Minoritarian urban research methods

I’m putting some finishing touches on a set of potential readings for a three-week exploration seminar to New York City that I am co-directing through the Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) program, and am looking for advice on minoritarian/marginal/experimental field research methods that are exciting. Here is part of what I have accumulated over the years of teaching classes in this program, but I wonder what I am missing…

Kathleen Stewart, excerpts from Ordinary Affects
Gillian Rose, Monica Degen, and Begum Basdas, “More on ‘big things’: building events and feelings”

Collage technique
Walter Benjamin, excerpts from The Arcades Project

Constrained writing
George Perec, “Day 1,” from An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Literary Geography (to be used in conjunction with another field method)
Catalina Neculai, excerpts from Urban Space and Late Twentieth-Century New York Literature (my review)

Mental Mapping
Kevin Lynch, “The Image of the Environment” and “Three Cities”

Marshall Berman, “A Times Square for the New Millennium”
Jean-Paul Sartre, “American Cities” and “New York, the Colonial City”

Ivan Chtcheglov, “Formulary for a New Urbanism”
Guy Debord, “Theory of the Dérive”
David Pinder, excerpts from Visions of the City

Visual Approaches
Guy Debord, video: Society of the Spectacle
Sophie Yanow, War of Streets and Houses
Sarah Pink, excerpts from Doing Visual Ethnography
William Whyte, video: The social life of small urban spaces

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