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.