On this drive-by portrait of Brazil's largest city, Justin McGuirk takes us on a tour around the sprawling metropolis, exploring the ring of social housing and favelas around it – a vast area from which many residents faced eviction as the country prepared to host the 2014 football World Cup
In his latest book the radical geographer David Harvey examines the idea of the “right to the city” and looks at ways in which urban populations around the world can reclaim the spaces that couldn’t work without them, but which they rarely control
A US economist thinks he has found a way to bring prosperity and opportunity to developing countries by creating entirely new autonomous cities, run by foreign governments and based around a charter of “good rules”. The president of Honduras wants to make the idea a reality. But could they ever be good places to live, asks Debika Ray?
In our September issue, Restless Cities, we look at cities in flux and on the edge. Icon talks to David Harvey, the author of Rebel Cities; Geoff Manaugh writes about what US military planners have in mind for so-called "feral cities", Justin McGuirk takes a road trip round São Paulo, and Debika Ray wonders if a plan to found "Charter Cities" – privately funded new cities in the developing world – could ever work.