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La violence des villes
Pedrazzini, Yves
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Slums and Urban Development
Bolay, Jean-Claude
"The slum is not only a manifestation of mismanaged urban planning in the countries of the South. The existence of slums worldwide is also a sign that the slum is a crucial element of contemporary urbanisation. This article will attempt to define this phenomenon and understand its causes. Adequate policy responses are then suggested. Without finding appropriate solutions to the housing problems of a majority of urban dwellers, public and private decision makers will not be able to meet the challenges of sustainable development." The European Journal of Development Research 2006, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp 284-298 Available for purchase from: Informaworld
Metropolization and the Ecological Crisis
Wust, Sebastian
"This paper describes two experiences with community-led upgrading programmes in precarious settlements in Ho Chi Minh City and discusses how and why these are more effective and appropriate than the city’s "redevelopment" and relocation programmes. Although rapid economic growth has meant improved material conditions for much of the city’s population, it has also had a negative impact on the environment and on the poorer groups whose living conditions are deteriorating, especially in the precarious settlements on vacant lots, along canals and on the city outskirts. The city has plentiful water, but large sections of the population are not reached by piped water and sewers. Although relocation programmes are better managed here than in most cities, many who are relocated suffer a drop in income, a steep rise in housing costs and a disruption to their social networks. The paper ends with some reflections on the changes needed in government attitudes towards citizens." Environment and Urbanization 2002, Vol 14, No. 2, pp. 211-224 Available for purchase from: SAGE JOURNALS Online
A collaborative monitoring concept for developing cities
Repetti, Alexandre
PhD Thesis, epfl, Switzerland For further information please contact the author