Mistral, 3 place Louis Armand, Paris 12
Every year, cities like Kinshasa or Lagos gain a population as large as the city of Toulouse: 500,000 people. With a billion slum dwellers around the world today, how can we make sure that this exponential growth does not lead to an explosion of urban poverty and inequalities?
Should these neighborhoods be bulldozed in order to build stronger and healthier housing? Or should we seek pragmatic solutions, consistent with the budgetary constraints of the cities in question, which would improve living conditions for the residents of these neighborhoods and promote their physical, political and civic integration into cities?