By focusing on the interplay between material, social and narrative dimensions of the city, this book examines urban complexity, namely the dynamic and entangled nature of urban issues, and puts forward a notion of the city as an urban texture. Taking an innovative interdisciplinary approach, it perceives the way cities are organized as a restless stratification of materials, meanings and uses, and deals with the interrelationships between actors, places, administrative rationalities and artefacts. It argues that urban fabric is 'manufactured' in this interplay between imagery and practices (of all the stake-holders, including planners, city managers and city users). Illustrated by in-depth empirical studies from across Europe and Latin America, the book explores material and symbolic aspects of the urban experience. In particular, the contributors focus on the less visible ways of organizing urban spaces, such as those enacted and embodied by local news, artefacts such as signals, maps, regulations, public acts, artistic performances, sensory experience and collective memories. The book offers an articulated discussion on these various means of spatial organisation, thereby providing insights into situations of conflict and proposing innovative ways forward for enhancing urban sociability.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction: Urban Plots, Organizing Cities

ByGiovanna Sonda, Claudio Coletta, Francesco Gabbi

chapter 1|12 pages

The Graphical Performation of a Public Space: The Subway Signs and their Scripts 1

ByJérôme Denis, David Pontille

chapter 2|11 pages

The Wall and the Mobile Phone: Organizing, Governing, Resisting

ByAndrea Mubi Brighenti

chapter 5|17 pages

Organizing Urban Space: Tools, Processes and Public Action

ByLavinia Bifulco, Massimo Bricocoli