Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

COVID-19: Capitalist and postcapitalist perspectives

This opinion piece discusses key weaknesses of advanced capitalism exposed in the origin and economic repercussions of Covid-19 and, conversely, aspects of grassroots organising and speculation pointing in a postcapitalist … Continue reading

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 · Leave a comment

The clash between “risk management” and informal urbanisation

This article examines how the idea of “risk” has become one of the most significant frameworks to determine which land is appropriate; which land is unsuitable and which land is … Continue reading

Saturday, 21 November 2020 · Leave a comment

How illegality shapes urban planning, policy and development

Most research on urban planning, policy and development only considers legal practices and actors, and treats illegal ones as insignificant anomalies, unable to structurally affect the governance of urban space. … Continue reading

Tuesday, 3 November 2020 · Leave a comment

Tickling urban formality in Sweden — {FAVEL issues}

Sweden is a formal place and accordingly its cities are planned thoroughly by experts. It now and then this top-down planning is tickled. Here are two of my favourite anecdotes … Continue reading

Sunday, 1 November 2020 · Leave a comment

Contributions of Participatory Budgeting to climate change adaptation and mitigation

The report describes PB initiatives in 15 participating cities and regions from different continents. Its first objective is to describe and understand what is actually happening in the field and … Continue reading

Saturday, 31 October 2020 · Leave a comment

State-led gentrification in Shenzhen: The intertwined histories of Baishizhou Urban Village and the OCT Loft — Urban Asia

“Shenzhen’s growth over the last 40 years has been unprecedented. Only few other places have seen the built environment and societal structures changing as rapidly and extremely as in Shenzhen. … Continue reading

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 · Leave a comment

Nexus between Urban Food System and Other Urban Systems

The food system of cities has an impact on the health and wellbeing of residents. This study is a review of data and integration of findings from two projects done … Continue reading

Friday, 23 October 2020 · Leave a comment

The cost of being poor in a high-income country

Poverty within a developed country is typically considered within “relative” terms. This means that people experience poverty relative to those within their society. This acknowledges that a certain standard of … Continue reading

Sunday, 18 October 2020 · Leave a comment

Seeing COVID-19 through an urban lens

COVID-19 has changed the face of cities and recast urban life globally. In turn, cities have become the major theatres of the crisis for a once-in-a-century test to global resilience. … Continue reading

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 · Leave a comment