Environment & Urbanization

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Book notes

With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, 13.5 million Syrians need humanitarian aid. But aid in northern Syria focuses inflexibly on food kits that are expensive to administer, designed to satisfy short-term needs. Many people sell their food aid to pay for other urgent needs.

Urban Environments in Africa attempts to fill what Garth Myers argues is a gap in scholarship: marrying environmental and urban studies in African contexts. The book mainly discusses cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants, all the way up to the megacities Cairo and Lagos.

A History of Housing in New York City is a captivating book for architects, urban planners and designers, and historians. It is also of interest for anyone wanting to know how New York’s housing has developed into what it is today.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated over 250,000 “persons of concern” were in Egypt at the end of 2015. That does not include people who have not approached UNHCR, or those who applied unsuccessfully for refugee status – the “closed files” group.

Gaza, a mostly urban and densely populated area, chronically experiences complex emergencies, with bouts of acute violence. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is aggravated by the exposure to ongoing and acute political violence.

Asian cities are on the frontline of climate change. A third of all low-elevation coastal zones in the world are located in Asia, where two-thirds of the world’s urban population reside.

Common Space: The City as Commons is the first of its kind, providing a theoretical approach to problematizing space in the city as commons and not only as a state-managed space or commodity.

At first glance, Joel Kotkin’s The Human City may appear anti-urban, with its advocacy against urban densification policies. But it is Kotkin’s prioritization of the future of cities that drives this book.

Paradoxes of Green is an unusual kind of scholarly book.

In India, peri-urban areas are too often neglected. They are fraught with institutional ambiguity, unplanned growth, poor infrastructure and environmental degradation. Many peri-urban inhabitants live in poverty and face increasing marginalization and food insecurity.