UNESCO/IHE - Floating solutions for upgrading wet-slums

UNESCO/IHE - Floating solutions for upgrading wet-slums

Among the many challenges caused by the rise of global urban population is the accompanied growth of slum population. Around one billion people live in slums - most of them being close to open water. Being most vulnerable to floods, they are least attractive for upgrading investments. Neglected by civil authorities and confounded by a lack of space and money along with vulnerability, these already precarious slums are pushed into a negative spiral.

Using a bottom-up approach, the Floating City Apps Foundation, aims to upgrade waterfront slums with small scale instant solutions. Comparable to adjusting a smart phone with apps according to changing needs, the infrastructure in a slum can be adjusted by adding functions with City Apps.

These apps are floating developments built using a standard sea-freight container. The container is assembled in the Netherlands and shipped to the wet-slum where it is placed on a locally constructed floating foundation. Because of their flexibility and small size they are suitable for installing and upgrading facilities for sanitation, housing, communication etc. They can be added to a slum using the available space on water.

Contact: Berry Gersonius (b.gersonius@unesco-ihe.org)

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23° 41' 5.9784" N, 90° 21' 22.7916" E

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