Dhravi Slum, Mumbai, India; Courtesy of Flickr User ToGa Wanderings; Licensed via Creative Commons

Slum Rehabilitation Promise to Mumbai's 20 Million

Dhravi Slum, Mumbai, India is home to nearly one million residents living far below accepted standards for living.

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The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

For the last month, photographer Narciso Contreras has been showing the destruction in Aleppo, Syria. Here, people walk past damaged homes during heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces

Music of My Mind Made Manifest: Kowloon Walled City (Nightmare)

the future in postapocalyptic fiction is usually a combination of elegantly dirty monochrome and soft vintage relics. The reality will be an ugly chaos of discarded plastic and rotting waste. rubbish_inside_kowloon_w_c

Vertical Slums • Hong Kong

Vertical slums might not be the solution either. We need to find ways to create micro economies within slums that target infrastructural growth, and built sustainably by the inhabitants themselves.

Close up of Brazilian hillside Favelas, which are a common sight throughout Brazil's major cities, are home to millions of urban poor and rural migrants who leave the countryside seeking jobs. Many of the slums are plagued by violence linked to drug trafficking.

Close up of Brazilian hillside Favelas, which are a common sight throughout Brazil's major cities, are home to millions of urban poor and rural migrants who leave the countryside seeking jobs. Many of the slums are plagued by violence linked to drug traff

Vertical Slums • Caracas, Venezuela                                                                                                                                                      More

23 de Enero, Caracas, Venezuela de enero” is the name of one of Caracas biggest slums)

Kowloon Walled City, New Kowloon, Hong Kong

Week 8 - As a collective whole, architects/municipal directors and city planners should better the plumbing and electricity connections to the slum areas. As providing equal amenities and resources to all the residents in a city is a right.

One of the great contributions to the richness of Hong Kong’s urban scene were without doubt the caged balconies that lined the elevations not only of the Walled City, but also of many of the city’s other older tenement buildings. Sadly now but a distant memory, since they were classified as illegal structures in the late 1990s and torn down, these practical and otherwise very necessary additions to life in a tiny apartment were a source of constant delight.

One of the great contributions to the richness of Hong Kong’s urban scene were without doubt the caged balconies that lined the elevations not only of the Walled City, but also of many of the city’s other older tenement buildings. Sadly now but a distant

The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, 1866. John Hill Morgan (b 1833), platinum print. This view was recorded five years before Steep Street, curving away to the left, was demolished and replaced by a realigned road, Colston Street. Steep Street existed in the medieval period when it was the main road from the centre of Bristol to Gloucester.

The junction of Steep Street and Trenchard Street, Bristol, 1866 John Hill Morgan,

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