‘Mirroring Effects’ analyses political and economic practices concerning environment-making in the contemporary world. Written as real-life tales, the presented case studies explore the relationship between urbanisation processes and capitalism. They chart the ongoing restructuration of built and lived spaces in diverse regions of the Global North and Global South, tracing the course of capital-led development in settings such as Addis Ababa, Mumbai, Cairo, São Paulo, Berlin, Paris, and Shanghai. The stories told, if casually overheard, could just as easily be misconstrued as the stuff of incredible fables. But real they are.