Robert Neuwirth: The “shadow cities” of the future

Rachel, here in reference to your research on ‘refugee settlement turning into permanent settlements’ this will be a very interesting talk (and book that Neuwirth has written).


Robert Neuwirth, author of Shadow Cities, takes us on a tour of the world’s squatter cities, where a billion people now make their homes, and finds them to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation, where tomorrow’s leaders will likely be born. Neuwirth spent months in the slums around Nairobi, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro and Istanbul, which receive thousands of new rural migrants a day. Life there is constrained by material conditions, but it thrives: Markets develop, real estate grows, political organization emerges. “These are real neighborhoods,” he says, “a legitimate form of urban development.”




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