David Schoen is currently pursuing a dual Masters in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture at the Harvard GSD, and holds a degree in Political Science from Williams College. He is interested in the relationship between the processes of urbanization, their impact on ecological and social systems and attempts (both institutionalized and self-managed) to mediate this relationship. Over the past year he has worked as a research assistant for the Rethinking Social Housing in Mexico [RESHIM] project with Diane Davis, with responsibilities including extensive field work in Cancun and Oaxaca. He has also worked on the elaboration of a strategic plan for the municipality of Caucaia, Brazil with the office of Fausto Nilo Arquitetos. The Mexican Cities Initiative offers an exciting opportunity to delve further into the repercussions of, and adaptations to, rapid urbanization in the Latin American context.