Current affairs – elections, public controversies, violent conflicts, disasters – often have a strong urban dimension. IJURR and our accompanying book series offer lengthier reflections on urban life, published along academic timelines. This new web feature offers a space for similarly critical and reflective, yet more immediate responses to a range of pressing urban affairs. Where possible, we link these brief essays on “The Urban Now” to previously published articles on related topics and themes.

We welcome suggestions for new contributions here.

 Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.


Chaotic Notes on the Recent Brazilian Presidential Election
by Raquel Rolnik









Streets and Social Media: An Urban Genealogy of the Politics of Aesthetics in Brazil’s 2018 Presidential Election
by Carly Machado






Eviction and Displacement from the Neighbourhood of Douar Wasti in Casablanca, Morocco
by Stefano Portelli and Loretta Lees