Issue 5:2011. All over the world, cities attempt to attract residents, tourists and companies via the growing phenomenon of city branding. However, as this issue’s main article describes, it is a truly bad idea to use branding as a method. Once you think in terms of branding, you implicitly accept working with your product as if it was generic, and you end up fabricating a synthetic universe around it. This suits standardised products that can’t be developed further, but it is hopeless when it comes to cities.