Category Archives: Blog

The Island of Phnom Penh


A rare find! A map identifying the flood plain and the city of Phnom Penh.

Architectural LOLCat Phnom Penh

This is a slight digression from the research – but hey, it promotes architecture in Phnom Penh!
More New Khmer Architecture here. Modeling by Toast.





Gordon Meowtta -Clark

Buckmeowster Fuller - space cat monohex portal

BIG Lego Cat

how corbu really got his scar


sfmoma: #LOLcats meet architecture = YES, PLEASE. See more here. (We made our own. If you feel like making one, photo reply with it, for the love of all things pure.)

sfmoma: Another SFMOMA staff cat! This kitty is named Gertrude, after (you guessed it) Gertrude Stein.


Oscar Niemeyower flees his own museum.

oscar niemeower

OMA and Bruce Meow

National Paw-ssembly Building


BOSS cat

Climates of Migration


Historical Intersections of Climate Change and Environmental Migrations

The three-year research project Climates of Migration is a common project of The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (KWI), generously funded by the German federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project looks at the historical intersections between environmental change and migration and is particularly interested in climate-induced movements of people in the past. Six individual projects consisting out of four dissertations and two post-doctoral projects, will shed light on how, where, and why people migrated as a result of droughts, cold periods, floods, hurricanes, and other extreme natural events.

The team will also develop a chronological database CLIMMIGRATION.dat with examples of environmental migration in the last 500 years, weighing the social and environmental factors that played a role. Both individual research and the collaborative project will focus on three main thematic areas: Climates of Famine, Climates of Colonisation, and Disaster Migration.

  • Climates of Famine
    Research in this area aims to analyze how climate and climate change have triggered famine in the past. Using famine theories, climate reconstructions and ethnohistoric methods, projects will look at the correlation between the environment and migration from a “push” perspective and with respect to adaptation strategies.
  • Famine in Ireland caused massive migration
  • Climates of Colonization
    Rather than focusing on migration as an effect of environmental/climate change, this thematic area questions what it means to experience climate change as an effect of migration, and what influence this has on a communities social and political practice. It aims to find out how social assumptions about the climate-culture nexus organized and legitimized social hierarchies in colonial times.\
  • Disaster Migration
    This thematic area explores sudden rather than long-term environmental stressors, such as floods, hurricanes, landslides and earthquakes. Such severe natural events very often destroy livelihoods and thus turn into catastrophes, forcing people to move. The question arises, when exactly does their dispacement exactly turn into migration. The answer depends on a variety of contextual factors, such as individual, social, and cultural coping capacities; the situation at the origin; and the destination of these “refugees.” Research in this area thus not only takes into account the events themselves, but also (long-term) patterns of vulnerability and resilience.

The project members have organized several small research workshops with leading scholars in the field such as:

In early August 2011, scholars from around the world gathered at the Internationales Begegnungszentrum in Munich for the first of three international conferences of the Climates of Migration project. The main and most important result of this conference was the insight that “environmental migration” is a much more complex and ambivalent phenomenon than usually acknowledged. The sixteen individual presentations highlighted the diversity of the migration/environment nexus in different places at different times. Case studies from Alaska, India, Bolivia, Australia, and many other places emphasized how environmental factors often played an important part in individual decisions to move or migrate. In most cases these environmental reasons were, however, accompanied by deliberations on social, economic, ethnic or cultural grounds.

After three years the case studies and individual projects will be summarized and analyzed in a synthesis study, which will give insight in the dynamics, characteristics and diversity of the phenomena of environmental migration. The research results will be published and presented digitally in the database CLIMMIGRATION.dat, explained with a non-deterministic model for the description of the relation between climate and migration. It will take the social, political and ecological components of human interaction into account; balancing societal and natural environmental factors to overcome the dualism between natural and social science.

A rich overview of case studies will serve scientists and scholars with ideas for potential future research. The project findings will give an important insight in climatically induced migration. The results of the research project will contribute to the improvement of scenario building on climate impact research and environmental migration.

Constructing Cambodia Blog

Source: Constructing Cambodia Following Cambodia’s Infrastructure Development

“Cambodia is developing quickly.  It’s bittersweet.  Life is getting easier and the country is more accessable but Cambodia’s adventurous edge is starting to dry up.  Either way, it’s fun to follow what’s happening. If you want to join this project and add your own entries, I can add you as a fellow blogger. Just add a comment to this page with your contact details or e-mail me at: stevengosselin(at)

Choose a project on the right to begin.”

The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles

The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles  Edited by Farhana Sultana and Alex Loftus



















The right to clean water has been adopted by the United Nations as a basic human right. Yet how such universal calls for a right to water are understood, negotiated, experienced and struggled over remain key challenges. The Right to Water elucidates how universal calls for rights articulate with local historical geographical contexts, governance, politics and social struggles, thereby highlighting the challenges and the possibilities that exist. Bringing together a unique range of academics, policy-makers and activists, the book analyzes how struggles for the right to water have attempted to translate moral arguments over access to safe water into workable claims. This book is an intervention at a crucial moment into the shape and future direction of struggles for the right to water in a range of political, geographic and socio-economics contexts, seeking to be pro-active in defining what this struggle could mean and how it might be taken forward in a far broader transformative politics.

The Right to Water engages with a range of approaches that focus on philosophical, legal and governance perspectives before seeking to apply these more abstract arguments to an array of concrete struggles and case studies. In so doing, the book builds on empirical examples from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the European Union.


Table of Contents:

Foreword – Maude Barlow

01. The Right to Water: Possibilities and Prospects Farhana Sultana and Alex Loftus

02. The ‘Commons’ Versus the ‘Commodity’: Alter -globalization, Anti-privatization and the Human Right to Water in the Global South – Karen Bakker

03. The Human Right to What? Water, Rights, Humans and the Relation of Things Jamie Linton

04. A Right to Water? Geographico-legal Perspectives – Chad Staddon, Tom Appleby and Evadne Grant

05. The Political Economy of the Right to Water: Reinvigorating the Question of Property – Kyle Mitchell

06. Scarce or insecure? The Right to Water and the Ethics of Global Water Governance – Jeremy Schmidt

07. The Right to Water as the Right to Identity: Legal Struggles of Indigenous Peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand – Jacinta Ruru

08. Legal Protection of the Right to Water in the European Union – Marleen van Rijswick and Andrea Keessen

09. Rights, Citizenship and Territory: Water Politics in the West Bank – Iliaria Giglioli

10. Water Rights and Wrongs: Illegality and Informal Use in Mexico and the U.S. – Katharine Meehan

11. The Centrality of Community Participation to the Realization of the Right to Water: The Illustrative Case of South Africa – Cristy Clark

12. The Right to the City and the Eco-Social Commoning of Water: Discursive and Political Lessons from South Africa – Patrick Bond

13. Anti-Privatization Struggles and the Right to Water in India: Engendering Cultures of Opposition – Krista Bywater

14. Seeing through the Concept of Water as a Human Right in Bolivia – Rocio Bustamante, Carlos Crespo and Anna Maria Walnycki

15. From Cochabamba to Colombia: Travelling Repertoires in Latin American Water Struggles – Verónica Perera

Imagine Life Without a Toilet

Khmer Harvest Build Habitat for Humanity Cambodia


World Toilet Organization created WTD to raise global awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation.WTD also brings to the forefront the health, emotional and psychological consequences the poor endure as a result of inadequate sanitation.


Sat 19 November was World Toilet Day – a global day to celebrate the humble toilet and raise awareness that lack of sanitation in the developing world is a major killer. Dirty water, contaminated by human waste, is killing 4,000 children a day. That’s why WaterAid has launched Water Works…

  1. World Toilet Day | WaterAid

    World Toilet Day Saturday 19 November 2011. It’s ten years since the first World Toilet Day and there are still 2.6 billion people …
  2. The world needs more toilets –

    1 day ago … More than 40 percent of the world’s population does not have access to a toilet, creating a global sanitation crisis,…
  3. World Toilet Day: Don’t flush your #rights away says UN expert on right to safe drinking water & sanitation
  4. Why the world needs more #toilets. Only 60% have access to one… that’s a lot of #stinky stuff in bushes people!!!…
  5. World Toilet Day: Matt Damon Talks Sh*t For Global Sanitation Awareness (VIDEO) – Huffington Post
  6. Of course, people always latch onto the funny side of toilets too, and there’s nothing wrong with that… A bit of toilet humour can go a long way to helping spread the message:
  7. That World Toilet Day follows International Men’s Day is a complete coincidence. Right?
  8. “@mental_floss: Today is World Toilet Day. Happy World Toilet Day.” I was going to mention about a crappy day but I changed my mind.
  9. Apparently it is world toilet day today. Amazing! Here is my contribution, coolest mens loo anywhere.
  10. But behind the humour, there are some shocking facts…
  11. RT @ONEDROPdotorg: More than one person out of three (i.e. 2.5 billion people) does not have access to a toilet #wtd2011
  12. Shocking fact: More people have a mobile phone than a toilet. via @Water #wtd2011 RT @onecampaign
  13. This is why WaterAid has launched a new global campaign, Water Works, to highlight the water and sanitation crisis, and the fact that so little money is being invested in water and sanitation even though we know – simply – that Water Works:
  14. Home – Water Works

    Tell world leaders today: Water Works! Governments can do so much more to tackle the global water and sanitation crisis. Taps and toile…
  15. Water Works
    6 days ago
  16. Toilets and taps are cheap & save lives- let’s make sure everyone has one. Support @wateraid #waterworks
  17. RT @AlertNet: Aid cash must double to tackle sanitation crisis – WaterAid #WTD2011 #WorldToiletDay // @WaterAid
  18. RT @WaterAid: Toilets and taps save lives. Check out @wateraid ‘s new campaign and video here
  19. Happy World Toilet Day! It may sound weird but 2.6 billion people have nowhere to go to the toilet.. #giveacrap #WTD2011#waterworks
  20. It was great to see Jon Snow (Channel 4) getting behind the campaign:
  21. Excellent WaterAid campaign and article on our collective failure heading toward 2015:…
    4 days ago
  22. And, in the real world, WaterAid supporters were also taking action!
  23. N London WaterAid group campaigning for World Toilet Day at Edgware Shopping Centre
  24. World Toilet Day » WASH Advocacy Initiative

    Crisis Talks are being organized across the globe on and around World Toilet Day 2011. Plans are underway in Tanzania, Nigeria, Pakista…
  25. Toilets and taps save lives. Check out @wateraid ‘s new campaign, video and infographic #waterworks Happy #wtd2011 !
  26. While in the US, WaterAid teamed up with Amnesty International to highlight the issues with their Give a Crap campaign…
  27. Clean Water and Sanitation Are Human Rights | Amnesty …

    Download our flyer – Give a Crap About Human Rights! Download our flyer – Learn more about how you can participate in our Give a Crap A…
  28. Happy #WorldToiletDay! Tell your Senators #sanitation is #womensrights #giveacrap @WaterAidAmerica @demanddignity
  29. FACT: Toilets have saved more lives than any other invention. via @gatesfoundation #WorldToiletDay #giveacrap
    4 days ago
  30. FACT: Every $1 investment in #sanitation produces $9 in economic benefits. via @gatesfoundation #WorldToiletDay #giveacrap
    4 days ago

<a href=”” target=”_blank”>View the story “World Toilet Day ” on Storify</a>]

Maps from Open Development Cambodia


From the site: “Data is taken from publicly available sources and is regularly updated. Readers are invited to contribute to make Open Development Cambodia an accurate and reliable resource.”

Would be ideal to find direct sources for the hydrology specific maps.