Monday, March 14, 2005

Libri di città

Yatta: Davis wrote Planet of Slums, an article on the effects of an increased urbanization of the globe without an increase in the infrastructure to support it. It's a good article that's been turned into a book. Mike Davis is speaking at CUNY in Manhattan on Wednesday.

World Changing: Robert Neuwirth has a thing for squatters. Fascinated by the illegal, homemade neighborhoods lived in by a billion people worldwide, Neuwirth spent two years (courtesy of a MacArthur Foundation grant) living in four squatter neighborhoods around the world: Rocinha, in Rio, Brazil; Kibera, in Nairobi, Kenya; Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, in Mumbai, India; and Sultanbeyli, in Istanbul, Turkey. His time living in these neighborhoods has led to a book - Shadow Cities - and a blog, SquatterCity.

World Changing: Jared Diamond’s new book Collapse has joined the ranks of Joseph Tainter’s book The Collapse of Complex Societies as a seminal work on why civilizations fall apart. But what can these works tell us, if we don’t want to be doomed?

Extinction and natural disasters are the trope of our times. Why is the BBC's Horizon team so obsessed with the end of the world?

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