Through an examination of the changing built environments of cities, I explore the interwoven social, cultural, political, and economic contexts of urban (re)development, particularly in the context of post-industrial urban spaces and sites of contested urban heritage. These interests have manifested in a number of discrete but overlapping projects in a variety of geographical contexts. In reality, many of my research projects converge with creative practice, but this section is for work that is primarily textual and academic in nature.
The City Below: Spaces of Infrastructure and the Postindustrial Imaginary
Drawing in my PhD research, I am currently working on a book which explores the enduring role that Victorian elevated railways play in the postindustrial transformation of Manchester and London, England.
Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park
In 2017, I published the book Deconstructing the High Line Rutgers University Press), co-edited with Christoph Lindner of the University of Oregon. This book is a collection of critical essays exploring the local and global impact of New York City's high-profile new elevated park.
The Contested Heritage of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain
In collaboration with Spanish geographer Jaime Jover Báez, I am exploring contemporary conflicts surrounding the historical narration and ownership of the oldest continuously-occupied building in Spain.