Movie Night: Life is Sacred

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As one of the event’s series, we would like to invite you to join us in our Movie Night. We will be screening “Life is Sacred”, a film by Andreas Dalsgaard.

The film is documenting Columbia’s most revolutionary periods against corruption and violence. It is a testimony through bottom-up initiatives and community engagement.

Join us in this rare event!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
18:00 – 20:00
Room A
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
TU Delft

This movie night is a collaboration effort with POLIS Platform for Urbanism and Landscape Architecture.

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2016’s Symposium Programme

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This year’s symposium will be divided into four sessions, including three presentation sessions and a debate forum to end the day. There will also be a book launching as the result of 2014’s Confronting Informality Symposium. Brief description of each sessions is as followings.

Session 1: Exclusion in Urbanism
This model of governance tends to exclude inhabitants from planning processes, informality takes place. There is an urgency in changing the structures of the cities, but there is no support (either economic or social) from the local government. In this case, communities start taking lead in participatory processes, starting by bottom-up actions and reactions against certain type of urban living.

Session 2: Governance in Transition
In transition processes, the local governments don’t have the financial resources to confront informality, but take actions by involving NGOs and interdisciplinary groups, which are the ones working on strategies and ways to include society into the planning process, with the aim to provide them maximum coverage of basic services.

Session 3: Inclusive Urbanism in Practice
At this stage, the governance model is socially inclusive, and involves community into a series of participatory processes of planning and development.  The government takes a side on helping inhabitants by asking them what they need, want, and what they can do, in order to improve the current situation. The strategies start dialogue with the local inhabitants, take actions on what they need and want, and includes them as an essential part of the process of design for the expected future.

Session 4: Debate Forum
Our general objective is to understand,discuss and contribute to the discourse of informality.Through this debate forum, we would like to raise awareness about the processes of informality in different parts of the world, its causes and consequences and how they are addressed through a spatial perspective. The debate will provide a platform for ideas exchange, networking, and further reflection on the theme of informality.

We are publishing our speaker’s profile gradually. Do not miss it, hit the yellow button below!

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Confronting [In]Formality Symposium

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International Symposium ‘Confronting [In]Formality’
Location: Berlagezaal, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology
Date: 11th December 2014

* The initiative is sponsored by the Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy (TU Delft) and Motiv.

Abstract

There is a growing attention for informal settlements and economies as important urban phenomena worth the attention of urban planners, designers and policy makers , We are witnessing a big raise in studies and projects on informality by architects and urbanists. There is a general belief that these informal structures possess an untapped potential to contribute to urban development.

Nevertheless, there is a substantial lack of knowledge on concept of informality. In the first place informal systems are strengthened by the public sector’s neglect of socio-spatial exclusion in cities. At the same time the incorporation of the informal structures in the formal urban development framework can erase the unique qualities and opportunities which informality brings to urban life.

Description

The symposium focuses on how informality is understood by contemporary practitioners in order to confront the shortcomings of urban planning and design. Responding to the current lack of discussion on this perspective at TU Delft, we would like to invite professionals, academics and students to discuss the diverse approaches in practice and academia towards different geographic and socio-economic contexts.

For a complete overview of the programme, see our website https://confrontinginformality.wordpress.com/

Join our LinkedIN group on http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Confronting-In-Formality-8190018?home=&gid=8190018&trk=my_groups-tile-grp

Thanks for sharing!

Todor Kesarovski, Yos Purwanto, Daniel Radai, Belinda van Zijl

Graduating masters students in Urbanism, TU Delft