Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

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

Entering the city : emerging evidence and practices with safety nets in urban areas

Most safety net programs in low and middle-income countries have hitherto been conceived for rural areas. Yet as the global urban population increases and poverty urbanizes, it becomes of utmost … Continue reading

Monday, 7 December 2015 · Leave a comment

Towards a regional democracy? – An interview with Edward Soja

Edward Soja passed away recently. In this 2011 interview, he defends the idea that we need to change the way we think about the social and political organization of urbanized territories … Continue reading

Thursday, 5 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Urbanisation, rural–urban migration and urban poverty

Rural-urban migration continues to attract much interest, but also growing concern. Migrants are often blamed for increasing urban poverty, but not all migrants are poor. In many cities, however, migrants … Continue reading

Thursday, 23 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Gender and Urban Climate Policy

In the context of gender and climate change, focus is often laid on women as a particularly vulnerable group that is strongly affected by the impacts of climate change. While … Continue reading

Saturday, 18 July 2015 · Leave a comment

What is Urban Decay? (And Why the Answer Matters)

Cities have begun requiring developers of large-format retail stores (aka: “big box stores”) to prepare what is called an “urban decay study.” The study is meant to identify possible environmental … Continue reading

Friday, 12 June 2015 · Leave a comment