Bringing together leading scholars from around the world and across scholarly disciplines, this collection of 32 original chapters provides a comprehensive exploration of the relationships between cities and media.

The volume showcases diverse methods for studying media and the city and posits "media urbanism" as an approach to the co-construction and interactions among media texts and technologies, media users, media industries, media histories, and urban space. Chapters serve as a guide to humanities-based ways of studying urban imaginaries, infrastructures and architectures, development and redevelopment, and strategies and tactics as well as a provocation toward new lines of inquiry that further explore the dense interconnectedness of media and cities. Structured thematically, the chapters are organized into four distinct sections, introduced with editorial commentary that places the chapters into conversation with each other and frames them in relation to an overarching question, problem, or method. Part I: Imaginaries and cityscapes focuses on screen representations and mediated experiences of urban space produced and consumed by various actors; Part II: Architectures and infrastructures highlights the different ways in which built environments and socio-technical substrates that sustain differential mobilities, urban rhythms, and systems of circulation and exchange are intertwined with various forms of media and mediation; Part III: Development and redevelopment examines efforts by urban planners and designers, municipal governments, and community organizers to utilize media forms to imagine and shape the construction of the space and meaning of the city; finally, Part IV: Strategies and tactics uses categories for practices of control and resistance to investigate media and struggles for power within urban environments from surveillance and place-branding to activist media and the right to the city.

The Routledge Companion to Media and the City provides a definitive reference for both scholars and students of urban cultures and media within the humanities.

chapter |11 pages


How to do things with media and the city
ByErica Stein, Germaine R. Halegoua

part I|96 pages

Imaginaries and cityscapes

chapter 1|14 pages

Cinema as urban modeling

Understanding urban phenomena through fiction films
ByFrançois Penz

chapter 2|9 pages

Imagining migrants in cities

BySabine Haenni

chapter 3|9 pages

“The Last Time I Saw Paris”

The contemporary Parisian omnibus film in context
ByLucy Fischer

chapter 4|9 pages

Backlot urbanism

The constructed New York City of How I Met Your Mother
ByMyles McNutt

chapter 5|12 pages

Nollywood film posters and print urbanism in Lagos

ByJames Yékú

chapter 6|9 pages

Architectural symbolism in Latin American cinema

ByAmanda Holmes

chapter 7|12 pages

Skylines of the mind

How city building games reflect urban imaginations and shape urban realities
ByBradley Bereitschaft

chapter 8|11 pages

Voicing new life

Prostitute reform and the socialist public sphere in 1950s Chinese cinema
ByLing Zhang

chapter 9|9 pages

Urban labor and the cinematic nocturne

ByWill Straw

part II|79 pages

Architectures and infrastructures

chapter 10|9 pages

The architecture of news media in New York City

ByAurora Wallace

chapter 11|14 pages

Amsterdam film festival city

ByMarijke de Valck, Harry van Vliet

chapter 12|11 pages

The sportification of place

Governance, mediatization, and place-branding through the stadium
ByHelen Morgan Parmett

chapter 13|9 pages

Ambos Nogales Repair

Critical play and the infrastructures of the border city
ByJuan Llamas-Rodriguez

chapter 14|13 pages

On emptiness

Spacing in media architecture
ByDave Colangelo, Zach Melzer

chapter 15|11 pages

Rethinking public projection as traction

The case of Imagining Publics (2019)
ByMalini Guha

chapter 16|10 pages

Land use mapping and the topologies of a cinematic city

San Diego's backlots from 1985 to 2005
ByChris Lukinbeal

part III|106 pages

Development and redevelopment

chapter 17|14 pages


Urban redevelopment and the racialization of American urban cinematic space
ByMerrill Schleier

chapter 18|12 pages

A layered landscape of Western movie production

Combining geographical and historiographical methods at Old Tucson Studios
ByJoshua Gleich, Chris Lukinbeal

chapter 19|9 pages

At home in the metropolis

Reimagining Beijing and Shanghai in the 21st century
ByAngie Chau

chapter 20|13 pages

The City at 42nd Street

ByMcLain Clutter

chapter 21|13 pages

Dreaming, documenting, disturbing

Independent environmental film in 1970s West Berlin
BySonja Dümpelmann

chapter 22|10 pages

Screening Istanbul and the rebelliousness of poor images

ByOsman Nemli

chapter 23|13 pages

Care-ful governance in the smart city

ByEric Gordon, Tomás Guarna

chapter 24|9 pages

“City Stories”

Digital placemaking and public history in Singapore
ByKristy H. A. Kang

chapter 25|11 pages

“What am I supposed to do with all these white people?”

Fifty years of gentrification anxiety on screen
ByNoelle Griffis

part IV|78 pages

Strategies and tactics

chapter 26|10 pages

Studio urbanism

ByLawrence Webb

chapter 27|8 pages

Locational love and labor

Hollywood media production pre- and post-pandemic
ByVicki Mayer

chapter 28|12 pages

Who controls the media

The racial politics of public interest and local television in Detroit
ByAnnie Sullivan

chapter 29|13 pages

From extraterritoriality to extratemporality

Contemporary media and politics in Hong Kong
ByVictor Fan

chapter 30|12 pages

Detroit diplomats represent

Hip hop, gentrification, and the city
ByRebekah Farrugia, Kellie D. Hay

chapter 31|10 pages

Rethinking micromobility as mobilities justice

Location-based traffic apps in Rio de Janeiro
ByAdriana de Souza e Silva, Ragan Glover-Rijkse

chapter 32|9 pages

Not at all evenly distributed

ByJohn Marshall, Cézanne Charles