Posts Tagged slum upgrading

Inclusive and Urban – Design With The Other 90%: Cities

Innovative responses to the complex challenge of urban poverty, Design With the Other 90%: Cities, are on exhibition in at the United Nations Headquarters lobby. By merely choosing to exhibit “concrete” improvements in the livelihoods of the world’s poor, The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum exhibit breathes […]

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There Goes the Neighborhood- Slum Relocation and Sustaining Communities

In a recent BBC News special, economist Paul Mason took viewers on a tour of Estero de San Miguel, a slum located in Manila, Philippines. In a dark and overcrowded tunnel under a bridge, he saw the contradictions of life in slums on every corner: Business college graduates […]

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Abandoned: Art in a Failing Mumbai Affordable Housing Development

As new affordable housing solutions remain a hot topic of discussion in India, architectural photographer Deepshikha Jain is instead focusing on an already existing semi-vacant housing project in New Mumbai through an artist’s lens. Take a closer look at her work and the details of her recent […]

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A Woman’s Place is in the Home – Women in Affordable Housing Markets

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern At SOCAP Europe this past week, I had the pleasure to talk to Jackie Vanderbrug of Criterion Venture’s Women Effect Investments initiative about how monitoring and evaluation efforts need to integrate gender […]

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Building It Right The First Time – Demolished Hopes in China and Beyond

A recent report by the Chinese Daily draws attention to issues of building and policy standards for public housing. Six new government-subsidized apartment buildings in Beijing were demolished by public officials due to faulty building materials and improper reinforcement. China plans to build 5.8 million more government-subsidized apartments over the course of […]

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SAATH: New Business Models in Slums

SAATH is an NGO dedicated to creating change in the slums of Ahmedabad. By utilizing market-based strategies, SAATH’s efforts impact the lives of over 100,000 slum dwellers in Ahmedabad, as well as Gujarat and Rajasthan. One of SAATH’s compelling missions is “creating inclusive cities” so we were […]

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Yatin Pandya: An Architect Innovating for Inclusion and Sustainability

We went to visit Yatin Pandya of Footprints E.A.R.T.H, an architect noted for his career-long commitment to sustainability in cities as the head of research at the Vastu Shilpa Foundation for 20 years. His projects feature extensive use of recycled materials, participatory development and emphasis on low […]

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Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC): Putting Together Developers, Buyers and Financing for Affordable Housing

My meeting with Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC), one of Monitor Inclusive Market’s partners, focused on their successful business model for getting low cost and affordable housing built and homebuyers financed. MHFC is a young and growing housing finance company; one of their model innovations allows them […]

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