1.29.16 | architecture, warfare
The dust is settling on Shura City, yet not a single brick has been laid. Since this proposal for a drone-proof city emerged, its creator, Asher Kohn, has attracted the unexpected attention of architects, allies and antagonists alike. I spoke with Asher and Hiba Ali — the visual artist who created a virtual model of the city — as they developed plans for Shura's interior ...
1.20.16 | podcast, culture, gentrification
London's East End needs little introduction. Though nestled between the largest financial hubs in Europe, it has ...
1.13.16 | community, development, governance
An innovative urban development program is activating positive change in low-income neighborhoods across Mexico City ...
11.18.15 | writing, history, technology
In a radio interview with Eleanor Wachtel of Writers & Company, Gail Jones reflects upon urban experience and its ...
10.22.15 | planning, development, governance
In 2007, Siddharth Varadarajan described the city of Naypyidaw (Abode of Kings) as "the ultimate insurance against regime ...
2.14.14 | development, poverty
According to recent literature, the word "gentrification" appeared fifty years ago in 1964. It describes a historical shift after ...
1.27.14 | geopolitics, spatial theory
Stuart Elden, professor of political theory and geography at Warwick and one of the editors of the journal Environment and ...
1.18.14 | 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 ...
1.6.14 | 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 ...