Informal Settlements

September 25, 2014, 1pm PDT
In an effort to tap into new users, companies like Google and Microsoft are racing to map the winding, informal streets of Brazil's slums in Rio de Janeiro.
The Wall Street Journal
Feature
October 10, 2013, 4pm PDT
In an excerpt from his new book, Anthony Townsend explains how a volunteer effort is combining consumer technologies with open source GIS to chart one of Africa’s largest and most notorious slums.
Anthony Townsend
September 13, 2013, 10am PDT
Asserting a controversial opinion, Michael McQuarrie takes a fresh look at the state of community development by comparing it to the slums in Mumbai. These vibrant and economically active slums make him wonder: have we created a dependent poor?
Shelterforce
July 17, 2013, 12pm PDT
A mapping effort led by a group of cartographers called the Spatial Collective is helping to make visible what it's like to live in the Nairobi slum of Mathare. By giving form to the informal settlement, its problems are being made evident.
NPR
May 23, 2013, 10am PDT
A proposal for a vertical neighborhood in Delhi is long on height but short on insight, according to Greg Randolph of the American India Foundation. Is Delhi ‘poised to repeat the public housing mistakes of the West’?
The Global Urbanist
May 7, 2013, 1pm PDT
Indian journalist Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar examines the opportunities that informal settlements provide to the poor and unskilled for ascending economic and social ladders.
Next City
March 10, 2013, 9am PDT
Flavie Halais looks at both successful and unsuccessful cases of alleviating slum conditions on three continents. For the best results, practitioners must be more adept at problem solving and creativity than pure design.
Architectural Record
March 7, 2013, 2pm PST
Marcus Tudehope offers 12 reasons why community-led counting and mapping of the urban poor can be an effective tool for putting "power and democracy" into their hands.
The Global Urbanist
March 4, 2013, 2pm PST
Adam Nossiter reports on the latest episode in Lagos's quest to become a "premier business center" - the demolition of the Badia East slum, which instantly left 10,000 residents homeless.
The New York Times
November 24, 2012, 7am PST
Martha Bridegam investigates the aftermath of a forced eviction at a homeless encampment in San Francisco. Do the homeless deserve to be criminalized?
The Global Urbanist
January 18, 2012, 12pm PST
Kerwin Datu reflects on the implications of treating the world's diverse mixed-use slums as residential only enclaves.
The Global Urbanist
November 11, 2011, 8am PST
Evelio Contreras and Philip Kennicott film the Occupy movement transforming MacPherson Square into an urban hub, in one of Washington's central nodal points.
The Washington Post
October 14, 2011, 9am PDT
A new exhibition curated by the Cooper-Hewitt in New York illustrates how the design community is trying to reshape itself as more collaborative than 'pedagogic or paternalistic.'
The Atlantic
Feature
June 20, 2011, 10am PDT

Informal settlements - unregulated, makeshift housing - create substantial safety and health risks in Latin American countries.

Gregory K. Ingram
June 1, 2011, 10am PDT
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.
Citiwire
September 16, 2010, 9am PDT
The population of India's slums is expected to rise close to 100 million in 2011.
Tiny Green Bubble
January 18, 2010, 10am PST
In this paper, Gustavo Rivera Jr. (Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago) evaluates the economic and sociocultural impact of recently developed public housing estates within the favelas of Belo Horizonte.
The Urban Reinventors Online Urban Journal
September 10, 2008, 7am PDT
Luanda, Angola has brushed past Tokyo and London to be the world's most expensive city, and slums cover much of the city's prime real estate.
The Globe and Mail
May 19, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This article from the <em>Harvard Design Magazine</em> looks at slums in Latin America and discusses the important role they play in their cities. Preserving the positive qualities of these communities is increasingly preferred over slum clearance.</p>
Harvard Design Magazine