The world’s slums are hardly places of beauty, but in Korail, Dhaka’s largest slum of 120,000 people, surrounding a fetid lake, a landscape architect and local resident joined forces to build a bamboo platform over the water to create vital space for children to play and learn. The platform leads to a small garden hewn out of the detritus that blights such ‘informal communities’, and is planted with trees, flowers and vegetables.

The result is a beautiful communal green space that has inspired others to create their own gardens. “We don’t know how long we can stay,” said one resident, “but whilst ...


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