Competition 2018 launched!

Confronting Informality


CI_PosterDesign_FinalTU Delft, in partnership with universities all over the world, is launching an ideas competition for students from any discipline concerned with the built environment and sustainable urban development. The question we wish to answer is: how to create healthy, safe and resilient living environments in informal settlements, while preserving livelihoods and social networks? How to create public goods in informal settlements while avoiding displacement?

We live in an urban world, but unplanned explosive processes of urbanisation in developing countries mean that informal settlements are growing in population and size, often without infrastructure, access to sanitation and good quality public space, without easy access to jobs and services, and many other challenges.

This ideas competition addresses the challenges of slums, as defined by UN-Habitat and addresses the need to promote sustainable, fair and inclusive urbanisation based on the principles of the New Urban Agenda.  

We wish to create a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas. We also wish to connect to students and teachers everywhere working on these topics and to foster a community of people who together will face the challenges of urbanisation in the Global South.

The winners of this competition will earn 3000 euros and be invited to showcase their work in the Rethink the City MOOC.

Please, visit our website for more information on how to participate and the prizes.

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About Roberto Rocco

I am an Associate Professor at the Section Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Our chair is one of the leading research centres in spatial planning in Europe. I am the editor of the Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanisation. If you want to contact me, please write to

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