2.14.13 | development, geography, inequality,
According to recent literature, the word "gentrification" appeared fifty years ago in 1964. It describes a historical shift after World War II — the unmaking and remaking of cities along new class lines, although it has previous historical precedents, of course. Scholars attribute its coinage to British sociologist Ruth Glass. Its everyday use could predate her writing and Glass ...
1.27.13 | geopolitics, spatial theory
Stuart Elden, professor of political theory and geography at Warwick and one of the editors of the journal Environment and ...
1.18.13 | commons, politics, quotes
"The scholars' contest over whether 'the commons' would be understood as a historical set of social relations, as a metaphor ...
1.10.13 | research, technology, governance
In the words of John Holland, "the city is a pattern in time." Yet actions within its boundaries leave traces. Whether ...
1.6.13 | housing, poverty, gentrification
There is no small irony in the fact that the most notable achievement of affordable housing policy in the United States over ...
12.22.13 | globalization, politics, quotes
"The global-urban problematic, from this perspective, is above all a question of efficiency and proper management, where ...
12.12.13 | policy, innovation
Most people wouldn't call public-service commissioning exciting, if they even know it exists. Commissioning is the ...
12.1.13 | governance, crime, justice
Creative, inclusive and just. Safe, healthy and green. Adaptive, resilient and sustainable. Urbanists frequently articulate these ...
11.30.13 | globalization, politics, quotes
"Each retains their difference. However, they are able to act in concert around an agenda of equivalence. That is, they see ...
11.26.13 | culture, gentrification, advertising
Virtually everywhere you go in the Parisian banlieue, you will find large signs drawing attention to "urban renovation" ...
11.15.13 | urbanism, politics, books
In 2012, Trenton Oldfield threw himself into the River Thames to protest elitism in Britain. Oldfield intentionally timed his ...
10.29.13 | public space, research, film
Some urban treasures are hidden in plain sight. The documentary film "On the Map" shows how MIT professor Annette Kim and ...
9.28.13 | mapping, art, design
My first encounter with Tubism was at a house party with a large poster of the London Underground hanging in the living ...
8.8.13 | planning, green space
I imagine that most people, when confronted with the end of a two-year sojourn in the City of Lights, would make plans to visit ...
7.26.13 | design, collaboration, activism
Heliópolis is known as one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in São Paulo, with 120,000 people living in an area of ...
7.17.13 | architecture, governance
The infamous Panopticon, conceived by Jeremy Bentham and thoroughly analyzed by Michel Foucault, is emblematic of ...
7.12.13 | environment, conservation, history
My home town, Moscow, has earned a reputation for abandoned industrial zones, flashy business districts and traffic jams. Visitors ...
7.6.13 | development, urbanism, books
William Hunter is an architect, urban designer and teaching fellow at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) ...
6.29.13 | politics, development, history
In cities around the world, public space is an essential platform for voicing calls for change. Whether Madrid's Puerta del Sol ...
6.22.13 | environment, injustice
When thinking of conflicts over natural resources, we tend to think of rural resources: oil in South Sudan, deforestation in Bolivia ...
6.16.13 | politics, development
The occupation of Gezi may be over for the moment, but the ongoing impact of what has transpired and continues to transpire ...
6.10.13 | art, public space
On a plot of soil in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park, a bomb sat in plain view. Four large tubes painted fire engine red stood wired ...
6.1.13 | privatization, parks, protest
On May 28, protesters occupied a central green space in Istanbul to stop bulldozers from razing it to the ground. The demolition is ...
5.19.13 | culture, economics, reuse
Artists and bohemians have been flocking to Berlin since the wall came down in 1989. Affordable rents and vacant spaces ...
5.8.13 | sustainability, community
As co-founder and publisher of the online magazine Shareable, Neal Gorenflo aims to bring the "sharing economy" into the ...
5.2.13 | disaster, resilience, geography
This year marks the centennial of one of the most devestating weather-related disasters ever experienced in the United States ...
4.22.13 | democracy, governance, podcast
First adopted in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to engage residents in generating solutions to severely unequal living conditions ...
4.17.13 | technology, sociology, culture
Studying at a cafe recently, I noticed that most of the people around me were sitting alone in front of computers. Others had come to ...
4.9.13 | community, d.i.y., gardening
San Agustín, a parish in Caracas, Venezuela, is known for open plots of land where the hillside is too steep for habitation. A group of ...
4.5.13 | entrepreneurship, events
Cities around the world are struggling with unemployment, troubled school systems, violence and environmental degradation ...
4.4.13 | links
New links from Ali Madad on urban hacking as quality management, cartographic escapism, self-portraits atop skyscrapers, open states ...