The Other City 2017-06-25T10:04:44+00:00

Project Description

The Other City

Boundaries issue n. 4

Informal settlements are a swift growing reality, which concerns almost all metropolitan centres. Slums, favelas, barrios, bidonvilles, villas miserias, baraccopoli, know no boundaries and make no distinctions between “North” and “South” of the world.
Informal settlements are a swift growing reality, which concerns almost all metropolitan centres. Slums, favelas, barrios, bidonvilles, villas miserias, baraccopoli, know no boundaries and make no distinctions between “North” and “South” of the world.
From 2007 a third of the world’s urban population – over one billion people – live in slums.
Today, informality is mostly a problem generating ways, styles and regimes of daily life that cannot be adapted to the globalized society of mass consumption. A society trapped in the “fatal illusion” of the economic development.
Of course, “degrowth” is a dirty word: «what it evokes is ambiguous, and furthermore is negative, which is an unforgivable thing in a society in which we must, at all costs, “think positive”. Briefly, degrowth is not sexy», wrote Latouche in 2010.

One of the characteristics of the slums is, precisely, of being “out of the economy”, to recover what Seabrook calls “autonomy”. The recovery of autonomy, along with the rediscovery of self-reliance – cultural, social, politic and economic –, is an essential step to rethink our strategies of land use and, therefore, the urban structure.

With contributions from: Tyin Tegnestue Architects, Urban-Think Tank, Killian Doherty, Arqui 5, Vazio s/a, Thelma Lazo-Flores, Anne Feenstra, Tanvi Maheshwari, Elio Trusiani, Flavia Restaldi, Singh Intrachooto, Architect Kidd, Ying Xiao, Shengchen Yang, Rossana Nicolò, Gabriella Restaino, Francesco Cianfarani, Stuart Maggs, Prasanna Desai Architects, Albert Company Olmo, João Guimarães + Miguel, Magalhães, Cliff Gouws.

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