"Over 1 billion people now live in slums, in makeshift homes that often lack even the most basic survival amenities. These self-built settlements have proliferated at a rapid pace due to a confluence of massive rural-to-urban migration and ad-hoc urban planning, particularly in developing countries. As a result, slums have become the only option for low-income families struggling to get by. If cities don’t address this need for affordable housing, the situation is only expected to get worse. By 2030, the number of slum dwellers is expected to double to 2 billion, an issue being taken up this week in Surabaya, Indonesia, at the final lead-up meeting before a global agreement on urbanization is voted on at Habitat III, the United Nations’ once-every-20-years conference on housing and sustainability."
Architects turn their eyes and imaginations to designing housing for people living in the world's largest 'slums'.
This generation of designers and problem solvers makes me proud; everyone – poor working people who call villages of floating vessels their neighborhood and rich people in glass towers – deserves a secure, dry, serviced place to rest their head at night.