Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Illicit Economies, Sublegal Practices, and the State in Southeast Asia

A special issue of the journal Critical Asian Studies available for free for a limited time. This introduction develops the idea of “dirty money states” by defining and exploring the problem … Continue reading

Saturday, 1 August 2015 · Leave a comment

Urban Gardening in Greece – A New Form of Protest

Guerrilla gardening and local consumer-producer networks are redefining life in today’s Greek cities. While the crisis has shifted politicians’ attention away from the climate, “transition and recovery movements” work hard … Continue reading

Saturday, 1 August 2015 · Leave a comment

5 Forecasts for the Future of African Cities

An innovation expert in Nigeria shares his thoughts on how economic expansion and innovation will transform the continent. For Africa, the 21st century is largely a tale of its cities. The … Continue reading

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Mapping for Environmental Justice: An Assessment of the Power of Maps in Karachi’s Informal Settlements

This paper adopts environmental justice as the broad normative framework. It departs from the premise that there is relevance in exploring tools that can be appropriated by communities, at the … Continue reading

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Is Urban Planning Having an Identity Crisis?

Call it post-planning, planning 2.0, or maybe un-planning. And the crazy thing is, this revolt against traditional approaches to planning is being conducted by planners themselves…there was the sense—quite refreshing … Continue reading

Friday, 24 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Urbanisation, rural–urban migration and urban poverty

Rural-urban migration continues to attract much interest, but also growing concern. Migrants are often blamed for increasing urban poverty, but not all migrants are poor. In many cities, however, migrants … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 July 2015 · Leave a comment

How Data Privatization Will Change Planning Practice

For urban planners, the promise of data offers unprecedented access to information, citizen engagement, and solutions to some of the most significant challenges facing urban areas, such as traffic, infrastructure, … Continue reading

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Report: The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health

We identify three categories of challenges that have to be addressed to maintain and enhance human health in the face of increasingly harmful environmental trends. Firstly, conceptual and empathy failures … Continue reading

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Human rights and the New Urban Agenda

…we are leaving aside some potent and critical tools. The use of human rights instruments has not been prominent, either as guiding principles for sustainable urban development, as tools for … Continue reading

Sunday, 19 July 2015 · Leave a comment

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