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