Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Who owns the city?

Much is at stake in the political competition over who will shape the destinies of Asia’s metropolitan areas: private investors and their pro-free-market backers, conservative and radical religious groups, or … Continue reading

Friday, 13 October 2017 · Leave a comment

East Asia and Pacific Cities : Expanding Opportunities for the Urban Poor

Urbanization in East Asia and the Pacific has created enormous opportunity for many. Yet the rapid growth of cities can also create challenges as national and local governments try to … Continue reading

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban Design in the Global South: Ontological Design in Practice

Paul James – Urban design tends to remake nature with the modern neatness and cultural flatness of a computer-generated verge pattern. However sensitive to cultural difference, various individual designers may be, … Continue reading

Monday, 25 September 2017 · Leave a comment

A tale of three cities, or: The smart city as will and category error

Adam Greenfield – By leveraging the decentralizing tendencies that appear to be implicit in our networked technologies, and the configurations of power they in principle give rise to, we can … Continue reading

Friday, 8 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Five ways urban design can spur inclusive growth

Every week, 1.5million people move to the city. By 2030, some 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Yet while cities drive economic development, generating about 85% … Continue reading

Monday, 28 August 2017 · Leave a comment

Confined Informality: Global Margins, Statecraft, and Urban Life

Special informality issue – International Sociology – Free download until 30th July 2017 Articles: Formalization as confinement in colonial Hong Kong – Alan Smart, Josephine Smart Moving on, finding shelter: … Continue reading

Friday, 30 June 2017 · Leave a comment

The Production of Space and Governmentality in the Urban Poor’s Claim over Land and Housing

This article explores the politicized process of claiming urban land for housing the urban poor in the metropolitan city of Bengaluru. It is premised on the recognition that space and … Continue reading

Saturday, 17 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Resilient slums

A series of blogs by Deepika Andavarapu discussing different dimensions of resilience through the story of Pedda Jalaripeta (PJ), a slum in the City of Visakhapatnam, India, which retained its socio-cultural identity over … Continue reading

Sunday, 4 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Cities, Prosperity and Influence

This paper examines how cities can shape their own destinies and help address urban, national and international challenges. It explores the increasingly important balance between nations – which must give … Continue reading

Monday, 22 May 2017 · Leave a comment
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