City Beautiful: Slum Aesthetics (Part 1) (via Encountering Urbanization)

Like the busloads of tourists who come to view the urban “townships” for South Africa such as Cross Roads, Khayalitsha and Soweto, this article questions what is happening while promoting the vibrancy and intensity of these places -s glorifying them the right thing to make them more habitabel for thsoe who don’t only visit but have to live there?

City Beautiful: Slum Aesthetics (Part 1) This is the first of two posts on outsiders and art in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. I recently checked out a screening of Dharavi: Slum for Sale, where director Lutz Konermann was on hand afterward to discuss his film documenting the story of how powerful real estate interests are eager to develop Mumbai’s massive Dharavi slum. The Q&A quickly devolved into a “who has the most slum street cred” smugfest, from which I quietly excused myself after th … Read More

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Notes on the Third Ecology – via landscape+urbanism

Further reviews of essays from Ecological Urbanism by Jason King of landscape+urbanism:Sanford Kwinter

Kwinter used the dichotomy of city/nature, rooting in our historic perceptions that evolved in the Industrial era.  As mentioned, this concept is characterized by a time“…when immense upheavals in social, economic, and political life transformed the very landscape around us and our relationship to it irreversibly and in depth.” (94)

In essence, the evolution of cities had previously existed in tandem with available natural resources, which limited their size and scope. Technological improvements in transportation and the accumulation of wealth shifted us from local dependence on surrounding nature.  This has continued in our technologically advanced modern society, as Kwinter explains:

“Three billion of earth’s citizens today live in cities, and virtually all of the exponential growth in population anticipated over the next fifty years will be urban. A significant number of those who do not live in physical urban environments increasingly live in psychic ones…” (98)

:: Dharavi slum – image via Indian Adventures

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Mumbai on My Mind: Some Thoughts on Sustainability via landscape+urbanism

Further reviews of essays from Ecological Urbanism by Jason King of landscape+urbanismHomi Bhabha

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: Mumbai Slum – image via Lost & Found

 

“It is always too early, or too late, to talk of the ‘cities of the future.’ (78)
Bhabha uses this essay to frame the idea of sustainability and innovation, mentioning that “Any claim to newness, any proposal that we are ‘at the turning point’ of history, urbanity, or ecology, is at once a historical commitment and a tendentious and transitional proposition.” (78)