Slums

Researchers are building a more complete archive of life in slums, home to one-third of the urban population of developing countries. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) rejects assumptions about the benefits of slums.
Feb 10, 2014   The Economist
Faced with climate change and poverty, Africans are focusing on a new farming frontier: the cities.
Nov 28, 2011   OnEarth
The slums are either a socially cohesive neighborhoods or a major problem -- depending on who you are. This exploration into the slums of Manila show the disconnect between the people and the government about the slums and their future.
Aug 18, 2011   New Statesman
Paul Mason takes a tour of Manila's 10-year-old Estero de San Miguel slum to test the theory that slums have upsides and finds that understanding the question's realities is as important as trying to find the answer.
Aug 16, 2011   BBC
The emergent urbanism of informal settlements has posed problems to governments in the Third World, and some are looking to address equality issues by issuing land titles. But one approach skips the titles and focuses on simple zoning.
Jul 10, 2011   Old Urbanist
Informal settlements like slums and favelas have been perplexing governments in Latin America for decades. A new report looks at two of the ways governments are addressing these areas, and the challenges that remain.
Jun 1, 2011   Citiwire
The slums of the world's megacities have been the subject of much admiration among urban thinkers recently. Joel Kotkin argues that adulation is misguided.
Apr 5, 2011   New Geography
This collection of city profiles looks at cities around the world that are making major improvements to the way they handle and provide water.
Mar 24, 2011   National Geographic
As the city of Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, residents there say many of the projects underway are violating their rights.
Feb 26, 2011   The Globe and Mail
An Australian report finds that suburbs in Australia may be on the path to slum status if the country's oil addiction is not resisted.
Feb 16, 2011   Treehugger
Communities in the slums of India are well known for "making do". A new exhibit looks at how that spirit of innovation and adaptation plays out in these cities and how other cities can learn from them.
Feb 14, 2011   The Architect's Newspaper