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Outside Delhi, informal rentals provide affordable housing

Delhi, 25 November 2015 — Gurgaon, on the outskirts of Delhi, is known for its shining office towers and luxury malls. But all is not so glitzy. Many internal migrants live and work there with few housing options. The informal rental market, tested through a pilot project by micro Home Solutions, could be a potential solution to Gurgaon's woeful lack of affordable housing. See more.

المدن الجديدة في القاهرة: آفاق اقتصادية واجتماعية جديدة

Cairo, 17 November 2015
يعيش 100٪ من سكان مصر تقريبا في القاهرة والإسكندرية أو على طول ضفاف نهر النيل وقناة السويس. وتعتبر القاهرة والمناطق الرئيسية الأخرى في البلاد بعض من أكثر المناطق اكتظاظا بالسكان في العالم. وتصل الكثافة السكانية في القاهرة إلى 19,376 نسمة لكل كيلومتر مربع..
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Slum upgrading on the racially divided edges of Johannesburg

Johannesburg, 15 October 2015 — Johannesburg’s economic and spatial fragmentation – largely along racial lines – has given rise to informal settlements along apartheid-era buffer zones and at the outskirts of the city, perpetuating a landscape shaped by deep inequalities. This month we spoke to Dr. Costanza La Mantia, who recently organised an International Trans-disciplinary Workshop held at the University of the Witwatersrand in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano on patterns of peripheral poverty, using Kya Sands informal settlement on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg as a case study. The workshop aimed at collaboratively developing an incremental and integrative upgrading strategy, using design as an exploratory tool to foster negotiations and collaborations. See more.

The hard reality of the homeless in Delhi: Designing a shelter for homeless families

The teen balloon-seller outside your car window at the traffic junction, the old man behind the corner cigarette stall, the woman who sweeps your streets, the worker at the Metro construction site, the rickshaw puller in your neighbourhood - these are a few of the daily faces from the thousands of homeless people living on the streets of the capital city, Delhi. Read more.

Mitigando los problemas de vivienda en Cali

Cali, 7 agosto 2015 — Los problemas de vivienda y de asentamientos informales son a menudo las señales mas visibles de la desigualdad social que prevalece en Cali. Para mitigar estos problemas, la alcaldía ha lanzado programas centrados en la titulación, la asignación de viviendas a los más necesitados, y la asistencia en la mejora o la reparación de unidades ya existentes. Leer más.

Holistic help for Mumbai's homeless

Mumbai, 5 August 2015 — Mumbai's homeless issue, as in many major metropolises, is daunting. But in India's financial capital, the situation is unique. Street sleepers are not single individuals; they are often families — mothers, grandmothers, children, who have been there in the same spot for generations. An NGO called Pehchan has been working to address the complex and challenging circumstances of this population to improve their future opportunities. See more.

کوچه ای بهتر در محله ای فقیر

Tehran, 16 June 2015 —پروژه تخریب و بازسازی بافت های فرسوده شهری برای ساکنان این محلات عواقب اقتصادی و اجتماعی وخیمی به دنبال دارد. یک نمونه از این قبیل پروژه ها، محله "سلسبیل" در تهران است که در دهه 70 به دست بولدوزر سپرده شد. "کوچه بهتر" تجربه ای از مشارکت میان ساکنان و متخصصان شهری است که با هدف ارتقای وضعیت زندگی در این محله بازسازی شده، گرد هم آمده اند. ادامه مطلب.

Morte e vida da São Paulo abandonada

São Paulo, 12 Junho 2015 — Onda de ocupações de imóveis abandonados marca o Abril Vermelho deste ano. Movimentos de sem-teto realizaram ações coordenadas em toda a cidade para pressionar o governo a implementar políticas habitacionais efetivas. Leia mais.

Partisipasi yang membawa perubahan nyata

Surabaya, 10 Juni 2015 — Surabaya menjadi satu-satunya kota yang didatangi oleh Pelapor Khusus Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB) mengenai Hak atas Perumahan Layak tahun lalu karena dinilai berhasil menangani perumahan kumuh di Surabaya. Apa saja sebenarnya yang telah dilakukan pemerintah Surabaya serta kunci keberhasilannya sehingga membedakannya dengan daerah lain di Indonesia? Baca lebih lanjut.

Reinventing Dharavi

Mumbai, 2 June 2015 — Dharavi is one of India's — and Asia's — best-known informal settlements. Much debate has centered around its future, but little has actually been done to improve the lives of its residents. To stimulate fresh thinking on how Dharavi can reinvent the future of urban transformation, Mumbai's Urban Design Research Institute sent out a global call for ideas — and the proposals that came back have reignited the debate on the future of the city's densest settlement. See more.