There is a growing attention for informal settlements and economies as important urban phenomena worth the attention of urban planners, designers, and policymakers. We are witnessing a big raise in studies and projects on informality by architects and urbanists. There is a general belief that these informal structures possess an untapped potential to contribute to urban development.

Nevertheless, there is a substantial lack of knowledge on the concept of informality. In the first-place informal systems are strengthened by the public sector’s neglect of socio-spatial exclusion in cities. At the same time, the incorporation of the informal structures in the formal urban development framework can erase the unique qualities and opportunities which informality brings to urban life.

Research Tracks – Session 2

  • Culture, Informality and Informal settlements
  • Housing ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’ types
  • Modern housing