Design Research

Erik Swyngedouw has been involved in some of the most interesting work in thinking about cities as sites of political struggle over the control and management of resources. Here are two useful essays that introduce different aspects of his work. For more on this, I recommend the book ‘In the Nature of Cities: Urban Political Ecology and the Politics of Urban Metabolism’, edited by Nikolas C. Heynen, Maria Kaika, Erik Swyngedouw


The Political Economy and Political Ecology of the Hydro-Social Cycle

This short piece from Neil Leach is a good summary of one conception of New Materialism – although I don’t necessarily agree with all of it. Notably, he suggests that New Materialism goes beyond what Karl Marx and Frederich Engels were proposing with dialectical materialism, but actually it seems very much in line with their work.