Urban Book talk at the Penn Bookstore / by Stefan Al

On December 8, Stefan Al will discuss his latest book, Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements. This book about informal urbanism, named by Architectural Record as “one of the best,” and "a fabulous piece of architecture and design graphica," argues for the value of urban villages as places. They 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.

More information: Penn IUR website