Floating Pods to Help Urban Slums

Are floating cities a near and realistic possibility? Can water be an asset instead of a threat? Is this a possibility not only for the rich, but also for the most vulnerable populations? Floating City Apps is an opportunity to upgrade life of the poorest living in slums through floating functions.

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A $1 Fire Extinguisher Designed for Slum Residents

The city of Las Piñas, Philippines, has introduced a pocket-sized, ready-to-use fire extinguisher valued at $1. This innovative product has been designed to address frequent fires in the country’s urban slums where high population density and poor road infrastructure make timely emergency response extremely difficult.

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UK Architect Aims to Bring Eco-Homes to Nigerian Slum

  Isona Shibata, an architect and development practitioner from the UK, is seeking funding to develop a prototype for an eco-alternative housing solution for residents in the Galadimawa Slum, situated just outside of Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and upwards of 70% of its 177 million residents lives below the poverty line. As Nigeria grows, so do …

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Giving Voice to the World’s Urban Poor: SDI + UPFI

  According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s population now live in urban environments. This is a major shift in the history of humanity. Before this, most people identified with their rural community in a scale that allowed a greater voice for individuals in asserting their rights. In the age of the megacities, the din of …

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