Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Gendered strategies of Hanoi’s street food vendors

Drawing upon examples of street vendors in Hanoi, this study explores gendered strategies to adapt to rapid urbanization, and how street vendors’ responses, in turn, shape the current informal food … Continue reading

Friday, 22 December 2017 · Leave a comment

The Production of Space by the Street Vending System

Street vending draws its substance from the space, the street, and the economic exchange lies on the simultaneous presence of two actors: the customer and the vendor. Thus, it seems … Continue reading

Sunday, 17 December 2017 · Leave a comment

Hegel’s Hipsters: Claiming Ownership in the Contemporary City

Property is both revered and reviled. Praised for its connections to autonomy, agency, power and community, property attracts scorching critiques for its implication in exclusion, inequality and injustice. This article … Continue reading

Thursday, 7 December 2017 · Leave a comment

The future of Humanitarian Crises is Urban

Humanitarian crises, manifest through displacement and disasters, are increasingly striking urban settings. And with more than 50 per cent of the world’s population now living in urban areas, there are many … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 November 2017 · Leave a comment

The Architecture of ‘Passive Revolution’: Society, State and Space in Modern Mexico

This article analyses the political economy of Henri Lefebvre’s concept of ‘state space’ with specific attention directed towards the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City, completed in 1938. The … Continue reading

Thursday, 16 November 2017 · Leave a comment

The Ethical City: A Rationale for an Urgent New Urban Agenda

The ethical city, in contrast to many other adjectives used to describe our cities, implies an approach to urban development that is about doing the right thing for and by … Continue reading

Saturday, 11 November 2017 · Leave a comment

The informal city and rights in South East Asian Cities

David Sweeting – Using intersecting ideas between informality developed by Ananya Roy; the state of exception by Giorgio Agamben; theories on rights to the city by David Harvey and Henri … Continue reading

Friday, 3 November 2017 · Leave a comment

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
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