The colonial legacies of our cities: tackling the modern myth of Le Corbusier

   We navigate the city as passive inhabitants, moving from one organization to the other, one order to the other, from brutalism to neoclassicism. Systematically we fail to critically engage with our surroundings. We walk by St Paul’s Cathedral, by the British Museum or the V&A. We see their grandeur, their overwhelming amount of detail….

Land ScarCITY: The Challenge of Urban Land-Constraint

With an unprecedented urbanisation rate, cities of the 21st century are facing a new set of challenges. Some cities face basic resource scarcity or are required to constantly adapt their infrastructures because of high population growth. Given the high number of coastal cities, many are, or will be, impacted by the effects of climate change….

Editorial: Urban Perspectives: Understanding the City’s Challenges

For our second issue, we wanted to offer a broad perspective of 21st century urban challenges. In 2007, for the first time in our history, the majority of the world population lived in an urban area and this urbanisation trend is showing no sign of slowing down. As a matter of fact, the near totality…

Running for your love: Tracing the life of a queer asylum seeker

Meet Muhammad Ali Baashi. He’s eighteen, a Somali teenager working for his family in the village of Barawe some fifty miles from Mogadishu. Muhammad is a lot like most teenagers, and as a teenager often does, Muhammad fell in love. Love is a universal truth, something we feel for our family, our friends, our pets,…

Case Study: Why is Feminism limited in China?

  A year after the #MeToo movement spread on social media with the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations breaking out in The New York Times, it is fair to say that Feminism has been everywhere in the Western hemisphere lately. However, whilst we regularly hear stories from Europe, North America, the Middle East and South Asia…

Brazil and Bolsonaro: The Resistance Will Be Feminist or It Won’t Be.

the 28th of October, Brazil took a radical step towards fascism with the election of Jair Bolsonaro as President of the country. Such event may seem unbelievable, but it is the outcome of an incremental crisis in brazilian politics that started after the mandate of the former President Lula da Silva. A very brief summary…

Editorial: Gender + Politics

Our first challenge: Bringing a closer yet broader lens on the interplay of gender and politics For the first of our monthly themes, we wanted to hit the ground running with a deeply contemporary and debated topic. While a fair amount of publications focus their attention on high visibility debates around this topic, we are…