Cuba and Japan: Two islands at night

The recent visit of Barack Obama to Cuba made me think of the urban and rural habitats of this country. I would like to relate the Caribbean state with another island, Japan. Both have tended to isolate themselves from the rest of the world; Japan in the first half of the 20th century and Cuba for…

Mobility and Space in the Dispersed City

Mobility requires infrastructures. Movement within urban and rural habitats involves constant supply of energy and maintenance to motorized automobiles. Data from the book The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility: Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics tells us that in 1960 the motor vehicle industry manufactured 16.5 million units, 29.4 million in 1970, and 48.6 million in 1990. During…

Sustainable Orientalism: A review

I have proposed the concept of Sustainable Orientalism on my latest paper published by the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In this paper I offer the concept of Sustainable Orientalism to examine contemporary institutions that shape the idea of sustainability in Western cities, and how their characteristics are transmitted to non-Western…

The Intermittent City

The Intermittent City is a blog that focuses on fragments of human habitats. Their virtual and physical flows emerge and dissolve everyday. They all share spasmodic cycles in the built environment, from alpha cities such as Tokyo to the poorest settlements on Earth. Here I study the properties of this dislocation from the fields of architecture and cultural…