Rio de Janeiro, which is hosting soccer's World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, is trying to remake its hundreds of favelas.
There are urban geography applications obviously, but what about the cultural, political and economic logic of purging the slums before "the world comes to visit?" We've seen this recently in Beijing and in other sites of international events. Why now? Why not before?
Many cities are large; the rate at which these ten cities highlight a distinct spatial pattern and separate them from the rest. Which regions have the fastest growing cities? Which regions don't? Why geographic factor account for the rapid growth?
“Design With the Other 90 Percent: Cities,” a show organized by the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, shows how the problems of millions of the world’s poorest people are being addressed.
Last week was heavy on the #OWS movement (I was speaking at a forum on my campus, so it was most certainly on my mind). On the flip side, what about the 1%? Do any of their foundations and charitable donations seek to counterbalance poverty in some of the slums? This is a timely reminder that while the system may be imbalanced, there are great people and fantastic projects all around the world bringing hope to communities, one person at a time.
An unfinished skyscraper occupied by squatters is a symbol of Venezuela’s financial crisis in the 1990s, state control of the economy and a housing shortage.
Incredible paradigm shift as a skyscraper is converted from a symbol of wealth is occupied by squatters. The lack of a vibrant formal economy and more formal housing leads to a lack of suitable options for many urban residents--especially with problems in the rural countryside. A complex web of geographic factors need to be explained to understand this most fascinating situation. The video link "Squatters on the Skyline" embedded in the article is a must see.
"Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to 3 billion. But in the past 50 years, the global population has more than doubled, and the UN projects that it could possibly grow to 15 billion by the year 2100. As the international organization points out, this increasing rate of change brings with it enormous challenges."
This is an inspiring project that seeks to elevate poor slum-dwelling Indians by providing educational resources to children. As free computer terminals are made available, their literacy skills soar and possibilities are widened. Visit the projects homepage at: http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/ ;
This is modern cosmopolitan Bangkok, the second most expensive Southeast Asian city after Singapore. Along with explosive city growth, the demand for urban housing has increased substantially. Due to a lack of sufficient and affordable housing, communities have settled into the cracks, eliciting a diagnosed social and institutional ‘pocket-urbanism’ that forms barriers of interaction among communities, and certainly between communities and authority figures...
We're often told that Detroit has been abandoned—but the metro area is stable, and addressing sprawl is still a challenge...
Population size and physical size...not always as correlated as one might assume in this age of urban sprawl. This details some of the difficulties in revitalizing abandoned sections of a city when the economic motive to expand outward is so easy.