The Global Urbanist

News and analysis of cities around the world

Latest

Popular Articles

  1. Gaming as a method for cooperative urbanism
  2. The road to eliminating homelessness by 2030
  3. Unjamming Nairobi
  4. Urban women organizing in the informal economy

Regions

  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia and the Pacific
  • North America
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • Europe and Central Asia

Recent Headlines

In the post-war years, the Metabolists made big plans for Tokyo Bay to relieve the pressure on the Japanese capital. Now there's another plan, called Next Tokyo 2045. Herbert Wright explains that these have not been the only visionary proposals. In reality, the city has been gradually encroaching on the Bay for centuries, and the big plans that materialise are mainly infrastructure.

Over the next few weeks, The Global Urbanist, in collaboration with WIEGO will publish six photo essays that take us inside the daily lives of women working in the informal economy.

Is public consultation a thing of the past? Alyssa Campbell takes us inside the City Innovation Game, a planning experiment in Buiksloterham, Amsterdam, that lets stakeholders create development scenarios interactively and in real time.

Planning

Unjamming Nairobi

Seth Kerr describes how new policies slowly tackle Nairobi’s gridlock and make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

Governance

Economy

The curtailing of London’s creative economy

Two years after the introduction of Permitted Development Rights, Zoe Green argues that the policy is threatening the local creative economy in UK cities by pricing out small and medium sized enterprises.

Communities

The road to eliminating homelessness by 2030

Tom Archer argues that eliminating homelessness by 2030, a key recommendation of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, requires committed governments and an active civil society.

Environment

International

Planning in Baghdad: how conflict shaped the city

After spending over six years conducting research on urban planning in Iraq, Sebastian Schulz and Niran Banna explore how war and terrorism turned a once-cosmopolitan city into a divided metropolis.

Most Discussed

  1. The road to eliminating homelessness by 2030
  2. Unjamming Nairobi
  3. Gaming as a method for cooperative urbanism
  4. Urban women organizing in the informal economy
  5. How home-based workers in Ahmedabad formed a union to improve their lives

Hot Topics

Poverty and inequality
The Draw of Difference
Local economic development
Urban women organizing in the informal economy
Housing
A Brief History of Big Plans for Tokyo Bay
Participatory governance
Gaming as a method for cooperative urbanism

Hot Cities

Ahmedabad
Urban women organizing in the informal economy
Nairobi
Unjamming Nairobi
London
The road to eliminating homelessness by 2030
New York-Newark
The Draw of Difference

Featured Author

Events

Post an event

Jobs

Post a job

About

The Global Urbanist is an online magazine reviewing urban affairs and urban development issues in cities throughout the developed and developing world.

Its readers are drawn from the urban policy and international development sectors, and include urban planners, officers in local, national or international government agencies, civil society leaders, and researchers.

Find out more


Advertise on this site

GU