Archive for the ‘poverty’ Category

For Lot, Ciska, Sietze, Rachel and all others involved in sustainable design in developing countries. Cameron Sinclair created a network of open source architecture for instant sustainable development. Many interesting and inspirational initiatives.

Enjoy, Matthijs


sorry it’s dutch. its an interview from the program Netwerk from the 2nd of october about the benefit of development aid of the last fifty years.

De ontwikkelingshulp van de laatste vijftig jaar heeft nauwelijks iets uitgehaald. Dat stelt de Amerikaanse econoom William Easterly. Onlangs verscheen de Nederlandse vertaling van zijn boek over dit onderwerp. In Netwerk een interview met Easterly. Presentatie: Tijs van den Brink.


Here is an organisation who deal with slums and shacks. Looking around on their website learned that the at least provide a lot of info: documents, pictures, videos, links etc. What they actually do was not totally clear to me. I would say: check it out!

viel spass!


Lecture about Open Source Architecture;

“I wish to develop a community that actively embraces innovative and sustainable design to improve living conditions for all.”

sorry the docu is in dutch and spanish…
In mei was er er een hele toffe documentaire op tegenlicht, ik vond het erg inspirerend…
grtjs, margreet


In Carácas: De Informele Stad portretteert Rob Schröder een stad die in veel opzichten exemplarisch is voor de exploderende urbanisatie op continenten als Afrika en Zuid-Amerika. Met de jonge, activistische architecten Alfredo Brillembourg en Hubert Klumpner, trok Schröder dit voorjaar door de barrios van Carácas, de sloppenwijken waar Commandante Chávez zijn machtsbasis heeft.

de informele stad


The Solid House Foundation’s (SHF) objective is to create, conduct and facilitate housing projects in poor communities. Next to this, the SHF stands for empowering local organisations with both knowledge and practical skills. The intention of this increase of knowledge is to enable local inhabitants’ associations to independently prepare and build successful housing projects. The construction is therefore done in a fairly simple, inexpensive and sustainable manner.



after french justice, the world is now also gay for social justice.

according to wikipedia, social justice “refers to the concept of a just society, where “justice” refers to more than just the administration of laws. It is based on the idea of a society which gives individuals and groups fair treatment and a just share of the benefits of society. Different proponents of social justice have developed different interpretations of what constitutes fair treatment and a just share. It can also mean distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society or community.”

especially architects are starting to realize that we are not just here to make nice buildings, we are also here to make a difference. two of these architects making a difference are ava bromberg and nicholas brown, who are organizing an exhibition event in los angeles in septoctnov, just space(s). it aims to give an overview of the unjust spaces of the past and present, and tries to inspire visitors to create the just spaces of the future.

lots to read here:

just space(s)
editorial note: why spatial justice?
spatial justice bibliography
critical spatial practice blog

the godfather of just(ice), MLK

enjoi. marten

As the demands on the world’s planners grow, academics from around the world gathered at a recent conference and expressed great unease about their ability to prepare the next generation of architects to build for this urban future.

“Every year the urban population increases by 80 million, equivalent to the population of Germany,” said Lars Reutersward, an architect and director of the global division at UN Habitat, the United Nations department that looks at urban development.

“Within that there will be an increase in slum dwellers the size of Holland and Belgium put together – 35 million – every year. This is a complete disaster, and it doesn’t have to happen,” he added.

read the whole atricle on the International Herald Tribune website

ciao Edwin


Although it’s already in the listed links, BLDGBLOG features some articles you might want to read, like:

Architectural Sustainability

for Erik


Interview with Mike Davis: Part 1

(a.o. about his book ‘Planet of slums) for the slum-enthousiasts among us


Here is why, according to Stewart Brand in 3.17 min. :

Stewart Brand: Why squatter cities are a good thing (video)

“These (slums) are real neighborhoods, a legitimate form of urban development.” says Robert Neuwirth. He does that in 14.15min:

Robert Neuwirth: The “shadow cities” of the future (video)

and might they not be so wonderful, then listen to Majora Carter how to improve them with a environmentally friendly swing:

Greening the ghetto