Author Archives: Ariana

Diary from Mumbai: Part I

By: Ariana K MacPherson **Cross-posted from the SDI blog** Mumbai has a constant buzz. That is the best way to put it. The city is always moving, coming and going in all directions And full of light. I arrived in

Diary from Mumbai: Part I

By: Ariana K MacPherson **Cross-posted from the SDI blog** Mumbai has a constant buzz. That is the best way to put it. The city is always moving, coming and going in all directions And full of light. I arrived in

Negotiating the Right to Stay: A Community-Led Process in Old Fadama

**Cross-posted from the Shack/Slum Dwellers International blog** The air in Accra is humid and full of dust. After spending days inside heavily air-conditioned conference centers and nearby hotels, you start to forget the realities of city life.  Luckily, I got a

Negotiating the Right to Stay: A Community-Led Process in Old Fadama

**Cross-posted from the Shack/Slum Dwellers International blog** The air in Accra is humid and full of dust. After spending days inside heavily air-conditioned conference centers and nearby hotels, you start to forget the realities of city life.  Luckily, I got a

Crossing Borders: The Power of an Exchange

*Cross posted from SDI blog* Espina stands. She tells us that she is positive – that she tells women in her community she is not ashamed, and that because she takes care of herself, she does not look sick, “Do

Crossing Borders: The Power of an Exchange

*Cross posted from SDI blog* Espina stands. She tells us that she is positive – that she tells women in her community she is not ashamed, and that because she takes care of herself, she does not look sick, “Do

An Update from the Field: Cape Town & Namibia

As some of you may know, I have had the wonderful opportunity to take up work at the Secretariat of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), “a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and

An Update from the Field: Cape Town & Namibia

As some of you may know, I have had the wonderful opportunity to take up work at the Secretariat of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI), “a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and

On Informality

Taguig City, Manila, Philippines I must apologize for my recent absence from posting. Luckily, it is due only to good things. As others have mentioned, the past month or so has been consumed with graduating from NYU Wagner’s Master of

On Informality

Taguig City, Manila, Philippines I must apologize for my recent absence from posting. Luckily, it is due only to good things. As others have mentioned, the past month or so has been consumed with graduating from NYU Wagner’s Master of

Reimagining the Mother City: ‘Counter Currents’ in Cape Town

Edgar Pieterse, director of the African Center for Cities and editor of Counter Currents presents in this recent volume on Cape Town, South Africa “a radical project of optimism, bringing into collision the work of architects, planners, scholars, poets and

Reimagining the Mother City: ‘Counter Currents’ in Cape Town

Edgar Pieterse, director of the African Center for Cities and editor of Counter Currents presents in this recent volume on Cape Town, South Africa “a radical project of optimism, bringing into collision the work of architects, planners, scholars, poets and

Cape Town: (Proposed) World Design Capital 2014

One of my favorite cities is Cape Town, South Africa. Tucked between the mountains and the sea, Cape Town sits at the southern tip of Africa and is a profound testament to the many cultures and peoples that have come

Cape Town: (Proposed) World Design Capital 2014

One of my favorite cities is Cape Town, South Africa. Tucked between the mountains and the sea, Cape Town sits at the southern tip of Africa and is a profound testament to the many cultures and peoples that have come