Architecture · Planning · Water & Sanitation
95% of urban growth in the world is taking place in developing countries, mostly in the form of slums (un.org)
One third of people from cities around the world live on informally occupied land, in hazardous environments, without basic services or security of tenure.
Architects' challenge is to help authorities not by designing new structures to substitute the old ‘messy’ ones, but by providing professional support to households without damaging the social networks on which they depend to survive.
Professional role in pro-poor urban development is being revolutionised towards a user-oriented architecture, where communities are protagonists and engage in the whole process.