Sustainability and Indoor Air Quality in Bengaluru

Caroline Knowles

Bengaluru street scene

The air quality inside people’s living and work spaces has a significant impact on their comfort, productivity and wellness. Indoor air quality can be up to ten times more polluted than outside[i] and yet it doesn’t raise the same kinds of…

As well as revealing what people throw away, solid waste (garbage) provides important information about the intentions of municipal authorities: about who cities are intended for and how they are run. And so it is in Karachi, Pakistan, a mega-city with an official population of more than 16 million, unofficially…

Urban Farming in Freetown Sierra Leone

Caroline Knowles

King Tom, a low-income neighbourhood in central Freetown, dominated by the city’s giant landfill site that rises like a small grey-brown mountain with flecks of colour above the settlement, is Kadiatu’s kingdom. Scrambling up its steep slope, we find the top is…

Caroline Knowles

The ancient streets of Basmane, in Izmir’s low-income and Syrian refugee inner city neighbourhood, radiate the energy of anticipation. In the square, a place to sleep, trade and plan the future, Africans mingle with Syrians, Iranians, Iraqis and Turks. Smugglers operate from here offering backdoor routes to Europe…

Producing reliable, clean and sustainable water supplies is one of the great challenges of our time. Where rapidly expanding concentrations of people live in dense settlements, this challenge is particularly acute. Greater Metropolitan Mexico City has a population of over twenty-one million. …

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