definitive-2016-03-01_poster-01Dear TU Delft Spatial Planning and Strategy friend,

You are cordially invited to attend the he 2016’s symposium “CONFRONTING INFORMALITY: Informal Urbanisation: Understanding and Mitigating a Global Phenomenon”

Thursday, March 17th, 2016, from 09:00 – 17:00 at BOUWKUNDE (the Faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft, Julianalaan 134, Delft), at Berlagezaal

The third edition of this symposium will approach the subject of urban informality from two main cores: post-calamity environments and modernisation 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 recognise 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.

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 initiative is sponsored by:

The Chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy, Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft 
DELF GLOBAL INITIATIVE, the portal and booster of Science and Technology for Global Development at TU Delft.
STYLOS, the independent student’s association of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft (founded in 1894).
MOTIV, center for personal development in Education and Business at the Delft University of Technology.
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