Vertical slums

This is absolutely going to happen to all the ‘redevelopment’ projects here in India, where slum dwellers are being relocated into high rise towers with little thought to maintenance of structure and services in the future, or to the suitability of vertical living to the lifestyle of the poor. Like in many other things, we are about to repeat mistakes that have already been made elsewhere. I strongly believe we should look at market-based, low-rise, high density options as well as focus on upgrading existing informal settlements…

{FAVEL issues}

Leaving behind last year’s adventures in the slums and cities of Latin America (LAC) I recently started new adventures in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA). First stop Tbilisi, in beautiful Georgia, second stop Chisinau, in Moldova. Both of these cities welcomed me (on the airport-hotel commute) with rows and rows of Soviet building blocks.

One of the reasons I ‘decided’ to come to this region was because I believed Eastern Europe and Central Asia has TODAY many urban development challenges that other regions will face TOMORROW. While comparing to other developing regions, many would think that there are no slums or informal settlements in Former Soviet Union countries -where the State had more control on urban development- this region has its own kind of ‘slums’[1]. Most interesting it has a lot of vertical slums.

The vertical slums in the ECA region have a couple of things in common with “The Projects”…

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About ramblinginthecity

I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.

Posted on November 15, 2012, in Urban Planning & Policy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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