Alexander Jachnow

Alex

As member of the discussion panel, we are proud to present dr. Alexander Jachnow. He has worked in informal settlements in Mexico, Brazil and lately in Bangladesh on diverse levels, such as housing improvements, favela upgrading and reconstruction. He leads different projects that focused on dealing with slums and informality in an inclusive way. He believes in encouraging people to work on place- and city-making beyond the widely constructed dichotomy of formal vs. informal.

 

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David Juárez

David

David is restless inhabitant, architect and co-founder of Straddle3, a multidisciplinary team that work with open source environments. He is also an active member of Arquitecturas Colectivas network. Next to their current projects including a private house self-built by its owner out of recycled materials, they are also working on free software tools for collaborative architecture and urban transformation.

Rohan Varma

Rohan

Rohan Varma graduated as an architect from KRVIA (University of Mumbai) in 2009. After working for two years at Charles Correa Associates in Mumbai, he was invited to teach for a year at the KRVIA in Mumbai. In 2011, he was awarded the JN Tata and KC Mahindra Scholarships to pursue higher studies abroad, subsequently graduating with honorable mention from the Delft University of technology (TU Delft) in 2013 with a Masters in Architecture. His final year thesis project Integrating Informality under the tutelage of Prof. Dick van Gameren was nominated for the Dutch Archiprix Award. Since graduating he is working as an architect at the Delft based Mecanoo Architecten, while simultaneously writing articles on affordable housing and informality in the Developing World along with professors from the TU Delft.

Jaap Klaarenbeek

Jaap

Jaap is urban designer, architect and partner of Posad-Rosa Estratégias Espaciais, Spatial Strategies. Since 2008 he carried out various projects in Brazil in the formal and informal city. He believes that good spatial strategies render the formal/informal dichotomy irrelevant.

“In the past years I have worked in various Brazilian communities and grass-root projects, but also for formal clients. During the TU Delft informality meeting I would like to focus on how dealing with informality is inescapable when doing projects in Brazil. Questions on how to deal with informal processes in the city always pop-up, also while working formal clients as municipalities. This leads to interesting situations and solutions that attempt to bridge the gap between what is often seen as a dichotomy. I will explain this showing a project we have recently done for the municipality of São Bernardo, which asked us the devise a strategy to improve the quality of their sidewalks.” 

Diego Sepulveda

Diego

Dr. Diego Sepulveda is a designer and a regional planner. He is specialized in regional development with experiences on infrastructural development and socio spatial integration, with particular interest on the conditions for integration of the local levels on the metropolization processes. Lately his work is defined by the integration of the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in a developing economic context.

Position & organizations:

–       teacher and senior researcher, coordinator of the Complex city region Lab, department of Urbanism at Delft University of technology;

–       guest professor at amongst others Buenos Aires University, Vienna University, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile;

–       active researcher at the Randstad Centre for spatial planning in The Nederland, from where he has participate as consultant for diverse governmental and non governmental projects, In China, India and several cities in Latin-America;

–       diverse publication, his work have been part of several studies from academia to multilateral agencies (e.g. the world bank and the inter-American developing bank).

Laura Smits

Laura

Laura Smits has been working in Haiti since 2012. First working on participatory urban design and mapping in informal neighbourhoods of Port au Prince with Architecture for Humanity; then for UN Habitat documenting informal urbanisation processes and working with government on spatial planning and housing policy, and now for Cordaid on a project about upgrading and activating public space.

In Haiti, the Canaan area north of Port au Prince is a fascinating example of informal urbanisation. In less than five years, the area went from being uninhabited to housing around 150,000 people.  Analysing  the institutional and social processes at play in the settlement of the area can provide us with valuable insights in informal urbanisation, but also is key in developing appropriate ‘interventions’ for the area.

Vera Kreuwels

Vera

Vera is an urban planner working as a technical advisor for CRS. In (post-) disaster and –conflict settings she seeks to assist affected communities with community based local solutions that offer safe, adequate and durable shelter within an integrated settlement approach. She has worked in several emergency and long-term urban and rural reconstruction projects in Haiti, Pakistan, Philippines, Central African Republic, Bosnia Herzegovina and Gaza.

Giorgio Talocci

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Giorgio Talocci is a Teaching Fellow in the MSc Building and Urban Design in Development at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (University College London), where he teaches the modules ‘Critical Urbanism Studio II’ and ‘Urban Design for Development’ and coordinates the DPU summerLab workshop series. In the last years, Giorgio and the MSc BUDD team and students have been working along with urban poor communities, grassroots organisations, networks of professional and academics. Treading on the multiple thresholds between Global North and South, formality and informality, doing and not doing, design as activism and design as research, they endeavour toward a collective, shared and people-driven production of space and knowledge in nowadays’ contested urbanisms.

Kria Djoyoadhiningrat


Our following note speaker is Kria Djoyoadhiningrat, an architect and co-founder of Casa Legal, a multi-disciplinary support strategy to develop informal settlements. He believes the best experts in the design process are most of the time the inhabitants and the users. Kria dedicates himself as professional to harness their power.