The Wilson Center and Urban Studies
Jan 29, 2015
This publication marks the 5th year of the Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance. The volume includes original, solutions-oriented research by winning authors to assess existing urban policy and practice. more
January 26, 2015 // 1:00pm — 3:30pm
The Urban Sustainability Laboratory of the Wilson Center joins with USAID, International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance and the World Bank to invite you to a seminar on: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion. more
Jan 07, 2015
On the evening of December 30, 2014 police officials and a television crew entered the hall, declared a bomb threat, and asked everyone to evacuate. Despite the declared urgency that a bomb might go off, the police checked and recorded the documents of everyone in the audience and requested that they wait in paddy wagons parked outside for their own protection. more
Resilience and adaptability increasingly are seen as essential for community well-being, particularly in the face of growing challenges and dilemmas posed by natural and man-made misfortune. Resilience, in turn, requires expansive social capital and vibrant civic life. Community vitality requires increasingly diverse neighbors come to know one another, even if only casually. As these Washington examples demonstrate, the shared enjoyment provided by the performing arts promotes a virtuous cycle which enables communities to move forward in the face of adversity.
"Hong Kong’s problem will continue for as long as the structural sources of conflict cannot be addressed. The identity crises in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan, and Tibet will surely become Beijing’s real tests and dilemmas. How well the Chinese leadership deals with these crises will determine China’s rise and future development," writes Global Fellow Zheng Wang.
"Russians have come to depend on their belief in Putin as much as he depends on their support. Instead of serving as a source of stability, as it did in the past, this mutual dependence is driving Russia toward political and economic isolation – with serious consequences for ordinary Russians’ livelihoods," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.
"Emerging during periods of profound economic change, these art forms (kabuki and Go Go) were products of the social vacuum left by conflicts over power. They expressed the frustrations and struggles of social groups that were on the losing end of those skirmishes; and they did so in ways that were unvarnished and potent," writes Blair Ruble.
Jan 07, 2015
On the evening of December 30, 2014 -- just as two dozen or so patrons were settling into their seats at a purposefully ramshackle basement theater in central Moscow to watch a film about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine -- police officials and a...
Dec 15, 2014
The rhythmic hip-hop-like chants of protest exploded just as the final curtain came down on the flower-laden ballet dancers and the musi
Dec 15, 2014
Synetic Theater has another hit on its hands with its new production of Beauty and the Beast. “It gives you goosebumps,” writes the website Broadway World; “A lush, almost feverish theatrical experience, impressive to see and satisfying,”...
Dec 05, 2014
More than two decades ago, in 1993, Harvard Government Professor Robert Putnam published his now classic study Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy. Trying to answer the question why northern Italian cities developed vibrant...
Oct 31, 2014
Several of the speakers at the recent Meeting of the Minds in Detroit – including Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, together with several foundation and community leaders from Detroit itself — echoed one simple sentiment...
Sep 29, 2014
Just eight years after establishing a powerful military regime that would last 26 decades, Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu became so disturbed by a troupe of itinerate actors that he expelled them from his Suruga military base. The group performed in a...
Jul 29, 2014
On a recent pleasant summer evening, my wife and I found ourselves at Washington’s Southwest Waterfront listening to a free sunset concert by one of the fabulous jazz divas of our times, Washington’s Sharón Clark. Sharón, who packs important clubs...
Jul 08, 2014
Communities undergoing gentrification often fail to find ways to talk across the fault lines running among newcomers and old-timers.
May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014
At the height of the Cold War, Soviet wags loved to tell ironic tales about their political leaders. Communist Party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev inspired a number
January 26, 2015 // 1:00pm — 3:30pm
The Urban Sustainability Laboratory of the Wilson Center joins with USAID, International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance and the World Bank to invite you to a seminar on: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion.
January 15, 2015 // 10:00am — 12:00pm
The Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Cisco Systems, and the Meeting of the Minds invites you to a web-exclusive roundtable discussion from telepresence locations in Washington D.C., NYC, Boston, and Mexico City. Please join us by WebEx as participants discuss the role that advanced technology can play in achieving the core objectives of Habitat III. The roundtable will focus on priorities and opportunities that must be addressed by the "New Urban Agenda."
November 19, 2014 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
In the past few years, natural and manmade disasters including Superstorm Sandy, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Boston Marathon bombing have highlighted the growing need for communities and societies to be resilient in the face of unexpected and constantly changing challenges. Join us, the Rockefeller Foundation, Thomas Lovejoy of the UN Foundation, and select authors to discuss how urban communities and industrial enterprises can “survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change and uncertainty.”
This publication marks the 5th year of the Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance. The volume includes original, solutions-oriented research by winning authors to assess existing urban policy and practice.
While experts agree on the importance of affordable housing for the well-being of a city and its residents, confronting the affordable housing shortage has been the subject of much debate and remains one of the top urban policy challenges in the United States today.
This publication, produced by the Urban Sustainability Laboratory together with Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung, highlights the latest in practice and research on the role that social entrepreneurship can play in meeting international development goals and empowering the poor.
Minister for Planning, Development, and Reforms, Government of Pakistan
Allison Garland is program associate for the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory. She served previously as senior program associate in the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, where she worked from 1993-2000. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Garland worked for the American...
Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario