Neil Brenner

Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory and Director of the Urban Theory Lab at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

Brenner’s most recent book is the edited volume, Implosions / Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis, 2014), which elaborates the conceptual foundations for the ongoing work of the Urban Theory Lab on contemporary forms of urbanization. In 2014, Brenner was selected as a Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. Based on Web of Science data, his scholarly publications were ranked among the top 1% most cited globally in the general social sciences between 2002 and 2012.

Along with his collaborators and students in the Urban Theory Lab-GSD, Brenner has recently produced an exhibition, Operational Landscapes: Towards an Alternative Cartography of World Urbanization, which explores the extension of an urban fabric into some of the world’s most apparently “remote” regions, including the Amazon, the Arctic, the Gobi desert, the Himalayas, the Pacific Ocean, the Sahara desert and Siberia. The work has been exhibited at the Melbourne School of Design and the Yale School of Architecture, and will travel to the Shenzhen Biennale, “Radical Urbanism” in late 2014/early 2015.

Brenner is currently completing several books, including New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question (New York: Oxford University Press); Planetary Urbanization (with Christian Schmid; New York: Verso); and Is the World Urban? Towards a Critique of Geospatial Ideology (with Nikos Katsikis; Barcelona: Actar). A collection of his previous writings is forthcoming in Spanish in 2016 (edited by Alvaro Sevilla-Buitrago; Barcelona: Icaria). Other collections are being planned for publication in Chinese (Beijing: Commercial Press) and Spanish (Santiago de Chile: ARQ ediciones).