We usually associate contemporary urban life with movement and speed. But what about those instances when the forms of mobility
associated with globalized cities - the flow of capital, people, labor and information - freeze, or decelerate? How can we
assess the value of interruption in a city? What does valuing stillness mean in regards to the forward march of globalization?
When does inertia presage decay - and when does it promise immanence and rebirth? Bringing together original contributions
by international specialists from the fields of architecture, photography, film, sociology and cultural analysis, this cutting-edge
book considers the poetics and politics of inertia in cities ranging from Amsterdam, Berlin, Beirut and Paris, to Beijing,
New York, Sydney and Tokyo. Chapters explore what happens when photography, film, mixed media works, architecture and design
intervene in public spaces and urban communities to disrupt speed and growth, both intellectually and/or practically; and
question the degree to which mobility is aspirational or imaginary, absolute or transient. Together, they encourage a re-assessment
of what it means to be urban in an unevenly globalizing world, to live in cities built around mythologies of perpetual progress.