Wednesday, May 10, 2006
After attending the lecture by Claudio Acioly on Urban Poverty and Planning we realized that if something has to be done in relation to sustainability and cities at a global scale, it needs to address the problems generated by the exponential growing of slums. At the end of the day, slums are an expression of poverty, a well grounded issue which requires a broad understanding of the context and its drivers. In any case, just when we are eager to learn more about slums and the potential solutions to eradicate urban and environmental problems, two new book releases hit the shelf tackling these issues.
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Planet of Slums
Ed. Verso/Hardcover / 228 pages / ISBN 1-84467-022-8 / text English /
"In Planet of Slums, urban theorist Davis takes a global approach to documenting the astonishing depth of squalid poverty that dominates the lives of the planet's increasingly urban population, detailing poor urban communities from Cape Town and Caracas to Casablanca and Khartoum" Buy it
Design Like You Give a Damn
Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises
Cameron Sinclair, Kate Stohr/Ed. Thames and Hudson/Hardcover / 336 pages
ISBN 0500342199 / text in English
"Design like you Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. The first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like You Give a Damn offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation" Buy it