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Urban Book Talk: Villages in the City

  • Penn Book Store 3601 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

University of Pennsylvania’s Associate Professor of Urban Design, Stefan Al, will discuss his latest book, Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements. The edited volume argues for the value of urban villages as places that offer an important, affordable, and well-located entry point for migrants into the city as well as vital mixed-use, spatially diverse, and pedestrian-oriented alternative to the prevailing monotonous modernist-planning paradigm in China. Yet, most of these urban villages are on the brink of destruction. This event is co-sponsored by the following Penn partners: Penn Institute for Urban Research; Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, School of Arts and Sciences; Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design; Mellon Humanities, Urbanism, Design (H+U+D) Initiative; and Perry World House. This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.