11 June 2014

IHS: Making Cities Work

Spatial and structural principles for informal settlement upgrading: translating theory into practice. 

The approach to human settlement planning needs the inputs of several disciplines, from urban planning and design, architecture and engineering to social sciences and economics. The starting point is to have a clear understanding of the spatial and structural principles behind the configuration of settlements and the performance qualities that settlements can achieve when applying them. These principles can be used for informal settlement upgrading projects which have clear interventions on the physical sphere with the goal of improving the living conditions of the poor. The link between physical improvements and quality of life is not a simple cause-effect relationship, but one of complexity and multidimensionality, e.g. creating an open public space does not directly result in the creation of social relationships, likewise the existence of some form of social capital or community organization does not necessarily derived in the creation of a public square. Nevertheless the creation of quality built-environments can foster and contribute to achieving quality of life as long as these are accompanied by other interventions related to human and socio-economic development, good governance and sustainability.

Attend this session on the 6th of August, 14:00-15:30 in the Exhibition Forum, 2CDEFH/3A ICC. 


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