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The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

For the last month, photographer Narciso Contreras has been showing the destruction in Aleppo, Syria. Here, people walk past damaged homes during heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces

Dilapidated: When the White Building was first built in Cambodia's Phnom Peng slum, it was hailed as the pinnacle of modern living - but today is little more than a crumbling ruin, where people fear the next crack could be the one which brings it all crashing to the ground

'White Building' is now slum city in Phnom Penh

The White Building in Cambodia’s Phnom Peng slum was once the pinnacle of modern day living but today it's one of the last monuments to the urbanized poor.

Sewage flows through Asia's largest slum, Dharavi. Ref pic for Paani

Sewage flows through Asia's largest slum, Dharavi.

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the future in postapocalyptic fiction is usually a combination of elegantly dirty monochrome and soft vintage relics. The reality will be an ugly chaos of discarded plastic and rotting waste. rubbish_inside_kowloon_w_c

Now for the other side of Mumbai. The poverty in Mumbai makes me really greatful for all the blessings and comfort that I have in my life.

This is a picture of the Dharavi Slum in Mumbai. Dharavi is one of the largest slums in the world. There is so much pollution in the water and on land that people are living on top of the houses.

The Life and Death of an Impossible City  Photographing Kowloon Walled City   https://www.kickstarter.com/stories/kowloon?ref=HappeningNewsletterAug1314

The Life and Death of an Impossible City Photographing Kowloon Walled City

Kibera slums in Nairobi, one of the most eye opening places I have ever been. The over powering smell has never left me.

Kibera slums in Nairobi, one of the most eye opening places I have ever been. The over powering smell has never left me.

Taidepajaharjoittelija, pajaohjaaja ja toiminnanohjaaja. Työskentelin Eeva Susi ry:n ylläpitämässä taidepajassa vuosina 2004-06. Teimme draamaprojekteja koulujen kanssa, nukketeatteria päiväkotilapsille ja luovaa toimintaa lastensuojelun asiakkaille. Toiminnanohjaajana suunnittelin ja toteutin kaiken toiminnan yhdessä harjoittelijoiden kanssa.

this makes my point about using recycled materials for amazing things. inspiration: cardboard favela (Brazilian slum dwellings) now this is pretty cool and I may use this idea as inspiration for a canal I want to build later on :)

W08 Vertical slums might not be the solution either. We need to find ways to create micro economies within slums that target infrastructural growth, and built sustainably by the inhabitants themselves.

Vertical slums might not be the solution either. We need to find ways to create micro economies within slums that target infrastructural growth, and built sustainably by the inhabitants themselves.

Close up of Brazilian hillside Favelas, which are a common sight throughout Brazil's major cities, are home to millions of urban poor and rural migrants who leave the countryside seeking jobs. Many of the slums are plagued by violence linked to drug trafficking.

Close up of Brazilian hillside Favelas ~ a common sight throughout Brazil's major cities. Home to millions of urban poor and rural migrants who leave the countryside seeking jobs. Many of the slums are plagued by violence linked to drug trafficking.

Dharavi Slums - the largest slums in Asia, with more than one million people, in a city where the 99% are dirt poor! 1 out of every 1400 toilets works properly!

It would be so awesome to visit you when you're working on informal settlements. Dharavi Slums - the largest slums in Asia, with more than one million people, in a city where the are dirt poor! 1 out of every 1400 toilets works properly!

San Cristobal, Lima, Peru #ViventuraPinYourWaytoSouthAmerica

LIMA, PERU - is one of the most colorful cities in the world! San Cristobal, Lima, Photo by Doug Sturgess

( you wake up in an empty room, must loot room, and you must find your way out of the maze)

( you wake up in an empty room, must loot room, and you must find your way out of the maze) dark room

Dhravi Slum, Mumbai, India; Courtesy of Flickr User ToGa Wanderings; Licensed via Creative Commons

Slum Rehabilitation Promise to Mumbai's 20 Million

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