Sheet Metal Shack

Sheet Metal Shack was just a lark. I thought corrugated metal, all rusted and painted different colours, was "scenic." Now as a result of this lark I have had a quick education about life in some of the poorest slums around the world. I learn more every day.

Perhaps some of you will also come here to look and stay to learn. I have so far covered some of South Africa's Khayelitsha; Kenya's Kibera slum in Nairobi; Dharavi in Mumbai, India; Cite Soleil in Haiti; the Petare in Caracas, Venezuela; Brazil's Favelas; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Manila in the Philippines. Unfortunately there will be many more.

Learn more about How Slums Develop:
More links as I find them.


Richard John Seymour

Street View

Kenya, like much of the developing world, has not yet been documented by the technologies we take for granted in the West. One such absence is Google Street View. Inspired by the improvised and spontaneous nature of this process of photography, this collection of images is a series of vignettes of Kenyan street life seen from a cars viewpoint on roads from the Maasai Mara to Mombasa via Nairobi taken over the course of 6 weeks in Summer 2013.


Iwan Baan

Makoko Floating School - Lagos, Nigeria

by NLE, Kunle Adeyemi

Makoko Floating School is a prototype floating structure, built for the historic water community of Makoko, located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. As a pilot project, it has taken an innovative approach to address the community’s social and physical needs in view of the impact of climate change and a rapidly urbanizing African context. Its main aim is to generate a sustainable, ecological, alternative building system and urban water culture for the teeming population of Africa’s coastal regions. 

See also: New York Times: School at Sea - Michael Kimmelman 
And Abitare, May 2013: The floating school of Mak

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