Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Urbanisation, informality, and corruption

How should anti-corruption policies be designed when the ways people live and make a living in rapidly growing cities are often marked by high levels of informality? What do we … Continue reading

Friday, 7 August 2020 · Leave a comment

Moving urban political ecology beyond the ‘urbanization of nature’

Urban political ecology (UPE) focuses on unsettling traditional understandings of ‘cities’ as ontological entities separate from ‘nature’ and on how the production of settlements is  metabolically linked with flows of … Continue reading

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 · 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

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

A City Is Not a Computer

Shannon Mattern – We should reject data-driven models that delegate critical, often ethical decisions to the machine. Urban intelligence is more than information processing. Urban intelligence involves experience, observation, sensory … Continue reading

Sunday, 19 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Environment Politics in Urban India: Citizenship, Knowledges and Urban Political Ecologies

This special issue of SAMAJ, composed of six empirical papers and an introduction seeks to throw light on environmental politics in contemporary urban India. Adopting a deliberately broad understanding of … Continue reading

Thursday, 24 November 2016 · Leave a comment

Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren’t Smart

Arguably the biggest buzzword in urbanism right now is the ‘Smart City’. The idea, although certainly inclusive of eco-friendly practices, has even replaced “sustainability” as the major intent of cities … Continue reading

Thursday, 29 October 2015 · Leave a comment