I have a piece in the New York Times Oped today. You can read the article here.
Big thanks to AD Aviva Michaelov and Alexandra Zsigmond for the cool layout design- I really like how they place the illo at the very top so it looks like the paint is dripping down the page.
The story is about how the writer thinks the enthusiastically responded $300 house project will do more harm to urban poor than good as it neglects the dynamic and diverse needs/interest of the people.
When I first learnt about the $300 house (replacing the slums with well-build, pre-made and low-cost houses), I thought it's an ingenious idea. However, after working on this project and researching on Dharavi made me change my mind. Even though the living condition of the slum is depressing, it fascinates me how creative people are with the limited resources they have to build their homes. Generations of thoughts and effort are put into each of these houses and I don't think they are replaceable by mass-produced cubes.