Tag: The Future of Cities

The Future of Cities

June 2016

A Guernica special issue.

Where There Is No Water and Nothing Grows

June 2016

The Future of Cities: If the reason Haiti suffers is just bad luck, some voodoo curse, then maybe we bear no responsibility, maybe we can confine it to some distant dimension.

Beautiful Objects, Blighted Spaces

June 2016

The Future of Cities: The Chicago-based urban design team on rebuilding neighborhoods, gentrification, and the “magic” of Theaster Gates.

Rich Eyes and Poor Hands

June 2016

The Future of Cities: In the aftermath of the most recent attacks in Paris, the writer considers a city wavering between gravity and light.

Opportunity for the Unknown

June 2016

The Future of Cities: The city planner on what Rio’s favelas can teach global cities, when communities become brands, and the value of informality.

I Didn’t Leave My Heart in Beijing

By Xiaolu Guo
June 2016

The future of Beijing? That depends on the many currents running through the political seas of the country, and the world around it. Will it be the capital of the last communist country on earth? Will it be the capital of the wealthiest capitalist economy? Will some semblance of its former beauty return?

Cities of the Future

June 2016

The Future of Cities: Ten writers on the places they immigrated from, returned to, remember, call home.

The Avenue of Faiths

By Salar Abdoh, with thanks to Habibe Jafarian
June 2016

n the crowded bus there was an Iraqi woman who was utterly lost; she did not know where her hotel was. With their broken Arabic, the other riders managed to figure out where she was staying and told the driver. The driver, in turn, halted the bus right in front of the Iraqi woman’s hotel— the hotel of a woman from a country Iran had fought a bloody eight-year war with.

Bitter Almond Bushes

By Rachel Holmes
June 2016

Cape Town is blessed in the beauty pageant of luxury tourism. Hotels, swimming pools, golf courses, and gated playgrounds proliferate to pamper the wealthy. No bounty from the seductions of one of the world’s most vibrant, pluralistic cities is shared with the low-waged who make this wealth.

A Snowy Bogotá

By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
June 2016

When I go back to Bogotá, I like to share my knowledge of the car bombs that went off in the city in the ’80s and ’90s. I helpfully point out the gory details to cab drivers and friends. I press my finger on the window and point at corners, “That’s the spot where an ATM blew up, seven dead.”

Another Independence

By Rana Dasgupta
June 2016

It is already becoming clear that the efficacy of the old imperial strategy of “divide and rule”—caste against caste, religion against religion, temporary worker against permanent—is running out. The ability of India’s rural poor to endure cruelty is admittedly stupendous, but it is not, as their industrial overlords fondly believed, infinite.

New York, My Love

By Frederic Tuten
June 2016

The hospital is gone, another going, our clinic is gone, our local supermarket gone and another about to leave; a church, its school and active playground, are gone. Once people could live near where they worked, but now they can’t afford to and, in any case, where they worked no longer exists.

The Boa’s Embrace

By Daniel Saldaña París, translated by Lizzie Davis
June 2016

The hyper-diversification of narco-capitalism will produce fantastic dealers, who, for interested parties, will offer tanks of oxygen, water for human consumption, and substandard drugs, the kind whose memory lives on for days in the form of jaw pain and bloodshot eyes.

The Bubble

By Etgar Keret, translated by Sondra Silverston
June 2016

During the difficult times that the bleeding Middle East as a whole and Israel in particular are enduring, times of religious fundamentalism, violence, racism, and despair, Tel Aviv has indeed been a bubble—a bubble that continues to draw to it many who still believe we can build a better future through action and not just through prayer.

Those Who Stay

By Dan Sheehan
June 2016

The government will finally run out of excuses and be forced to hold a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment, also known as the constitutional ban on abortion. Despite all the progress we’ve made, a woman’s right to choose still represents a Brave New World for Ireland, and many will fight tooth and nail to maintain its continuing inaccessibility.

Women, Winning

June 2016

The Future of Cities: The journalist and She Shapes the City co-founder on the women behind Nairobi’s rapidly changing identity.

Surveillance Revisited

June 2016

The Future of Cities: The ICP curator on urban panopticons, humans as data, and the selfie.

A Changeless Place

June 2016

The Future of Cities: The artist on his portraits of disaster, invoking empathy, and Godzilla as “the loneliest guy in the world.”


June 2016

Future of Cities: “Department of Buildings,” said Frank. “We have a complaint. Can we come in?”

Friend of the Indians

June 2016

The Future of Cities: “There are hundreds, perhaps a thousand empty villages in Spain like your Valdaves: abandoned, then forgotten. I find them new owners...”

Labor Day

June 2016

The Future of Cities: any word / traced to its origin is a small boy begging for water

Migrant Is Not a Metaphor

June 2016

The Future of Cities: A migrant learns to love as mothers do, / by trying and trying again.