Andrew Stokols writes on global urbanization and international development with a focus on China and Asia. In China, he has worked as a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow at a rural development NGO and was a Fulbright Scholar studying urbanization in western China. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy. He is currently a Masters in Urban Planning candidate at Harvard GSD.
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My Seoul Neighborhood: Yeonhui

My Seoul Neighborhood: Yeonhui

Strolling amongst quiet alleys and happening upon small boutique stores, organic groceries, and well-designed cafes…we must be in a city like New York, San Francisco, London. But Seoul? Yeonhui-dong, my neighborhood, is just such a place. It’s not exactly on the tourist map, but its not that out of the way—just a 10 minute walk...
Exploring Seoul's Urban Form

Exploring Seoul’s Urban Form

Looking at a city’s urban form, or its general layout of physical features (streets, block sizes, buildings), can tell us a lot about a city: how it developed, how walkable it is, what era it dates from. In his book Great Streets, UC Berkeley urban design professor and former SF Director of City Planning  Allan...
The Other "Square People"

The Other “Square People”

Thailand’s military declares a coup for the second time in 8 years, India elects a prime minister who has called himself a Hindu nationalist and looked the other way as over 1000 Muslims were slaughtered in his city, Japan’s Shinzo Abe begins an effort to ‘reinterpret’ the country’s pacifist constitution to allow for a broader...
Seoul: Cute Urbanism

Seoul: Cute Urbanism

Two weeks after arriving in Seoul, I’m ready to write my first post on the city that has rapidly become known as one of the most forward-thinking, innovative, stylish cities in the world.  Only a decade or so ago, Seoul had a similar reputation as Beijing currently has: polluted and industrial.  Today, it presents a...
This Chart Explains Nothing!

This Chart Explains Nothing!

For a country long thought to be geographically-challenged, maps are suddenly all the rage.  Every day a new map seems to be taking the Internets by storm, purporting to show everything from the most popular brands in each state to countries most open to foreigners. Epitomized by bloggers like Ezra Klein and Max Fisher of The...
What Can Los Angeles Learn from Tokyo?

What Can Los Angeles Learn from Tokyo?

On first glance, Los Angeles and Tokyo seem about as different as two cities can be.  Los Angeles is a sprawling disaster built around the automobile, with inadequate public transit, low density, and great economic and social inequality.  Tokyo is usually depicted as a hyper-modern model of Asian efficiency, high density and planned around rail...
Bangkok: Reinventing the Mall and the Museum

Bangkok: Reinventing the Mall and the Museum

I headed to Bangkok in February hoping to escape the terrible pollution and winter malaise of Northern China.  The Thai capital is usually associated with crazy nightlife, sexpats, or exotic temples and monks.  But one of things I found most interesting was the handful of modern malls that form a kind of civic center of...