India’s Daughter, Leslee Udwin’s documentary for the BBC Storyville project, focuses for 60 minutes on the description of the rape and murder of student Jyoti Singh, an incident that came to be known as the Delhi gang rape. Viewers expecting a fully comprehensive investigation of all the social and political issues that surround gender inequality in India can avoid viewing the programme (and can probably avoid viewing documentaries in general). For those, however, seeking a starting point to begin to understand and reflect on this brutal event, India’s Daughter is painful but necessary viewing.
According to the Green City Index, a research project conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Siemens, Vienna is among the five “greenest” cities in the world. Only Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo achieve a higher position in the ranking of European cities, whereas among extra-European cities only San Francisco obtains a slightly higher score.
What is it that is shared by the town walls of Montevideo, where football team Peñarol’s supporters turn an anonymous pass highway in a colorful statement of pride for an imagined nation within the official one, with a poor suburb of Panama turned into a tourist attraction by the meticulous stubbornness of people armed with brushes and paint, what is shared by temporary gardens in forgotten areas of Dublin city center with civic activism in disadvantaged regions of Spain, where the signs of the 2008 -2010 economic crisis have left spaces once uninterruptedly claimed by private companies’ activities?
In South West England lies a city which is at the forefront of energy and transportation planning. In terms of sustainability, this city has planned massive investments: 500 million euros for transport improvements by 2015, and 300 million euros for energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2020.
If someone who loves Ireland embarks upon a new stay in Dublin toward the end of October, then he feels lucky indeed, while he drags his luggage under the dimly lit eye of pumpkins behind the windows, between shop windows veiled in woolen spider webs, studded of spiders and ghost’s silhouettes, while groups of kids bring with them to the suburbs scrap wood useful for traditional fires.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is considered one of the “greenest” urban areas in Europe. Located in the heart of the Basque Country, this Spanish city is a model for sustainable development and public space management. Its arrangement in “concentric circles”, modelled after Anglo-Saxon theories of urban planning, is one of the factors which led the city to earn the title of European Green Capital 2012.