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October 5, 2010, 5am PDT
As the Commonwealth Games get underway in New Delhi, India, locals are upset that officials have made efforts to hide slum areas from the view of visitors.
Los Angeles Times
September 16, 2010, 9am PDT
The population of India's slums is expected to rise close to 100 million in 2011.
Tiny Green Bubble
September 11, 2010, 11am PDT
Many people have argued that global cities can take lessons from informal communities like Dharavi and the favelas of Brazil. Designers Pavlina Ilieva and Kuo Pao Lian have created a new framework for city development based on these informal cities.
The Futurist
August 11, 2010, 5am PDT
Redeveloping the slums of Rio de Janeiro has been on the city's agenda for decades. Despite the many challenges, some new efforts seem to be paying off.
People's Daily
March 31, 2010, 5am PDT
Brazilian slums represent huge segments of the country's urban population, especially in Sao Paulo. Upgrading them into economically sustainable segments of the city is a challenge, but a new toolkit offers a path to success.
March 29, 2010, 10am PDT
With increasing urbanization spreading throughout global cities, Justin McGuirk argues that city design is the biggest challenge acing designers.
February 24, 2010, 5am PST
This article from <em>The Prospect</em> looks at slums and squatter cities. Author Stewart Brand, editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, calls them "unexpectedly green".
January 26, 2010, 5am PST
The city of Baghdad is looking to revitalize its Sadr City slum through a $10 billion, 10-year redevelopment plan.
January 1, 2010, 11am PST
The Walled City of Kowloon, Hong Kong was demolished in 1993, but remains a symbol of what happens when a city evolves anarchically. It was known as 'Hak Nam', or 'City of Darkness.'
Design Observer
November 24, 2009, 9am PST
The World Bank recently released its 10-year strategy for addressing urban issues, focusing specifically on slum areas. <em>Next American City</em>'s Josh Leon takes a look at the plan and finds much to be desired.
Next American City
September 23, 2009, 8am PDT
In an effort to replace slums with low-cost housing, Morocco is paying developers to create thousands of new apartments. Some slum residents see it as a boon, others say they couldn't afford the rent, even if it were subsidized.
BBC News
May 14, 2009, 10am PDT
Utopian modernism turned on its head in Caracas, where residents have made fifty-year-old superblock housing projects into the locus of sprawling improvised settlements.
Triple Canopy
Blog post
March 31, 2009, 3pm PDT

Watching Slumdog Millionaire, the Oscar winning film of 2008 that is being released on DVD today, can be a bracing experience for those accustomed to the conveniences of Western living. The destitute living is accurately and graphically depicted and is all too real for those that have seen it. Yet, the real danger is letting the poverty obscure a larger, perhaps more important lesson about urban places: Many of these urban slums are functioning, productive cities in their own right, and represent an intergenerational path toward economic improvement.

Samuel Staley
March 5, 2009, 1pm PST
Slums have garnered some positive attention lately, from academics (Teddy Cruz) to royalty (Prince Charles). This article looks at just what it is we can learn from them, as well as the challenges that face legitimizing the world's shantytowns.
The Boston Globe
February 28, 2009, 7am PST
This piece ponders whether slum tourism in places like Dharavi and the favelas of Brazil is a valid form of cultural exchange or merely voyeuristic exploitation?
National Geographic Traveler
February 23, 2009, 1pm PST
A look inside the real slum featured in the movie "Slumdog Millionaire". The film won 8 Oscars including Best Picture.
The New York Times
February 17, 2009, 10am PST
More than $1 billion has been invested in a Vancouver slum area, but little improvement can be seen, according to this investigation from <em>The Globe and Mail</em>.
The Globe and Mail
February 11, 2009, 8am PST
According to Prince Charles, Dharavi, the slum featured in 'Slumdog Millionaire,' should be considered a model for the rest of the developing world.
The Guardian
January 6, 2009, 12pm PST
Plans to erect a concrete "eco barrier" around Rio's slum areas being heavily criticized by human rights activists and environmentalists.
Guardian (UK)
December 27, 2008, 5am PST
This audio slideshow from <em>Financial Times</em> looks at the severe shortage of clean water in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and what some activists are trying to do to provide clean water for the dwellers of the city's illegal slums.
Financial Times