Learning From Lagos: Contemporary Architects Harvest the Slums for Design Inspiration | Artinfo

The “other” urbanism

Though envisioned specifically for Santa Marta, “Favela Cloud” spotlights a highly pervasive and urgent matter: the staggering growth — and plummeting socioeconomic conditions — of urban slums. As the global urban population continues to climb, so has its population of slum-dwellers. Mike Davis’s provocative 2006 meditation “Planet of Slums” delivers a cold shower of statistics, estimating that at least a third of the global urban population now lives in slums, with over a billion people crammed into exceedingly underserviced urban peripheries in Africa, South America, and Asia. Forced out of their rural origins by rapid urbanization and barred from the city center by the state and the upper and middle classes, rising numbers of the urban poor are evicted to the underdeveloped city fringes, where life becomes a constant battle against hunger, disease, environmental hazards, and lawlessness. Victory promises nothing, while defeat means certain death: “If you sit down,” one citizen of Lagos explained to a visiting reporter, “you will die of hunger.”

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