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Making Community Work: the Importance of the Performing Arts

Nov 12, 2014
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.
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Peace via H2O: Cooperation and a Most Critical Resource

Nov 10, 2014
Many fear that competition for fresh water will increasingly lead to conflict as the world’s most essential resource becomes more scarce. But a project involving Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordan youth, emanating from a region fraught with conflict, represents the possibility for cooperation instead of conflict. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Performance and Power from Kabuki to Go Go

Sep 30, 2014
"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.

Don’t Forget About Governance: The Risk of Tunnel Vision in Chasing Resilience for Asia’s Cities

Jul 29, 2014
Asia is going through an unprecedented wave of urbanization. Secondary and tertiary cities are seeing the most rapid changes in land-use and ownership, social structures, and values as peri-urban and agricultural land become part of metropolitan cityscapes. All the while, climate change is making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to disasters.

How Cities Can Foster Tolerance and Acceptance

Jun 23, 2014
"Cities around the world have become agglomerations of ethnicities, religions, classes, and nationalities. Creating socially sustainable cities that can accommodate migrants and their diversity requires policies that nurture shared identity and maintain spaces whose use can be shared by everybody, promoting a pragmatic pluralism and a culture of tolerance," writes Blair Ruble.

In Memoriam: Peter Dexter Bell

Apr 10, 2014
The Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute, Latin American Program and Urban Sustainability Laboratory are saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Peter Dexter Bell.
Xuefei Ren

Former Fellow Xuefei Ren Publishes the Book on Urbanization in China

Mar 28, 2014
Former Wilson Center Fellow and Michigan State sociologist Xuefei Ren recently published the book about urbanization in China that she worked on while with our program in 2011-2012. We are pleased to share the positive review of her Urban China recently appearing in the London School of Economics and Political Science Review of Books
Gabor Demszky--Former Mayor of Budapest

Uncertainties and Inequalities: Post-communist transformation of Budapest

Mar 28, 2014
Following the collapse of communist systems in East Europe, cities and nations confronted the task of introducing markets and democratically accountable political systems. In other words, they needed to establish economic and governing mechanisms empowering individuals. They needed, as a popular metaphor of the time expressed the challenge, “to make an aquarium out of fish stew.”

Call for Papers: Reducing Urban Poverty

Feb 25, 2014
The Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory in partnership with USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, and Cities Alliance, is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Urban Poverty Paper Competition for graduate students.
Detroit: Planning for a City of the Future

Detroit: Planning for a City of the Future

Feb 24, 2014
On Friday February 21, Detroit’s leaders filed in bankruptcy court the first official plan for moving the city to solvency. While judges were deliberating and lawyers were filing their motions, more than six dozen of the best urban minds joined together to think through the future of one of North America’s most troubled cities.

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