The Fiscal Topography of the Shrinking City

Brent D. Ryan | Lorena Bello

First published in "Perspecta 47: Money" at The MIT Press, 2014

In the contemporary metropolis, the physical infrastructure of urbanism is mirrored closely by the fiscal infrastructure that constructed it. This fiscal foundation is hardly invisible; in global cities like New York and London as well as emerging ones like Shanghai and Istanbul, an ever-growing skyline of luxury towers reflects all too closely the speculative peaks and valleys of the financial markets that funded them.

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[1] The term ‘shrinking city’ was coined by German architect Philipp Oswalt for a series of 2005–07 publications and exhibits.

Ryan, B. D., & Bello, L., 2015. “The fiscal topography of the shrinking city.” Vol. IV of Urban Landscape: Critical Concepts in the Built Environment. Anita Berrizbeitia (Ed). London: Routledge.
Ryan, B. D., & Bello, L., 2014. “The fiscal topography of the shrinking city.” Perspecta 47. Andrachuk, James;Bolos, Christos C.;Forman, Avi. (n.d.). Perspecta 47, (Yale Architectural Journal). Cambridge: The MIT Press.