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Posted on Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 17:36
If a factory unit was set up to build the parts of the sructure to European standards then it can shipped out to what ever country it is needed. The ground preperation can be done in advance as most of the machinery for this task can be found all over the world. The building can be made to run it's self with the use of solar or wind power for electric and the use of bore holes for water. This can be done in most countries where the slums are as they usually exist by water source's, but each build would have to be looked at in it's own right. This would make a very good use of the aid budget... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 16:08
  Some of the latest policies in terms of safety in the cities include the recovery or creation of public places as centers of interaction that enhance the security of the inhabitants by avoiding social exclusion. Cities tend to leave aside the “undesirables” reinforcing the idea of danger and fear; it seems that we are living in fragmented cities where gated communities and segregation are part of our daily lives emphasizing economic and social inequalities. Nonetheless, some local governments have allocated resources to reverse this effect through participatory planning, which leads to the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 11:10
  Following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000, world leaders committed to <<achieve significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020>> (Target 7-D of the Millennium Development Goals). Globally an estimated 227 million people have moved out of slum conditions between the years 2000 and 2010, yet their numbers continue to grow. In quantitative figures, the target was reached more than a decade prior to the official deadline, however, in reality, new slums are constantly being formed. Consequently, the sheer amount of... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 19:28
Dear partners, colleagues and friends, The Global Housing Strategy (GHS) has progressed very positively during 2012. The GHS Network has welcomed over one thousand (1000) network members in a little over 4 months. We are pleased to have received feedback through the social media from GHS Network members responding to our surveys. We also engaged with many partners at several international events including the World Urban Forum in Naples, the "Making Slums History" international conference in Rabat, and AfriCities in Dakar. Based on the positive and rich feedback and inputs you have provided,... Read more
Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 - 16:10
UN-Habitat’s Housing & Slum Upgrading Branch (HSUB) was recently invited to give a plenary presentation at the Social Media Strategies Summit in London, England.  With more than 2.4 billion Internet users, including more than 175 million on LinkedIn(a professional social network site) and more than 800 million unique users per month on Youtube, social media is an ever increasing presence in all our lives. In the past communication tended to interrupt our stakeholders, be expensive and one way.  Now, with social media, communication can be at the convenience of our stakeholders, and it’s... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 11:12
Of those in the business of designing and building homes, we have a responsibility to provide the safest and most economical home one can build. I would like to hear from other designers and builders on their vision ours may be read on   Your's:
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 10:32
Solar energy presents an opportunity for sub-Sahara region owing to its huge potential. Solar has clear advantages: it is green (does not pollute the environment); has low maintenance cost albeit with high upfront cost; it is available most of the day time; has very minimal disturbance to the environment in comparison with hydro-dams that lead to displacement of people and other physical stuructures, etc.; it is ideal for rural areas that are yet to be connected to the central grid. Despite these obvious advtanges, why then has it not been taken up by most of these countries in the sub-Sahara... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 10:13
A common trend in most developing countries is the exclusion of utility services to the urban poor especially those living in informal settlements (i.e. slums). Most urban authorities/utilities do not provide electricity, water, sanitation, roads/streets, street lighting, etc to the informal settlements - where the poor live – and, where this happens, it is usually an initiative of the central government. This topic explores pro-poor options that urban authorities/utilities could adopt in order to enhance energy services to the urban poor living within their cities. For example, low cost pro-... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 17:46
Look at this video please   It is about Torre David, an office tower that has become transformed into living space by squatters, following the building projects collapse as a result of financial crisis.  This is a very interesting model for renovating our cities, and humanising space.   " Torre David Torre David, a 45-story office tower in Caracas designed by the distinguished Venezuelan architect Enrique Gómez, was almost complete when it was abandoned following the death of its... Read more
Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 21:44
I would like members of this network to have a look at the following essay that I wrote, where I envisage what would be necessary to deliver an adequate response to the challenge of slums around the world, highlighting the importance of approaching the subject from a completely new paradigm.  I would like to know if some of the ideas resonate with group members, and if we can establish a consensus regarding some of the assumptions which I offer in the article.  I think starting from a full problematisation of slum realities enables us to address the question at least as honestly as we can,... Read more