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Jonathan Hursh

Utopia

Designing Slums 2.0

1/3 of humanity is soon to live in a slum and there is virtually no good design. For 1/3 of humanity. It’s the wild west for young designers to make their mark and leave behind a much improved world. They can jostle for a position to carry out the vision of Zaha Hadid (respect) or a slew of other star designers. Or they can quietly and quickly get about the business of designing firsts to quickly and fundamentally improve slums in cities across the world. Redesigning the image of a slum. Redesigning the slums role in the city. Redesigning the built environment, the provision of social services, the experience of a slum. The situation can be improved by a factor of ten in less than ten years. The bar has been set far too low. There’s tremendous opportunity here for young designers to leave behind a better world.

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