Nadar photography practices in Paris, that were based on a new viewing angle -as was considering the city from the sky and from its sewers- are quite innovative for the time. Proposing a new approach of the mid-1800s XXth century’s societal realities, its photographs mirror the transformation of the Capital city and its progressive development. https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/08/photographing-haussmanns-paris/535629/. Just as Nadar interest for inexplored places as sewers, Urbex has launched a new movement of abandoned places’ exploration which can sometimes be undertaken for pratical historical purposes. For example, through urban exploration, the Hong Kongese Urbex group Ghost documents and photographs derelict buildings, thus constituting an archive for future generations, as the city is fastly monopolized by big development companies. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/mar/06/a-race-against-time-the-urban-explorers-recording-vanishing-hong-kong
In Mongolia, some parents send their children into countryside because of the smog in China’s most polluted city resulting from coal burning (cf. WHO). http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=95159890-0255-4192-b162-35a2c0c785a6. Some cities try to implement local solutions to fight this kind of pollution problems. For instance, the city of Kilis started a free bicyle distribution for children that, besides helping lowering the carbon level, supports children in recovering from war traumas. http://info.trendwatching.com/city-recovers-from-conflict-through-bicycle-scheme?utm_campaign=Innovation%20of%20the%20Day%20&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=69727188&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–6aHPW9CMLTGPTkuFcPT7cUwpr3MxDdruyVQqEn_YvZcndq532ncBj37hmtZfwfAEGQRlCaef7NeoogTnzm5JDvoYgdA&_hsmi=69728059
Tackling waste issues and looking to implement effective circular economy is the aim of current London initiatives. Supported by the participation of the environmental charity Hubbub, people collect excess food from restaurants, home-cooks and supermakets, and refrigerate it in refrigerators located in London East Ham Leisure center, before donating it to the needy ones. http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=05ebb67c-727a-4382-a2d0-b7d0a14b21c6
Changing the view we have on certain people is essential. Architectural projects within local frameworks such as “Réinventer Paris” try for instance to include disability access in their scope. Article in French. https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2019/03/01/a-paris-une-cite-universelle-pour-vivre-avec-le-handicap_5429842_3234.html. Rehumanising our view on homeless people is also crucial. In Dublin, for example, many homeless people were provided with tourist guide training. Sharing their own city-narrative they aim to re-humanise people views on their concerns and dispell the stigma they are victim of. http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=74680f7e-8ee3-4150-bdb6-1eeabea75868.