Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

Temporary appropriation of public space vs legislation governing street use in Mexico City

[Open access until 15th April] Historically there has been a rich discussion concerning the function of streets in cities, and their role in urban life. This paper outlines the relevance … Continue reading

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 · Leave a comment

Induced Demand – Linking roads and increased traffic

As the urbanist aphorism goes: Widening roads to reduce congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity. Yet nearly all freeway expansions and new highways are sold to the … Continue reading

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 · 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

Measuring the Complexity of Urban Form and Design

Complex systems have become a popular lens for conceptualizing cities, and complexity has substantial implications for urban performance and resilience. This paper develops a typology of methods and measures for … Continue reading

Saturday, 13 May 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban Planning and Violence: Cause or Catalyst for Change?

This paper argues that exclusion and violence are imprinted on the social and spatial fabric of cities and neighbourhoods, and that social and political divides are often manifest in the … Continue reading

Sunday, 26 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Urban resilience efforts must consider social and political forces

The social  and political norms, values, rules, and relationships that undergird and structure the myriad decisions made by public and private actors—what we call “socio-political infrastructure”—are likely to be as … Continue reading

Friday, 27 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Transport Infrastructure, City Productivity Growth and Sectoral Reallocation: Evidence from China

This paper examines the effects of economic integration resulting from highway construction on aggregate productivity and the spatial distribution of industries. To do so, it constructs a unique dataset of … Continue reading

Thursday, 19 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Innovating urban energy

The paper by Arup analyses the impact of key urban drivers on different energy scenarios and recommends key innovations. [It] assesses the concept of urban energy and how innovation paired with … Continue reading

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 · Leave a comment