Kerwin Datu is editor-in-chief of The Global Urbanist.
Kerwin Datu is editor-in-chief of The Global Urbanist.
Emily E Straus takes on three critical issues which have shaped the Los Angeles suburb: the history of race and educational equity, the relationship between schools and place, and the intersection of schooling and municipal economies.
Founder and outgoing editor-in-chief Kerwin Datu reflects on our purpose in a changing media world.
Sean Fox's provocative new theory that urbanisation is driven by demographic transition, not by economic growth, and that even rural development initiatives will directly cause increased urban populations.
How policies surrounding issues such as decentralisation, food security and armed conflict must now adapt to the maturing of Africa's urbanisation experience.
We set out our intentions for the next two years leading to Habitat III in 2016, with a call to think beyond the tick-a-box approach to the Habitat Agenda currently being encouraged.
We argue that the Habitat III Agenda currently on the table comprises several serious omissions, including any acknowledgement that conflict routinely arises in urban areas.
We propose mechanisms to resolve the conflict that arises in urban areas in a routine manner, with recommendations in the areas of democratisation, accountability, and statistical capacities.
A chart doing the rounds of social media shows what a tangled mess the Middle East is. But if we tease it apart, we see a region neatly divided into two camps; it's just that one is divided amongst itself.
It's too easy to overlay an urbanist narrative onto the past month's protests. It's more important to see how the protests contradict even some pro-urban discourses, and to reform the world's police forces.
In a quiet London suburb two rival "neighbourhood forums" put forward under new "localism" laws have brought religious and cultural divisions into the light.
With Uruguay ratifying the Optional Protocol of the ICESCR, ten countries will soon have a right to housing somewhat enforceable under international law.
This year we have been compelled to denounce evictions and discrimination, but have also heard the call that questions of identity cannot be sidestepped.
Kerwin Datu reflects on the available options for reuniting Paris with its extensive suburbs.
Witness' documentary People Before Profit portrays forced evictions around the world, expressing the trauma that citizens feel when their homes and possessions are violently taken from them.
In a second review of issues raised at this month's World Urban Forum in Naples, we look at the progress being made to create enforcement mechanisms for the human right to adequate housing.
Global urban policy and quantitative research are converging on a single conclusion: that spatial planning of new urban expansion areas is one of the most important tasks to make urbanisation sustainable.
Our editors exhort the global urban development community to raise the level of media debate from awareness building to constructive engagement with the political conflicts that confront our cities.
Kerwin Datu argues that the global urban development community has lost sight of its own agenda, and must focus on urban employment and income levels alongside its obsession with housing and services.
This month the Lagos State Government has begun demolishing Makoko, one of the world's most iconic informal settlements, with a violence resulting in at least one death and in contravention of international law.
The world's biggest logistics company maintains its largest African hub in Lagos. Kerwin Datu take a tour and learn how logistics operators and local authorities are learning to make the industry more sustainable.
The Economist conference 'Future Cities: managing Africa's urban transformation' was held in Lagos last month. A rosy picture for foreign investors, but what kind of future is being offered the ordinary African?
Africa is not urbanising as rapidly as we think. What are the implications for the business world, or for the possibilities for local economic development?
Slum neighbourhoods are teeming with industry and commerce, yet the policy sphere still tends to treat them as residential spaces alone. What are the consequences of this misconception, and is it time to invoke a right to space, not just of housing?
There is much to be commended, and much to be weeded out, in Foster's vision for a new London airport in the Thames Estuary and the proposal for a new transport, utilities and data spine running the length of the country.
Governments in many places can exhibit a loss in the basic competencies required for effective urban planning. In the UK and India, some of the slack is picked up by the private and non-profit sectors, with surprising and innovative results.
There is much happiness and much misery amongst the urban poor, as these portraits of three households in Manila testify. The point is not to draw lines between them, but to accept that poverty has several gradations, all of which require assistance.
Who sets the global urban agenda? What are the world's urban priorities? What should they be? Three international experts and a roomful of readers battled out these questions and more.
A bold future may await rust belt cities in North America and Europe if asset manager Pippa Malmgren's vision of smart manufacturing hubs and recent research on revitalised industrial centres come to fruition.
While there is a strong relationship between increasing urbanisation and increasing prosperity, it cannot be assumed that inequalities such as gender are reduced at the same time.
Singapore's experience suggests that housing supply can be increased only when matched by aggressive demand-side policies.
The Philippine government is planning to demolish 104,000 homes across Manila. Everyone involved knows that this is a bad idea, yet we have no international framework to stop them going ahead.
While many are outraged, it is senseless for city leaders to sow further division and resentment by dismissing young looters, especially when the systemic causes have been hidden in plain sight for decades.
Bus maps can play a role in drawing people into greater engagement with the city they live in.
It's time to revisit London's bus maps, whose design is so poor they often don't even show any destinations!
The greatest achievement of the Wadi Hanifah may be its potential to provide water for up to three million people.
South Africa's recent local elections were a minor milestone on the road to democracy. Now it's time for the DA to show they can deliver on policy.
The Politics of Urban Governance by Jon Pierre leaves too many questions unanswered to bring any new energy to the science of urban politics.
Authorities meet in Nairobi this week to set the agenda for UN-HABITAT, but domestic politics makes a lot of that agenda impossible. How can we put domestic politics back on the table?
DfID's decision to withdraw from UN-HABITAT demonstrates an ignorance of the contradictions in the mainstream development agenda, and the intractability of the problems facing urban areas.
We argue for a sense of global ambition for Australia's regional cities and outer suburban centres, and that the issues that confront smaller cities be brought out of the shadows of the megacity.
A national urban policy must set the strategy for the national urban system--the balancing of small, medium and large cities--and offer a 'global city' future for Australia's regional cities and outer suburban centres.
The political questions that face local authorities seeking to implement 'smart city' technologies within their cities.
Congestion charging isn't the only way to disincentivise drivers. Many cities are being very clever with parking policy, using pricing, regulations and design to make commuters think twice about relying on their cars.
The international community is increasingly optimistic about the wealth generated in Africa's cities. But with rising slum populations projected from the same trends, how shall the former overcome the latter?
Applying the principle of democratic equality to the planning of road space leads to powerful arguments for the pedestrianisation of our streets and the expansion of bus and cycle networks.
Transferring the national government to a new city is an escapism that won't solve Jakarta's problems.
While governments remain focused on economic indicators and the image a city projects, writers who wish to remain egalitarian must discount both of these in favour of the basic needs of all people.
The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty edited by Sylvia Chant explores how some of the noblest intentions in development can be undermined by the interpersonal dimension of poverty.
Vijay Govindarajan's proposal to design a $300 one-room shed to solve the world's housing problems is riddled with stereotypes and prejudices.
In the world's wealthy regions, economic activity is articulated through networks uniting cities around the world. So shouldn't we also be looking to intercity networks as the key to international development?
The cities of the twenty-first century are too big for the old hub-and-spokes models; cities like Los Angeles, London and Sydney should be planned as tapestries, with ruthless disregard for the traditional dominance of our city centres.
Customs officials blocking supplies, international donors blocking funds, and land owners blocking redevelopment: a wrap-up of international reporting on the stalled reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
Forced evictions are usually illegal, yet they are increasingly routine for many governments, assisted by international institutions. Rather than helping governments justify evictions, institutions need to steer governments towards true 'voluntarism'.
As colleagues and past students celebrate the career of the British geographer Alan Gilbert, Kerwin Datu reflects on the direction of research into urban poverty…
Manila's urban landscape is characterised by ineffective government planning alongside strong, ambitious private sector developers. Arguably, the city will only develop economically if the private sector takes over the role of planning the whole metropolis.
With rent prices up sky high around the country, more and more young Australian women are drifting from couch to couch, leaning on friends and sleeping with strangers rather than end up on the streets.
Formally, rhetorically and economically, the 100-mile metropole touted by President Nicolas Sarkozy and his advisor Jacques Attali stands for a lot less than we would like to imagine.
The clear strategies employed by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to exchange lessons and best practices on climate change action between mayors provide a great lesson in knowing what one can really achieve, in order to fully achieve it.
While residents in the Soweto suburb of Protea South clash with shack dwellers over electricity…
Mumbai architect and MIT Professor of Architecture Rahul Mehrotra argues that the positive aspects of the kinetic city or bazaar city that Mumbai embodies must be embraced to overcome the false formal v. informal conception of the city and to turn density into economic opportunity.
Last night's presentation by development economist William Easterly demonstrated very well the ignorance of most economists when it comes to understanding the connections between poverty and growth.
Monthly reflections from The Global Urbanist.
This month's topic: the international relations of cities.
This article was first released as an email newsletter on Sunday, 16 May 2010 to our subscribers, and posted here on Friday, 28 May.
Last week we published a review of the BBC Two documentary Welcome to Lagos, which has been criticised by many arms of Nigerian government.
The Nigerian government is demonstrating a strangely Eurocentric mindset in its display of anger over the BBC2 documentary, Welcome to Lagos, which shows only a people who are resourceful, enterprising, organised and content.
While Manila's corporate philanthropists such as the ABS-CBN Foundation are to be applauded for tackling some of the biggest development problems in the city, they need to become much more enterprising in how to solve those problems…
A list of the world's largest urban agglomerations for 2010, following the release of UN-DESA's revised World Urbanization Prospects tabling population predictions for the world's cities.
That the world's leaders have renewed their focus on infrastructure in recent years is a good thing. Whether they can retain that focus long enough to overcome centuries of neglect by colonial and independent leaders is another matter.
UN-HABITAT's State of the World's Cities reports, like the World Bank's World Development Reports, do not so much document how the world has progressed from year to year as they do portray the evolving research interests of the two institutions.
Almost too many articles on urbanisation in the popular media today begin by citing the fact that the majority of the world's population now lives in urban areas, as of 2005, 2007, 2008 or 2009, depending often on when the writer started paying attention!
On the occasion of the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Kerwin Datu speaks with Professor Edgar Pieterse, director of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, on retheorising the African city, the politics of Africa's mega-regions…
The World Urban Forum opens today in Rio de Janeiro, under the slogan "Right to the City: bridging the urban divide." Recent advances in urban economics allow us to see that this is a fundamental part of how cities function, not a radical concept.
NGOs in Port-au-Prince are preparing to roll out thousands of transitional shelters--timber structures that they hope will withstand the hurricane season better than the tents, plastic sheets and other makeshift coverings currently being used.
An unusually raw press release from the Barangaroo Delivery Authority's media team raises questions about the Authority's internal organisation.
Lend Lease and Richard Rogers have won the right to develop the Barangaroo site in East Darling Harbour, overriding the Hill Thalis-led competition winning scheme.
Despite being one of the world's largest producers and exporters of oil, Nigeria has been gripped by fuel scarcity at its filling stations for a week. A round-up of articles attempting to explain the current crisis.
Today we launch the Global Urbanist, an online newspaper on urban affairs from cities across the developed and developing world. Click through the headline to read a letter from the editorial team.
The Chinese government hints at relaxing the hukou system, but only for smaller cities and towns, while Beijing fiddles with the management of its floating population.