Entries tagged ‘Architecture’
In slum upgrading and development, a less-is-more approach can have vastly better outcomes than a heavy-handed one.
In Accra, where 90 degree days are common, architecture and urban planning that emulates the West’s is making citizens slaves to air-conditioning.
Slum dwellers use it as a status symbol. Politicians bribe voters with it. And governments build towers of the stuff to house the urban poor. In an excerpt from his new book, Several Ways to Die in Mexico City, Kurt Hollander describes how cement became the developing world’s fool’s gold.