Ricky Burdett, Director of the LSE Cities programme and co-editor of The Endless City, highlights the scale, pace and immediacy of global urbanisation and argues a new generation of urban leaders are rising to meet these new challenges.

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Rehan Jamil’s visual essay, East End of Islam, documents the construction of the East London Mosque – Europe’s largest purpose built mosque. Taken over the course of a decade, the images reveal the way the Mosque takes form and how people use the building to articulate their own needs and desires in the built environment.

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Bill Parry-Davies, solicitor and founding member of the community action company OPEN, details how change on the ground can only occur when a cultural movement runs in parallel and then intersects with the field of law.

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Catherine Botibol’s paper A City in Transition: Bucharest raises critical questions about how new generations, who have not experienced the full weight of a conflictive past, are actively re-moulding the physical and collective memory of ever re-adjusting cities.

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Hilary Powell, artist, filmmaker and writer, explores how artists are involved in both documenting and questioning small-scale sites that result from large-scale policies and legally constructed urban frameworks, such as the 2012 Olympics.

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More information on Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists:

Names of contributors: Trenton Oldfield, Deepa Naik, Ricky Burdett, Bill Parry-Davies, Rehan Jamil, Catherine Botibol, Hilary Powell
Editors: This is not a gateway, Trenton Oldfield and Deepa Naik
Number of pages: 280
ISBN: 978-0-9563539-0-0
Designed by: Karolin Schnoor
Size: 211x140 mm

Congratulations to the winners! Paul Boyce in Australia, Dinora Chatzisavva in Greece, Elizabeth Rose Jackson in the USA, Mauro dell’Orco in the UK and Ryszard Piwowar in Poland each win a copy.