1. E. Eaves, ‘Two Billion Slum Dwellers’, Forbes.com, 2007.
In the 1950’s, poverty was a condition for post-war European architects to work on. In the 1970’s, when favelas hit the architectural media, poverty became a source of social and architectural inspiration as it contained models alternative to the existing order. In the 1980´s, poverty was overshadowed by postmodern musings, but in the late 1990’s and early 2000´s, it began forging its architectural comeback – this time in full colour and high resolution. We have now entered an era where poverty tourism (poorism) has become a popular holiday; Favela Chic is a hot nightclub in London, and the words ‘slum dog’ and ‘jai ho’ were among the 15 finalists in contention to become the 1 millionth English word. How long will poverty be in fashion this time? If ´all press is good press´, how can we take advantage of the latest wave of slum popularity?In: Visionary Cities.
Graphics credits: João Amaral