Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Urban Informality as a Site of Critical Analysis

Across the Global South, the realities of urban informality are changing, with implications for how we understand this phenomenon across economic, spatial, and political domains. Recent accounts have attempted to … Continue reading

Thursday, 1 August 2019 · Leave a comment

Cities Made of Boundaries: Mapping Social Life in Urban Form

Cities Made of Boundaries┬ápresents the theoretical foundation and concepts for a new social scientific urban morphological mapping method, Boundary Line Type (BLT) Mapping. Its vantage is a plea to establish … Continue reading

Saturday, 20 July 2019 · Leave a comment

The City of Justice

Defining the city requires a spanning of matter and meaning, corporeality and abstraction, tangibility and inaccessibility, humanity and nonhumanity. The most prominent difficulty in defining the city is that, while … Continue reading

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Climate Justice and the Right to the City

The two great challenges facing cities worldwide in the decades to come are inequality and climate change. Yet the two challenges, and the two sets of political infrastructures that prioritize … Continue reading

Sunday, 2 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Transcending (in)formal urbanism

We outline the important place that informal urbanism has acquired in urban theorising, and an agenda to further this standing towards an even more explicit role in defining how we … Continue reading

Monday, 13 May 2019 · Leave a comment

Gender mainstreaming in urban planning

While gender mainstreaming has become a key principle for fostering equality across all fields of policy, actual implementation in the field of urban planning is still underdeveloped. We posit that … Continue reading

Saturday, 11 May 2019 · Leave a comment

The economic effects of urban density

This paper synthesises the state of knowledge on the economic effects of density. We consider 347 estimates of density elasticities of a broad range of outcomes ranging from wages, innovation, … Continue reading

Friday, 3 May 2019 · Leave a comment

Rural water for thirsty cities

The analysis illustrates how supply and demand interact to drive water reallocation projects, which can take many forms, although collective negotiation and administrative decisions are most prevalent. Yet it also … Continue reading

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 · Leave a comment

Vulnerability of informal settlements in the context of rapid urbanization and climate change

Rapid urbanization and climate change together increase the vulnerability of poor urban communities to natural hazards, undermining urban resilience. It is therefore critical to identify and deepen our understanding of … Continue reading

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 · Leave a comment