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Ute Lehrer

Title/Position:  Associate Professor
Department/Faculty/Institution: Faculty of Environmental Studies
Degree(s)/School(s): lic. phil. (History of Art and Architecture, Sociology, Economic and Social History) Zurich, PhD (Urban Planning) UCLA
E-mail: lehrer@yorku.ca

MCRI Projects: A1: Benchmarking; A3: Land; B1: New Suburban Forms (Team Lead); B7: Transportation; C3: Europe Research Cluster; MCRI Steering Committee.

Background: Ute Lehrer is an Applicant for the MCRI on ‘Global Suburbanisms’ and holds a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA. She taught at SUNY Buffalo and Brock University before joining York, where she serves as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. She has been involved in comparative urban research on Zurich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Los Angeles and Toronto, investigating new urban forms, processes of spectacularization and megaprojects. She has recently completed a SSHRC-funded project on “Urban Images, Public Space and the Growth of Private Interest in Toronto” in which she studied the development of private residential real estate development in form of condominium towers in Toronto. She was involved in an in-depth comparative study of the financial centres of Frankfurt and Zurich in the 1990s, the first such comparative study on two global cities in continental Europe (Hitz et al. 1995).

Research Interests: Cities and Globalization; Economic Restructuring and Urban Form; Political Economy of the Built Environment; Theory and History of Planning, Urban Design and Architecture; Built Environment, Ethnicity and Immigration to Urban Area.

Selected Publications:

2011 “Urban Design Competitions”, In: T. Banerjee and A. Loukaitou-Sideris (eds) Companion to Urban Design. Routledge, 304-316.

2010 “Reurbanization in Toronto: Condominium boom and social housing revitalization,” DISP: The Planning Review, 180: 81-90 (with S. Kipfer and R. Keil).

2009 “Condominium development and gentrification,” Canadian Planning and Policy, 18(1)82-103 (with T. Wieditz)

2009 “Gentrification and the Loss of Employment Lands: Toronto’s Studio District” Critical Planning, 138-160 (with T. Wieditz)

2008 “Old Mega-projects Newly Packaged? Waterfront Redevelopment in Toronto”, Special issue on Megaprojects, edited by S. Fainstein and F. Orueta, International Journal for Urban and Regional Research, 32(4) 786-803. (with J. Laidley).

2008 “Urban Renaissance and Resistance in Toronto”, In: L. Porter and K. Shaw. Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of policy drivers and responses to urban regeneration strategies. London: Routledge, 147-156.

2006 “Re-placing Canadian Cities: The Challenge of Landscapes of ‘Desire’ and ‘Despair’”, In: T. Bunting and P. Filion (eds.) The Canadian City in Transition, 3rd edition, Oxford Press, 438-449.

2006 “Public or private? The Pope Squat and Housing Struggles in Toronto”, Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order. Vol. 33, issue 3 (with A. Winkler)

2006 “From Possible Urban Worlds to the Contested Metropolis: Urban Research and Activism in the Age of Neoliberalism”, In: H. Leitner, J. Peck and E. Sheppard (eds.) Contested Urban Futures, Guilford Press, 291-310, (with R. Keil).

2006 “Willing the Global City: Berlin’s Cultural Strategies of Interurban Competition After 1989”, In: N. Brenner and R. Keil (eds.), The Global City Reader, Routledge, 332-338.

2000 “Reality or Image? Place Selling at Potsdamer Platz”, In: International Network for Urban Research and Action (ed.), The Contested Metropolis: Six Cities at the Beginning of the 21st Century. Basel, Berlin Boston: Birkhäuser, 44-52.

1998 “Is There Still Room for Public Space? Global Cities and the Privatization of the Public Realm”, In: International Network for Urban Research and Action (ed.), Possible Urban Worlds, Basel, Boston: Birkhaeuser, 200-207.

1998 “Urban Policy Responses to Foreign In-Migration: The Case of Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany”, In: J. Friedmann and M.Douglass (eds.), Cities for Citizens: Planning and the Rise of Civil Society, London: John Wiley and Sons, 67-90. (with J. Friedmann)

1997 “Migration, Lokalität und Zivilgesellschaft: Immigrationspolitik in Los Angeles,” Leviathan, special topic issue, “Immigration and Urban Development,” H. Häussermann and I. Oswald (eds.), 427-445. (Migration, Locality and Civil Society: Immigration Politics in Los Angeles) (with J. Friedmann)

1996 “New (Sub)Urbanism: Countersprawl or Repackaging the Product,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 7 (26) 49-64. (With R. Milgrom)

1995 Capitales Fatales: Urbanisierung und Politik in den Finanzmetropolen Zürich und Frankfurt, Zürich: Rotpunkt-Verlag; 1995 (Capitales Fatales: Urbanization and Politics in the Financial Metropoles Zurich and Frankfurt), 400 pages (with H. Hitz, R. Keil, U. Lehrer, C. Schmid, K. Ronneberger, R. Wolff)

1994 “The Image of the Periphery: The Architecture of FlexSpace,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 12 (2), 187-205.