#9 Urban Economics and Law– Inherited disorder: Why Poland’s Urban Landscape is on dismental

“Understanding of the total historical setting is bound to contribute to a clearer view of theactual course of affairs” (vgl: Deutsch) and enables understanding the origin of nowadays’revitalisation areas. Due to meaningful differences in political situation between Western European countries and Poland, especially since late 1790, which indicatively leveraged the further developmentof the land, the …

#8 Exclusion at its most: Social Apartheid Nowadays

The term apartheid is mostly associated with legistalated racial discrimination ans segregation which took place in South Africa for nearly 50 years in the XX. century on eyes of the whole world. Although being for many already a closed chapter of humanity's dark history, apartheid is a part of everyday's reality to hundert thousands of people …

#7 Inspired by Nature of Favelas – Social Housing Concept of Paraisopolis 

In 2009 a Swiss architect, Christian Kerez, started to study the phenomena of favela and its high spatial and social value. He concluded that, despite of general negative picture which is an outcome rather from extreme social exclusion than intended isolation and degradation, focusing on evaluation and implementation of valuable aspects of informal settlement could …

#6 Urban Social Inclusion: Quinta Monroy Housing Project, Iquique, Chile

“The Chilean Government asked us to resolve the following equation: To settle the 100 families of the Quinta Monroy, in the same 5,000 sqm site that they have illegally occupied for the last 30 years which is located in the very center of Iquique(..). We had to work within the framework of the current Housing Policy, using a …

#5 Handmade urbanism and ACAIA Institute, São Paulo, Brazil

“Handmade urbanism is the way of providing urban change carried out by local residents in their own neighbourhoods or communities, with their own hands and means. It starts with the residents recognizing a problem, followed by the active realization of an idea to solve that immediate issue. Community initiatives evolve from those active gestures and …