City Lust

City Lust

London Guangzhou Lagos Dubai Houston

Charlie Koolhaas presents a timely dialogue between words and images about a crucial moment in our recent history: the apotheosis of globalization and its current unraveling.



Title Information

Charlie Koolhaas

1st edition

, 2020


412 pages, 354 color illustrations

20.5 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-804-1


In her new book, Charlie Koolhaas takes us to London, Guangzhou, Lagos, Dubai and Houston, cities in which she has either lived or worked. Her personal and humorous account explores the rapid changes taking place in these culturally vastly different metropolises that are being united by the influences of global trade and the evolution of a shared global culture. A captivating combination of photographic documentary and written testimony. City Lust portrays a global landscape that contradicts the current pessimism—to reveal new creativities, unexpected possibilities and intimate connections that emerge despite huge global and economic divides.



Charlie Koolhaas, born 1977 in London, graduated in sociology from New York University and in Interactive Media from Goldsmith’s, University of London. She lives and works as an artist, photographer, and writer in Rotterdam. She has taught visual culture theory at TU Delft and Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, and has been a visiting lecturer at Strelka Institute in Moscow, ETH Zurich, HEAD Geneva, and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Authors & Editors

Interview with Charlie Koolhaas Dutch TV VPRO Mondo—have a look at the video!


"Charlie Koolhaas has developed a kind of everyday photography, unembellished and therefore exciting. In contrast to her knowledgeable essay about today's global trade routes and their everyday protagonists, a wonderful commitment to our contemporary urban world is created." Steffen Kühn, KULTUR-EXTRA

"A compelling combination of photographic documentation and written testimony." Regina Plaar, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie e.V.