Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-Constructed City

Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-Constructed City

This is the first book to address future informal settlements at the global scale. It argues that to foster favourable conditions for the sustainable evolution of future informal cities, planners must consider the same issues that are paramount in formal urban developments, such as provision of:




balanced land uses
energy efficiency and mobility
water management and food sufficiency
governance and community participation
productivity and competitiveness
identity and sense of place


Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements makes a call for responsible action to address the urban challenges of the developing world, suggesting that the vitality of informality, coupled with spatial design and good management, can support the efficient use of resources in better places to live.


The book analyses the strengths and weaknesses of informal urbanism and the challenges faced by the fast growing cities of the developing world. Through case studies, it demonstrates the contributions and limitations of different attempts to plan ahead for urban growth, from the creation of formal housing and urban infrastructures for self-built dwellings to the improvement of existing informal settlements. It provides a robust framework for planners and designers, policy-makers, NGOs and local governments working to improve living conditions in developing cities.
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  • Product code: 9781138595040
  • Barcode: 9781138595040
  • Release date: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: David Gouverneur
  • Publishing company: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Year of publication: 18.05.2018
  • Book format: Paberback
  • Pages: 292

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