Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
Current issue: Sanitation and drainage in cities

Current issue: Sanitation and drainage in cities

In much of Africa and Asia, provision for sanitation and drainage in urban areas has improved little. In many, it has got worse as today, a higher proportion of residents lack provision than in 1990 or 2000. This issue of Environment and Urbanization has many papers showing new approaches. They include innovations in Blantyre (Malawi), Chinhoyi (Zimbabwe), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Kitwe (Zambia) on matching needs with what can be afforded and working with local government.  A paper on Chinhoyi reports on community-led mapping and enumeration of sanitation to inform a city-wide sanitation strategy while a paper on Mumbai (India) shows the scale and reach of community toilets and a paper on Cap Haitien (Haiti) reviews the experience with container-based toilets. Further papers look at: how poorly the sanitation needs of adolescent girls are met; violence, gender and water and sanitation; scoring cities in India for sanitation and cities in China for health and hygiene; building urban resilience to climate change; the impact of participatory budgeting in 20 cities; displacement in Ahmedabad; land contestation in Karachi; rural-urban interlinkages in China; sustainability and neoliberal urban restructuring; and post-disaster reconstruction in Llico, Chile.

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Book notes

In this thought-provoking book, Egner and colleagues bring together experts from various fields and disciplines to discuss whether learning from and through calamities takes place, what conditions enable or hinder it, and how learned knowledge can be sustained on the level of societies.

The book is structured around several topic areas, which broadly deal with:

·         conceptualizations and ways of learning from disasters and calamities

·         the role of history and the potential and caveats of learning from the past

Robert B Fairbanks tells the story of public housing and slum clearance in five of the largest cities in the US Southwest – Albuquerque, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and San Antonio – and illustrates how changing urban discourses can enforce changes in national policies.

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