Thathiana Gurgel on the legal situation in Rio that encouraged the creation of numerous community-led programs.
Viviane Ribeiro on how social media can give a voice to the informal city.
Social media is more than just a tool for light-hearted tweeting. In Rio’s favelas, it’s giving the informal city a voice.
Over 3 million people call Nairobi home. We recently visited the Kenyan capital and found a city of great contrast - one where old and new sit side by side in the city centre and gated communities sit alongside massive slums.
Thanks for the question, lifemade. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to it! Slums are typically informal developments, so change would either require significant cooperation from those who live in the slums, or recognition from governments as to the status of the slum and then action to address the issues. The challenge with the former is engaging and uniting a large group of people, and turning that engagement into action on a significant scale. The difficult thing with the latter is the politics of politics, and the massive cost and legal challenges associated with turning a slum from an informal into a formal development. In both cases, the value of the proposed changes needs to be communicated to a large group of stakeholders. Strong communication skills are therefore a must, whichever approach you took.
Could one of India’s biggest slums be considered a sustainable community? Maybe so, argues Rachel Smith, citing sense of place, buzzing atmosphere and active citizens. What do you think? Can a slum be a sustainable community?
Rachel Smith considers whether one of India’s biggest slum has more sense of community than the Australian city she lives in
Since 2004 a committed group of residents in Soweto Village East, one of Kibera’s 12 villages, has been agitating for a radical plan: They want to see the single-story shanties demolished and replaced by 600 units in high-rise apartment buildings. They may get their wish, as such a plan is the pilot project for KENSUP, the Kenyan Slum Upgrading Programme.
Marietta Kesting writes about the history of Hillbrow’s built environment in Shook Magazine.
The rise of the West is over.
Rural villages worldwide are shrinking, and at a particularly speedy rate in non-Western countries. As people flock to cities to live in squatter camps and slums, Stewart Brand considers the positive aspects of this change.
Although not the most captivating speaker, he raises some interesting points and presents a simple argument for the continued urbanisation of our world.
By Joe Peach
Stewart Brand - Environmentalist, and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog