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space in the city

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Shrinking space in crowded cities – pictures from BBC.

Written by Peter Rudd

April 13, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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compost creates income

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Sustainable cities looks like an interesting website – it seems less manipulative and eager to sell and broader than most.

From the article Nairobi: Compost creates income for park maintenance:

Lack of toilet facilities and waste dominating public places is a reality in many places all over the world. A slum in Nairobi, Kenya, has come up with a possible answer to the challenge by creating parks that contain toilets and compost facilities. The compostable waste of the area is used to produce compost, which is sold locally as fertilizer and generates income used to maintain the park and toilets. The case may inspire others to bring sustainable economy into waste management systems and parks.

Written by Peter Rudd

March 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

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the places we live

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The Places We Live, from Magnum Photos, is a beautiful collection of images, street sounds and narratives from some of the world’s slums, including Caracas, Kibera in Nairobi, Dharavi in Mumbai and Jakarta.

From the website:

For the first time in history, there are more people living in cities than in urban areas.  Urban slums are the world’s fastest growing human habitat. 

Written by Peter Rudd

March 4, 2009 at 11:08 pm

dharavi: mumbai’s shadow city

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Remember the opening chase scene from Slumdog Millionaire?  It and the rest of the film is set in Dharavi, a huge slum at the center of Bombay city.  Here are some incredible photos by Jonas Bendicksen on Magnum Photos from 2006. 

From Magnum:

“Mumbai,” wrote V.S. Naipaul, “is a crowd”. Dharavi, with people oozing out of every crack and countless quarters of artisans and small industries, is often referred to as the throbbing heart of the city. From garment sweatshops to big trash recycling facilities, Dharavi is a beehive whose yearly economic output is estimated to be in excess of five hundred million dollars. The fact is that many of the biggest megacities of the planet could barely do without their slums anymore, home to so many cogs of the great logistical machinery of keeping enormous cities ticking.



Written by Peter Rudd

February 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

slumdog slum

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Here’s an illuminating video shot in Dharavi, the infamous slum in central Bombay featured in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.


Written by Peter Rudd

February 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm

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