Ravelejar: The Art of Neighborhood Branding (2/4)

Part 2: Constructing the Mythology of Barrio Xino Part 1 of this series (“The Barcelona Model”) was published on this site on September 30, 2015. The neighborhood of El Raval  emerged during the Middle Ages due to outward expansion beyond Barcelona’s medieval walls. Tucked next to Barcelona’s port, it first functioned to house transient populations and travellers and was an early site of criminal activity … Continue reading Ravelejar: The Art of Neighborhood Branding (2/4)

Ravelejar: The Art of Neighborhood Branding (1/4)

Part 1: The Barcelona Model Barcelona. To many, the name of this cultural capital conjures up images of beaches, ornate architecture, tapas, and wine. It is a city whose reputation precedes it. While its reputation can be, in part, attributed to the city’s world famous soccer team and representations in popular media1, Barcelona’s ascent to global city status is also the result of innovative urban … Continue reading Ravelejar: The Art of Neighborhood Branding (1/4)

Creative and Sustainable Living in Berlin

This article originally appeared in Transition Magazine, a project created by students taking the Burch Field Research Seminar in Spain and Germany. “I have lots of friends here and it is only a 500 meter walk to school. It’s great living with people who all support each other.” Berlin, Germany-In 2010, eight friends joined together with a common vision. They wanted to live together and create a place … Continue reading Creative and Sustainable Living in Berlin

Sustainability Lessons from a German Neighborhood

Rather than working in opposition to natural forces, new American developments could follow Vauban’s example and plan with them. Vauban is an ecologically-and socially-minded neighborhood of 5,000 in Freiburg, Germany. In many ways, Vauban is a successful case study in sustainable urbanism. There is academic agreement that the design at Vauban is outstanding. Nevertheless, as long as this style of living and outstanding design is … Continue reading Sustainability Lessons from a German Neighborhood

Refugees of the Mediterranean Sea

This summer, as part of the team that won the 2015 Vimy Global Team Award from the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, I began work on a project about refugees in the Mediterranean. The Vimy Grant offers funding for interdisciplinary research or service projects outside the United States. I represent the Department of City and Regional Planning, and the other two members of the team … Continue reading Refugees of the Mediterranean Sea

The Working Women of Ahmedabad

This summer, I spent three months in Ahmedabad, India. Throughout the trip, I was pulled in two directions.  The first: office-bound, collaborating with experienced staff at the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT), to help define the most rigorous yet realistic data for their monitoring and evaluation plans. The second: in the field, welcomed into the homes of over fifty women, and gaining a greater understanding … Continue reading The Working Women of Ahmedabad