Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning
Professor Agyeman has Sharing Cities article published in TIME Magazine
9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM

Looking at mayors and developers putting technology ahead of people, Professor Agyeman examines how the result leads to inequality and undermines the public involvement. The article focuses on how real "smart cities will be those that deploy modern technology in building a new urban commons to support communal sharing."

Professor Wu featured on Public Radio International
9/4/2014 2:19:00 PM

In a Wisconsin Public Radio program, Professor Wu speaks about how migrants negotiate urban life in China’s largest city – Shanghai. This is part of an hour-long show on urban cultures, produced by To the Best of Our Knowledge. The show will air around the country during the week of September 1-7.


Professor Agyeman publishes new book - 'Incomplete Streets: Processes, practices, and possibilities'
8/26/2014 1:30:00 PM
Professor Agyeman's new book 'Incomplete Streets: Processes, practices, and possibilities' investigates the ‘Complete Streets' concept and movement in urban planning and policy which has been hailed by many as a revolution that aims to challenge the auto-normative paradigm by reversing the broader effects of an urban form shaped by the logic of keeping automobiles moving. By enabling safe access for all users, Complete Streets promise to make cities more walkable and livable and at the same time more sustainable.

His book problematizes the Complete Streets concept by suggesting that streets should not be thought of as merely physical spaces, but as symbolic and social spaces. When important social and symbolic narratives are missing from the discourse and practice of Complete Streets, what actually results are incomplete streets. The volume questions whether the ways in which complete streets narratives, policies, plans and efforts are envisioned and implemented might be systematically reproducing many of the urban spatial and social inequalities and injustices that have characterized cities for the last century or more. From critiques of a "mobility bias" rooted in the neoliberal foundations of the Complete Streets concept, to concerns about resulting environmental gentrification, the chapters in Incomplete Streets variously call for planning processes that give voice to the historically marginalized and, more broadly, that approach streets as dynamic, fluid and public social places.