Melissa Reese is based out of Singapore where she works as a researcher. Her current work is examining art and culture’s contribution to sustainability in cities, how to benchmark sustainable urban development, and documenting cases of urban regeneration in Asian cities. She is also interested in housing issues, as highlighted in her graduate work at NYU where she research informal settlement upgrading schemes in Metro Manila. She graduated from NYU in 2011 with a Master of Urban Planning, specializing in international development. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, exploring megacities and other adventures outdoors.
Melissa in one of the world’s oldest cities: Jerusalem.
Amy Faust has graduate degrees from New York University’s urban planning program, specializing in environmental and infrastructure planning, and the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. Originally from ten acres outside the tiny town of Bunker Hill, Illinois, she is currently working as a consultant in the sprawling city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, concentrating on climate change planning. Her past work has focused on solid waste management, environmental and social impacts of infrastructure projects in Latin America, as well as extractive industries’ impacts on poverty and the environment. An avid cyclist and amateur metalsmith, in her free time Amy can generally be found exploring Dar by bike but has yet to find a new Tanzanian welding torch. Amy’s Posts
Ariana K. MacPherson graduated from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in January 2011 with a Master of Urban Planning, specializing in international urbanization and development. Her research has focused on informal settlement upgrading processes and access to affordable housing in cities of the Global South, with a special interest in South Africa. She is also interested in the use of art, design and media towards social change, particularly in the urban context. Originally from the New York City metro area, Ariana lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where she works in research and documentation for the Secretariat of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI). Read Ariana’s Encountering Urbanization posts here. For other work, visit her personal website here.
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