Working Group B, moderated by Rahul Mehrotra, India/USA and Yung Ho Chang, China/USA, discussing the topic of "Informal urbanism - Between sanctioned and shadow orders"
Rahul Mehrotra (left), India/USA and Yung Ho Chang, China/USA, co-moderated the workshop "Informal urbanism - Between sanctioned and shadow orders" at the 2nd Holcim Forum held in Shanghai in 2007.
Contemporary cities are comprised of parallel forms of social alliance, some legal and established, others outside the sway of official purview. While often held apart, these competing orders share at times the same urban stage.
The intermingling of formal and informal modes of organization promotes a split condition, leaving its traces in the very fabric of the city. This confounds practiced renditions of urban governance which adhere to top-down approaches without due attention given to bottom-up processes of self-regulation.
Whereas traditional urban design is inclined to follow both formal and top-down routes, the current situation demands a bifurcated sensibility attuned to a balance between official control and participatory agency.
April 20, 2007 | Workshop Conclusion
The workshop reporters present the findings and conclusions of the workshops.
April 20, 2007 | Working Group B Part 2
Experts and participants continue to collaborate.Alfred Omenya, Kenya: Network analysis as an alternative tool for understanding and intervening in informal housing: case studies from Nairobi, Kenya (PDF, 245.82 KB) »Carlo Ratti, USA: Real time Rome (PDF, 356.12 KB) »Sara Topelson de Grinberg, Mexico: Huixquilucan the challenge of growth (PDF, 368.02 KB) »Gretchen Wilkins, USA: Tsukiji Micro Urbanism (PDF, 101.99 KB) »
April 18, 2007 | Working Group B Part 1
Experts and participants start to collaborate on the topic of the workshop.Philippe Cabane, Switzerland: Inbetwixt legal and illegal A philosophical approach to the rights of urban poor (PDF, 50.05 KB) »Louise Cardoso Ganz, Brazil: Empty Lots: Collective action of experimental urban occupation (PDF, 489.96 KB) »Juan Du, USA: Don’t Underestimate the Rice Fields (PDF, 436.76 KB) »Yasser Elsheshtawy, United Arab Emirates: Transitory Sites: Mapping Dubai's 'Forgotten' Urban Public Spaces (PDF, 1.17 MB) »