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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The First “Urban Pope”

The First “Urban Pope”

A Brazilian slum, or favela, and a cross. Pope Francis’s Encyclical addresses urban poverty and inequality as well as climate change. Photo by Chico Ferreira/Flickr Pope Francis is proving to be the first “environmentalist pope.” It turns out he also may be the first urbanist pope–not counting the aptly named Pope Urban of the 3rd Century....
Suburbia Goes Global: What It Means for Urban Sustainability

Suburbia Goes Global: What It Means for Urban Sustainability

  Red tile roofs, a backyard barbecue, a clubhouse in the style of a French chateau. Welcome to Orange County. No, not Orange County, California, the famed suburban region known for its beaches and McMansions. This is Orange County, Beijing. The resemblance to an American suburb is uncanny. Of course, the water peddler pulling a tricycle...
Uber and the City

Uber and the City

 As Uber gains more control over transportation in cities, it will also inevitably gain more interests in the decisions cities make that affect public transportation It’s been a rough week for Uber. After a woman was reportedly raped by an Uber cab driver in New Delhi, India has advised all states to ban such web-based...
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...