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Working Group B: Informal urbanism - Between sanctioned and shadow orders

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Working Group B: Informal urbanism - Between sanctioned and shadow orders

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.

Experts

Rahul Mehrotra
Moderator Rahul Mehrotra Architect, Mumbai & University of Michigan, India/USA Read CV »
Yung Ho Chang
Moderator Yung Ho Chang Architect, Beijing & MIT, China/USA Read CV »
Philippe Cabane
Philippe Cabane Sociologist/Urbanist/Researcher, Dept of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
Louise Cardoso Ganz
Louise Cardoso Ganz Architect/Artist, Unileste, Brazil
Juan Du
Juan Du Professor of Architecture, Dept of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, China/USA
Yasser Elsheshtawy
Yasser Elsheshtawy Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
Alfred Omenya
Alfred Omenya Lecturer, Dept of Architecture and Building Science, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Carlo Ratti
Carlo Ratti Director, SENSEAble City Lab, MIT, USA
Sara Topelson de Grinberg
Sara Topelson de Grinberg Architect/General Coordinator, Fundacion Centro de Investigacion y Documentacion de la Casa, Mexico Read CV »
Gretchen Wilkins
Gretchen Wilkins Assistant Professor of Architecture, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture Urban Planning, University of Michigan, USA
 

Timeline

Introduction to "Informal urbanism" and presentation of expert papers
 
Forum Details
Forum

“Urban_Trans_Formation”
April 18 to April 21, 2007

Focus Sessions
Workshops
Working Group A: Normative Urbanism - Between convention and differentiation
Working Group A: Normative Urbanism - Between convention and differentiation
Working Group B: Informal urbanism - Between sanctioned and shadow orders
Working Group B: Informal urbanism - Between sanctioned and shadow orders
Working Group C: Green urbanism - Between ecology and economy
Working Group C: Green urbanism - Between ecology and economy
Working Group D: Tourisic urbanism - Between local and global
Working Group D: Tourisic urbanism - Between local and global
Working Group E: Temporary urbanism - Between the permanent and transitory
Working Group E: Temporary urbanism - Between the permanent and transitory
Mobile Workshop 1: Conceptual Tour - Chongmin Island "Eco Island"
Mobile Workshop 1: Conceptual Tour - Chongmin Island "Eco Island"
Mobile Workshop 2: Architectural tour - Qingpu district "Venice of China"
Mobile Workshop 2: Architectural tour - Qingpu district "Venice of China"
Mobile Workshop 3: Infrastructural Tour - Pudong new city and Yangshan deepwater port
Mobile Workshop 3: Infrastructural Tour - Pudong new city and Yangshan deepwater port
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