"The problem with the smart city spiel is it is seen as having to be modern and create a certain template for cities, which removes you from acknowledging the real texture of city life. The talk of world class cities leaves the informal settlements, the waste collectors, the cleaners out…the fact that they are important to the economy is not acknowledged."
–Bhanu Joshi, research associate at The Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Ingenious technological solutions are being pioneered in some of the worlds most impoverished urban communities. From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the slums of Mumbai, the BBC reports how ‘smart slums’ may shape the face of future cities. Read more here.