Category: Slums

The self-organizing cellular network

28 February, 2014 (09:00) | Buses, Cellular automata, Global news, Innovations, Kibera, Markets, Nairobi, Networks, Slums, Transportation |

 By:David A. Smith So comfortable and regulated are we in the formal world that we have fallen into the foolish belief that all networks must be the result of organized and conscious creation, when in fact the genius of markets lies in their ability to use the dynamics of cellular automata – hundreds, thousands, or […]

­­Month in Review: December, 2013

17 January, 2014 (09:00) | Children, China, Cities, Detroit, Homes, Housing, Informal, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Slums |

By: David A. Smith   [Previous Months in Review available here: Nov 13,Oct 13, Sep 13, Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   I don’t actually enjoy writing detailed expositions of bad news and human foolishness; reporting hardship and failure and loss is depressing, yet […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 5, Larger forces at work

20 December, 2013 (12:13) | Apartments, China, Cities, Democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, Urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4, and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith Completing what has become a five-part series on the instant vertical city of Huaming, via a discouraging New York Times (November 10, 2013) article, we’ve seen that China’s leadership developed Huaming in pursuit of a vision of transformative urbanization […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 4, Look at the empty fields

19 December, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Cities, Democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, Urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   By now in our systematic reorganization and expansion upon a depressing New York Times (November 10, 2013) article on the obliteration of old Huaming (outside Tianjin) in favor of an instantly created new Huaming, readers can see the […]

Formula for instant slum: Part 3, Doubled the price of rice

18 December, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, China, Cities, Democracy, Eminent domain, High-rise, Housing, Slums, Theory, Tianjin, Urban development, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In our continuing multi-part review of the New York Times (November 10, 2013) surprisingly critical article about the forced accelerated urbanization of Huaming outside mega-Tianjin, we had covered the first six steps in the formula for an instant slum.   Yes, […]