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Investing in Municipal Leadership

Summary of a meeting with K.C. Sivaramakrishnan, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India

Mega-Cities and the Process of Planning

Summary of a meeting with Jorge Wilheim, Secretary of Planning, City of São Paulo; Janice Perlman, President, Mega-Cities Project, Inc.; Josep Subirós, GAO, Projects and Ideas; Richard Stren, Professor, University of Toronto, and former Wilson Center Scholar; Aprodicio Laquian, Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Changes in the Structure of Belgrade and Sofia since the End of Socialism: Some Problems and Opportunities

Sonia Hirt, Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech-Blacksburg

This event will take place in the 5th floor conference room.

Washington's U Street: A Biography

This book traces the history of the U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C., from its Civil War–era origins to its recent gentrification.

Urban Diversity: Space, Culture, and Inclusive Pluralism in Cities Worldwide

As the world’s urban populations grow, cities become spaces where increasingly diverse peoples negotiate such differences as language, citizenship, ethnicity and race, class and wealth, and gender. Using a comparative framework, Urban Diversity examines the multiple meanings of inclusion and exclusion in fast—changing urban contexts. The contributors identify specific areas of contestation, including public spaces and facilities, governmental structures, civil society institutions, cultural organizations, and cyberspace.

The Caged Phoenix: Can India Fly?

Dipankar Gupta, one of India’s foremost thinkers on social and economic issues, takes a critical—and controversial—look at the limits of the Indian success story in The Caged Phoenix. Through a fine blend of theory and new evidence on small scale industries, farming, and more, Gupta argues that, despite the promise of independence and liberalization, India continues to remain caged in backwardness. In short, the country’s phenomenal growth story has not translated into development.

Прагматизм і плюралізм як рушії розвитку великого міста

Книга відомого американського дослідника-урбаніста, директора Інституту Кеннана Міжнародного центру підтримки науковців ім. Вудро Вілсона Second Metropolis: Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka є аналітичним дослідженням процесів піднесення трьох визначних світових міст Чикаго, Москви і Осаки на зламі ХІХ—ХХ ст., міст, що тривалий час відігравали роль других столиць у своїх державах. Історія їх становлення є не лише цікавим фактом міської історії США, Росії та Японії, а в певному сенсі надбанням всього людства.

Агора, випуск 9: Місто як чинник демократичного розвитку України

Розбудова міста є процесом соціального культуротворення, що визначає особливості та перспективи певного етапу розвитку людства.

Participatory Institutions in Democratic Brazil

Brazil has conducted some of the world’s most stunning experiments in participatory democracy, most notably the creation of city budgets through local citizens’ meetings. Taking this trend as his backdrop, Leonardo Avritzer introduces a fresh analytical approach to reveal the social and institutional conditions that make civic participation most effective, expanding the empirical base for assessing these institutions.

Cities after the Fall of Communism: Reshaping Cultural Landscapes and European Identity

Cities after the Fall of Communism traces the cultural reorientation of East European cities since 1989. Analyzing the architecture, commemorative practices, and urban planning of cities such as Lviv, Vilnius, and Odessa, the contributors to this volume demonstrate how history may be selectively re-imagined in light of present political and cultural realities.