The Roots and Routes of Global Cities
Since the 1950s, more and more of the world’s population live in cities. According to the UN, the world’s urban population is expected to surpass six billion by 2045. Much of the expected urban growth will take place in countries of developing regions, particularly Africa, but also Asia and Latin America. Managing urban areas, including the population flows that contribute to the growth of these cities, has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century. This seminar explores the relationship between urban spaces and the mobilities that constitute them. We will read from a range of sources and screen major documentary films for each case we address.