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Category Archives: Latin America

Book Review: Rethinking the Informal City

Hernandez, F., Kellett, P. and Allan, L. (eds.) Rethinking the Informal City: Critical Perspectives from Latin America. 2010. Oxford: Berghahn Books. 240 pp. ISBN 978-1-84545-582-8
Reviewed by Melanie Lombard, Global Urban Research Centre, University of Manchester (UK)

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The authors of this edited volume make a worthwhile and timely contribution to the field of Latin [...]

Book Review: Here is Tijuana!

Fiamma Montezemolo, René Peralta and Heriberto Yepez. 2006. Here is Tijuana! London: BlackDog Publishing. 192 pp. ISBN: 978 1 904772 45
Reviewed by Nurri Kim, Do Projects
My first significant personal exposure to Mexican culture (and Mexican people) was after I moved to the United States in 2003. As a Korean educated in Japan, and with no [...]

Sinking of Thirst: Mexico City and water

Mexico City’s water supply crisis affects about 8.8 million residents in the city proper, but the working population of the metropolitan area is closer to 18 million.  The city is sinking because of the depletion of ground water aquifers.

Photos of the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay

Scenes from Guantánamo Bay

An arrow in the recreation yard at Camp Delta, Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba points the direction to Mecca, the Islamic holy city, so the detainees know which way to face if the call to prayer sounds while they are outside. Every cell and recreation yard has similar arrows. Photo taken in [...]

Salman Rushdie and the Festival of Ideas

Comments from Salman Rushdie on freedom, religion, growing up in Bombay and England, and the theme of fear and happiness in the modern world and how it is anticipated in earlier imperial moments, such as the mid 1400s which saw the discovery of America, the flowering of Venice and Florence and, far to the east, [...]