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“Real Estate” Symptoms of Increasing Global Inequality

By Paavo Monkkonen, Urban Planning Assistant Professor and GPA FCL of Global Urbanization and Regional Development License: Creative Commons There is a growing disjuncture between urban spaces without people, such as the haunting ghost towns in China or bizarre newly built, vacant subdivisions in Mexico, and urban spaces that continue to set records for real estate […]

Mumbai’s Slum Redevelopment: The Question of Consent

By Vinit Mukhija, Urban Planning Professor and GPA FCL of Global Urbanization and Regional Development Source: archdaily.com Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is India’s financial and commercial capital. It is the capital of the state of Maharashtra, India’s wealthiest province. Paradoxically, the city is known for both its high real estate prices and huge slum population. It […]

Fragile States and Imagined Communities

By Stephen Commins, Associate Director of Global Public Affairs and Urban Planning Lecturer International aid agencies have spent over a decade since the original World Bank Low Income Countries Under Stress (LICUS) report and various initiatives within DFID and OECD (Fragile States Group and INCAF)  trying to define ‘state fragility’ and identify effective levers for […]

Art Does Not Shut Up

By Susanna Hecht, GPA Faculty Cluster Leader and Professor of Urban Planning Mural in L.A. “Art does not shut up!” This phrase is from a mural in South-Central Los Angeles, an area where a vibrant public culture derived from diasporic communities embellishes wall spaces throughout the city. The images range from nostalgic tropical landscapes to […]