Archive for the ‘slums’ 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



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

according to living in peru, people have started rebuilding their homes, that got destroyed in the august 2007 earthquake, without the necessary building permits, creating new dangers for future trembles.  there are already regulations for self-construction in the slums of peruvian cities, but people that have been homeless for more than a month have now started to rebuild with no supervision from the local authorities.

if we accept the fact that a shelter against the elements is a persons first priority, we should also accept that people looking for shelter will not always do this according to regulations and prescriptions. people are willing to use anything in their close environments to build a roof. shigeru ban post-tsunami housing proposing to use soda-crates as foundation for housing (and than the brand depending on where the foundation needs to be build – eg. in the netherlands we would use heineken crates, in belgium jupiler) and truck covers as roof (how many freitag bags can you make out of that?) is perhaps the most famous one, but the acknowledgment of this fact has lead to a lot more interesting proposals, like the housing pictographs by fred cuny, the sandbag shelters by nader khalili or the hexayurt.

post-tsunami housing

sand bag shelter

more links here, at worldChanging

enjoi. marten


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


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