About p.r.santoso

I am an architect from Bandung, Indonesia; finished Masters of Urbanism in Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology on Summer 2016. Other than architecture and urbanism, I also enjoy good food, cooking, singing, travelling and idea sharing.


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The Confronting Informality Symposium is a student led event sponsored by the Chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy at the TU Delft University of Technology. The 2016 Symposium will approach informal urbanisation with social disarticulation and segregation as main perspectives.

We invite you to submit your work for a poster exhibition to be held on the next edition of the Symposium. We believe that even the smallest idea matters and will enrich the debate on the topic.

Submission’s deadline: March 4th, 2016, 17:00 CET
The exhibition will be held on March 14th – 18th, 2016 at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands.


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Confronting Informality Symposium 2016


The 2016’s symposium entitled “Informal Urbanisation: Understanding and Mitigating a Global Phenomenon” will approach the subject of urban informality from two main cores: post-calamity environments and modernization and migration processes, with social dis-articulation and segregation as main perspectives.

What is the Confronting Informality Symposium?
The Confronting Informality Symposium is a student led event sponsored by the Chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy at the TU Delft University of Technology. The symposium, in its third edition in 2016, is a result of the faculty’s and its students’ awareness of the impacts of informal urbanization in issues of social, economic and environmental sustainability of cities today. We recognize the importance of understanding its drivers and its relationships with other issues such as poverty, gender discrimination, social segregation and economic inequality.

According to the United Nations 1.5 billion people are in informal or precarious employment (UNDP, 2014) and fifty-five million slum units have been created worldwide since the year of 2000 (UN-Habitat, 2015).

The goal of the Confronting Informality Symposium 2016 is to shed light on informal urbanization, to understand its origins, drivers and impacts. Our aim is to establish a platform to debate informality and its correlations to spatial planning and urban design as well as to comprehend its impacts and liabilities on political, economic and social issues. The symposium will highlight the complexity of informal urbanization, addressing its causes, consequences and adopted mitigation actions.

Speakers from diverse backgrounds will share their understandings on the theme as well as their experiences in tackling the informality matter with diverse perspectives.

Symposium Programme
The symposium will be a one-day event consisting of several presentations and debate sessions with the following details:

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
09:00 – 17:00
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Delft University of Technology
Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft, the Netherlands

Along with the symposium, there will also be a poster and photo exhibition on the same theme to be held from Thursday, March 17th, 2016 until Friday, March 25th, 2016. The posters will be exhibited at the Berlagezaal during the symposium and in the Orange Hall of the Faculty of Architecture afterwards.

Planning to join our symposium as a participant? Register yourself here!
Are you interested in submitting a poster? Please follow this link.

This event is free of charge.

Organizing Committee 2014

“Studying at TU Delft I have developed a special interest for social and environmental sustainability as well as creating healthier and balanced communities. Being extremely concerned about our global future I am exploring how I could contribute to a better world in the most varying geographical contexts. That is why I am initiating the ‘Confronting [In]Formality’ Group.” Daniel’s LinkedIN


“Being trained in the field of urbanism at four different universities made me fully aware of the remarkable complexity behind the (re)production of forms and patterns within our cities. Thus, as an urban specialist I am extremely motivated to work on developing new models to shape and design cities based on flexibility, self-organisation and spontaneous growth. That is why I am initiating the ‘Confronting [In]Formality’ Group.” Todor’s LinkedIN

Web_Yos“As an urbanist I see informality as the sum of all non-professional involvement in the city. Studying and including this involvement is vital for the practice of urbanism, as it gives academics, professionals and students an extended insight in the workings of the city. However, to do this we need to discuss and share our experiences with informality. That is why I am initiating the ‘Confronting [In]Formality’ group.” Yos’ LinkedIN


“Throughout the mastertrack (Urbanism, TU Delft) I developed a great interest in the uneven distribution of benefits in the flourishing developing world. This urban divide is often represented by major contrasts which rarely associate with the complex reality of everyday life and realistic future alternatives. As an urban planner I am concerned about the approach of governments towards informality. That is why I am initiating the ‘Confronting [In]Formality’ Group.” Belinda’s LinkedIN