“When he was fine tuning the script of his award-winning movie on marginalised conservancy workers, Dr Biju K Damodaran had an experience which shaped his film, Perariyathavar, or Names Unknown, like nothing else could.”
Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi is no stranger to global starchitecture, having joined OMA in 2001. In 2010, he took off to establish his own office, NLÉ – which means ‘at home’ in Yoruba, the language of Africa’s first truly urbanized population. ‘I am constantly inspired by solutions we discover in everyday life in the world’s developing cities,’ he says. The documentary focuses on his efforts in the slums of Port Haricourt. Although Makoko was founded as a fishing village in the 18th century, it now has a population of over 85,000. Rising sea level and stronger torrential rains mean that the settlement is under constant threat, whereas Port Harcourt waterfront is being eyed by real-estate developers. Working against forced clearance and displacement of the slum’s residents, the architects at NLÉ have instead proposed to replace the urban tissue with floating structures. The first prototype, the Makoko Floating School, uses a series of barrels and an A-frame timber structure to create an educational space for 100 local children, and made worldwide headlines when it was photographed by Iwan Baan in 2013.
With the Millennium Development Goals nearing their deadline, the development sector has been rife with speculation about what the post-2015 development agenda will look like and what role, if any, higher education should play in this future outlook.
Aurelio Parisotto, Senior Economist in the ILO’s MULTILATERALS Department, talks about the organization’s efforts to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the road ahead Post-2015. ('The MDGs and beyond: An ILO perspective'.
Urban Planners Must Prepare for More Slums AllAfrica.com South Africa, where there are over a million households in informal settlements, was praised for being "proactive in improving existing slums", but this claim appears to be based on...
Rethinking the city building CNNMoney Uproar ensued. The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights protested. The man was eventually reinstated, and for the moment, Bogotá's waste-pickers are still on the job.
"C'est à cause de l'eau. Elle a vomi, et quand je l'ai touchée, elle s'est mise à pleurer", puis elle est morte. Keabetswe Wageng a perdu en juin son bébé de cinq mois, victime comme tant d'autres du manque d'eau potable en Afrique du Sud.
LAGOS, 14 février 2014 (AFP) - Lagos, mégalopole nigériane de 20 millions d'habitants, produit 10.000 tonnes d'ordures par jour, dont une partie s'amoncèle à même le sol dans les ruelles animées des bidonvilles et flottent dans l'eau verdâtre des...
In several Asian countries, the numbers of the urban poor have risen over the 1990–2008 period, lending strength to the proposition that as Asian economies become more urbanized, they may face increasing urban poverty with some urban scholars labeling...
The Guardian (blog) We can solve the water sanitation crisis, but we need your help The Guardian (blog) The lack of access to safe water and sanitation has had a devastating impact on those living at the base of the economic pyramid (BOP).
In the decade since the late C.K.Prahalad first published the ideas that became the basis of the influential book The Fortune At The Bottom Of The Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits business leaders have been grappling with the challenge...
Open Democracy Structuring our beloved communities? Open Democracy In societies built on deeply unequal power dynamics, we often need to be reminded of equality, wherever we are used to finding ourselves in the social pyramid.
Des mesures pour renforcer l'efficacité de la politique de l'eau seront présentées ce mercredi en Conseil des ministres.
La ministre de l'Ecologie, Ségolène Royal, présente mercredi 23 juillet des mesures pour renforcer l'efficacité de la politique de l'eau, critiquée notamment pour son manque de résultats dans la lutte contre les nitrates et les pesticides.
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