Thursday 19 April 2018
St Antony’s College, Oxford
Themes for Comparison
Roundtable 1a Health & Safety
The word “safety” might seem to have a shared meaning for most people (violence-free, non-criminogenic spaces). However, perceptions of fear, understandings of policing and civil assignments, and views of violence, crime and punishment may also vary greatly with urban context. How can we compare the standards, aspirations, and costs of “safety” across cities? Are “safe cities” an engine for healthy cities? To what extent is the use of open spaces conditioned to perceptions of safety?
Roundtable 1b: Shelter & Ownership
Affordable housing is universally recognized as a priority for cities. Do different cities require different approaches to shelter and ownership? For example, what are the limits of informal land privatization as a global shelter solution? Alternatively, what models can cities of the Global South offer to those of the North? How can shelter and ownership goals (volume of, forms of ownership, and tolerance for autoconstruction) be adjusted according to context?