The Confronting Informality Symposium is a student led event sponsored by the Chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy at the TU Delft University of Technology and several other organisations.
The symposium, which had its third edition in 2016, is a result of the faculty’s and its students’ awareness of the impacts of informal urbanisation 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 is to shed light on informal urbanisation processes, to understand its origins, drivers and impacts and to seek for examples of urban reform. 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 urbanisation, addressing its causes, consequences and adopted mitigation actions.
Speakers from diverse backgrounds share their understandings on the theme as well as their experiences in tackling the informality matter with diverse perspectives.
The symposium is a one-day event consisting of several presentations and debate sessions. Along with the symposium, there is also a poster and photo exhibition on the same theme.
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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