Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Fragile Cities in the Developed World: A Conceptual Framework

Cities, like any complex adaptive systems, may become increasingly fragile if not properly managed. To date, the literature has focused primarily on the examination of cities within fragile countries. This … Continue reading

Thursday, 17 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Cities and Self-organization

In the contemporary city, we are today more and more witnessing different practices and processes of “re-appropriation of space”: regeneration of empty buildings, spaces of cultural production, urban gardens, green … Continue reading

Sunday, 13 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Cities and the political imagination

How can we recognize the political in the city? How might urban scholars engage with forms of urban politics outside of established sites of research such as those associated with … Continue reading

Sunday, 18 November 2018 · Leave a comment

Urban Pooling

There are three main paradigms which suggest the perspective from which the city should be studied and depict how the city would be conceptualized in the future. Some think that … Continue reading

Friday, 23 February 2018 · 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

The Making of the Urban Entrepreneur

Pressures on infrastructure—due to growing urban populations, the ubiquity of new technologies, and collaborative business models—are fostering a new form of entrepreneurship focused on addressing quality of life in cities. … Continue reading

Thursday, 18 May 2017 · Leave a comment

Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of the City

This book, by a leading expert in urban agriculture, offers a genuine solution to today’s global food crisis. By contributing more to feeding themselves, cities can allow breathing space for … Continue reading

Friday, 28 April 2017 · Leave a comment

Urbanization, Work and Community: The Logic of City Life in the Contemporary World

Allen J. Scott – The paper offers an overall theoretical synthesis of the interrelationships between cognitive-cultural capitalism and processes of urbanization. It presents an argument to the effect that the specificity … Continue reading

Monday, 10 April 2017 · Leave a comment

Economic Foundations for Sustainable Urbanization

Sustainable urbanization requires integrated planning, as it allows cities to come up with a common vision for their development. Lack of integrated action often leads to sub-optimal results and undermines … Continue reading

Thursday, 9 March 2017 · Leave a comment