Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

The Rise of the Urban Creative Class in Southeast Asia

This report examines the intersection of urbanization and the rise of the new creative or middle class in Southeast Asia. In particular, it assesses the connection between the rise of … Continue reading

Thursday, 19 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Rethinking sustainable cities: Accessible, green and fair

Sustainable urbanisation has moved to the forefront of global debate, research and policy agendas over recent years. Rapid urbanisation throughout China, India and many other low and middle income countries … Continue reading

Friday, 2 September 2016 · Leave a comment

What is the Urban? – Videos

Videos from the conference “What is the Urban?” held April 2016 at Iowa State University. The urban, long a popular topic of inquiry, has become an unavoidable condition for contemporary … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Urban Migration and social exclusion

Much of India’s future urbanization will be the result of migration from rural areas and small cities and towns. These urban migrants are often invisible, voiceless and powerless. This working … Continue reading

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Will Habitat III defend the human right to the city?

The Right to the City idea challenges us first and foremost as individuals to decide what basic human rights – such as land, housing, water and sanitation – are “non-negotiable” … Continue reading

Friday, 13 May 2016 · Leave a comment

A new urban agenda?

David Satterthwaite – Will Habitat III Get Buy-In From Local Actors? The text for what is termed “The New Urban Agenda” is being prepared for agreement by national government representatives … Continue reading

Thursday, 24 March 2016 · Leave a comment

GPR2C comments on Policy Papers Frameworks for Habitat III

The GPR2C (Global Platform for the Right to the City) commented the 10 Policy Papers Frameworks – all of them were released on last 29th February. According to the Habitat … Continue reading

Thursday, 17 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Inclusive urbanization: Can the 2030 Agenda be delivered without it?

Governments are wary of rapid urbanization, yet eager for the economic benefits that cities bring. The resulting tension is reflected in exclusionary cities created through strategies that privilege economic growth … Continue reading

Saturday, 5 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Structure and agency: The seeds of sustainability for 21st century cities

Merely critiquing cities’ unsustainable throughputs is not enough, and mistaking them as parasites is even worse because it usually precipitates highly ineffective solutions (e.g., making cities less city-like). We must … Continue reading

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 · Leave a comment