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.
"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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Arlington, VA and Markham Ontario aren’t just ‘celebrating’ diversity, they’re using policy to plan it.
Social entrepreneurship blurs the boundaries between civil society, the state, and the market. The term embraces a range of activities, organizations, and individuals including non-governmental organizations, commercial enterprises, and entrepreneurs that has significant potential and hope for addressing global poverty. In this Context interview, Oxford University professor and author Paul Collier describes the latest innovations and alternative solutions to meeting international development goals and empowering the poor.
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID, the International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance are teaming up a fourth time to co-sponsor an academic paper competition for graduate and PhD level students focused on challenges facing urban centers in the developing world.