Compassion, not calculus
Recent public marches against road tolls highlight the fact that urban road transport can still be politicised actively in cities of the global south
Health justice now for the future
A sustainable urban health justice policy requires a relational view of place
The War Reporter
Ryszard Kapuscinski has been praised as a conjuror extraordinaire of modern reportage, and also dismissed as a profound and dangerous racist
A Visionary Statement
The tagline “world-class African city” was first invoked more than a decade ago to describe Johannesburg and its future aspirations. But what does this phrase actually mean? And why has it proven so durable in the city’s official planning discourse?
Mopping up the junk food mess
The seductive taste of highly processed, low-fibre foods is shifting nutritional habits across the developing world’s cities, with worrying consequences
To let: Space in new industrial park
An up-close view of a new Chinese-built special economic zone in Zambia’s copper belt region, the first such initiative on African soil
In a post-conflict society like the Democratic Republic of Congo, jobs are scarce, enterprise minimal and expectations for professional promotion a strange concept. The country’s fledgling film industry is however changing things, allowing people to aspire, and also come to terms with a pervasive social trauma
Djo Tunda wa Munga
No Sleep till Ban-Galore !!!
Increasingly, Bangalore, now officially known as Bengaluru, is vexed by a singular question: Is it a world city? The way city officials regulate nightlife suggests one possible answer.
On projective thinking, imagination & resistance
A conversation with architect and urban designer Rahul Mehrotra