Theory for Informal Settlements and Informal Urban Growth
We want to, in collaboration with existing informal communities, develop theory for enhanced informal urban growth.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Architecture must, if to be successful, be well informed and anchored in social, economic, environmental and built contexts. We base our work on a foundation of data collection, research, urban theory and social inclusion. The collective knowledge formalise in overarching strategies for continued, and improved, informal urban development. When working with informal urban development it is of utmost importance to work within informal processes and frameworks, acknowledging principles of Informality.
Informal (Urban) Development, like Formal Development, follows a clear set of premisses, mechanisms and processes. These informal processes are heavily shaped by a dynamic network of interdependent “Principles of Informality” (comparable to the laws, regulations and economies of formal development). Informal processes and networks are all affected by these principles to a varying magnitude and in different combinations.
We are interested in research that would further develop principles, terminology and urban theory for informal urban development. The research includes various forms of on-site mapping (e.g. spatial, typo-morphologic and actor network mapping), interviews, seminars and academic collaborations.
The project aims to fill the academic hole concerning informality. The project will help architects, planners and policymakers to understand and interact with informal settlements.
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Informal communities in rapidly growing urban areas and on the border between formal and informal urban areas.
City planners, governmental organisations, city counsels, NGO:s.
Architects, planners and similar professionals.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
Our methodology is to build onto, and to enhance, existing (social, economic and cultural) networks in informal settlements. These networks are key actors and crucial for all work concerning informal development.
By finding incentives and models for collaborations that will strengthen these communities, we want to expand the “toolbox” used by informal actors, rather than giving simplified solutions.
We would argue that many informal areas are, to a great extent, flexible systems with a highly efficient use of resources. When increasing life quality, one of the major hurdles is not to increase efficiency in informal areas, but rather to make the formal civic society realise and work with the potential of the informal communities and networks.
Yes, for two or more years
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for between one and two years
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
We are two, unaffiliated, professional architects in Sweden. We both have experience from living and/or working in informal settlements in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Bhubaneswar (India), Chișinău (Moldova).
We have some connection to the Architects Sans Frontiers Sweden and their affiliated partners.