Current Research

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.

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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.