What happens when a place achieves celebrity status on social media? Amy Y. Zhang, Asa Roast and Carwyn Morris introduce the term “wanghong urbanism” to theorize the construction of urban-digital spectacle and discuss the implications of the phenomenon for cities in China and beyond.
Roberto Falanga and Mafalda Corrêa Nunes examine how local community groups in Lisbon’s Marvila have asserted their right to shape the regeneration process of the area within the wider goals of city rebranding.
More than any other place, Martim Moniz square embodies the conflicted nature of Lisbon’s urban imaginaries. Andrea Pavoni reflects on the struggles over its use and argues for the importance of a “blurry” vision of the city.
Marco Allegra writes about the role of coletividades—non-commercial spaces—and local groups in the transformation of Lisbon’s Arroios, and questions some of the standard narratives of the neighbourhood’s gentrification.
In their introduction to the second part of the roundtable, Lavínia Pereira and João Felipe P. Brito discuss the overlapping nature of urban imaginaries and pose questions for the contributors about strategies of “reverse imagineering” in East Lisbon.
Roberto Falanga and Mafalda Corrêa Nunes report on Lisbon’s participation in a major European Commission project and analyse the multi-layered and often conflicting urban imaginaries that characterize the redevelopment of the Marvila district.
Simone Tulumello examines the tensions between racialization and cosmopolitanism in Lisbon’s Mouraria neighbourhood, where imaginaries of multiculturalism have been co-opted as part of the capital’s push for global city status.