About the Event
We expect cities to be formally organized and regulated, especially when it comes to housing. Urban informality, however, is a phenomenon we are seeing in cities around the world. By definition, informal settlements are areas where houses have been constructed on lands without legal claim or occupancy. High prices, discrimination, etc. push people to these informal settlements, as they are left with little to no other options. These settlements are known to be unplanned due to not following the planning and building regulations. Not following these regulations can lead these neighborhoods to struggle with different issues, such as lacking basic services and infrastructures to name a few. In this special of Designing Cities For All, we aim not only to understand the city government ’s attitudes toward these informal settlements but also to explore what actions need to be taken to regulate and upgrade them. We will reflect on these topics with designers, urban planners, researchers, and practitioners.
In DCFA we believe everything around us has been once designed and therefore can be redesigned. Thus anyone interested in design who assumes themselves as a designer is highly welcome to join this programme. Audiences may vary from urban planners and architects to students and scholars. You can join us physically in the studio or watch the programme online.
Pakhuis de Zwijger is an accessible, independent, and safe public meeting place for everyone. A contemporary 'talking house' with a strong online environment that has opted for dialogue as a form of conversation. A place where we jointly formulate ambitions and present different opinions and insights in order to arrive at creative solutions for the urgent and complex social issues of our time. Where we bring artists and designers together with scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and citizens in all their diversity. Where together we visualize the city and metropolitan region of tomorrow, test research results against everyday practice, and present technological and social innovation as alternatives to current policy and actual reality.