361 Degree -The Conference-2010 Design & Informal Cities

361 Degree -The Conference-2010 Design & Informal Cities


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Raising an Issue
Slums - also known as shantytowns, squatter cities, and informal settlements � are undeniably a serious urban problem. They epitomize city cores that are overcrowded, unhealthy, and emblems of profound inequality. But among architects, planners, and other thinkers, there is a growing realization that they also possess unique strengths, and may even hold lessons in successful urban development. Prince Charles the British monarch post his visit to Dharavi - India’s largest slum- in 2003 noted the “underlying, intuitive ‘grammar of design’ and predicted that “in a few years’ time such communities will be perceived as best equipped to face the challenges that confront us because they have built-in resilience and genuinely durable ways of living.” In saying so he echoed development specialists and slum dwellers themselves in arguing that slums have assets along with their obvious shortcomings. Their humming economic activity and proximity to city centers represent big advantages over the subsistence farming that many slum dwellers have fled along with the constant upgrading and expansion of homes.

The 2010 focus of 3610 -The Conference is on Design & Informal Cities. It aims to address the need for design interventions in the informal sectors of urban existence which are integral to the city. Scheduled between 22 to 24 October 2010, it is being organized jointly by the Indian Architect & Builder magazine and Citizens’ Groups that are actively involved with issues concerning informal settlements in Mumbai and especially the future of Dharavi � one of Asia’s largest informal settlements, under much scrutiny. We believe, the question of design of these settlements has not been adequately articulated when discussing and imagining ‘Futures for the Informal City’ � and the role of the platform remains to draw the attention of all local stakeholders on the role of physical design in the evolution of this informal sector as a part of the larger urban grid

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