U of T magazine cites Deb Cowen’s research in the NFB’s Emmy-winning HIGHRISE project
Tower Trouble: In India, urban renewal schemes and corruption have created a violent economy around the demolition of apartment buildings.
Rapid urbanization worldwide means high-rise apartment buildings have sprouted on the peripheries of new megacities, such as Karachi, Delhi and Lagos.
Deborah Cowen, a professor of geography, is interested in the political lives of people who occupy these buildings. She has teamed up with Emily Paradis, a research associate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and with the National Film Board’s Emmy-winning HIGHRISE project, a multimedia documentary that explores “vertical living” in 21 global cities.