11 July 2014

Session Feature: Making Cities Work

Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Rotterdam: Making Cities Work – SPATIAL AND STRUCTURAL PRINCIPLES FOR INFORMAL SETTLEMENT UPGRADING: TRANSLATING THEORY INTO PRACTICE

 

WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST 14.00-15.30 | The Forum Hall 2 CDEFH / 3A ICC

 

The approach to human settlement planning needs the inputs of several disciplines, from urban planning and design, architecture and engineering to social sciences and economics. The starting point is to have a clear understanding of the spatial and structural principles behind the configuration of settlements and the performance qualities that settlements can achieve when applying them. These principles can be used for informal settlement upgrading projects which have clear interventions on the physical sphere with the goal of improving the living conditions of the poor. The link between physical improvements and quality of life is not a simple cause-effect relationship, but one of complexity and multidimensionality, e.g. creating an open public space does not directly result in the creation of social relationships, likewise the existence of some form of social capital or community organization does not necessarily derived in the creation of a public square. Nevertheless the creation of quality built-environments can foster and contribute to achieving quality of life as long as these are accompanied by other interventions related to human and socio-economic development, good governance and sustainability.

Ore Faturoti Fika is an urban planner and architect. She is a specialist in urban land and housing development. Her main area of expertise is inclusionary housing and zoning, land tenure systems, community land trust, spatial development for cities, benefits sharing in response to resettlement projects and sustainable urbanism. She is currently the program coordinator of the Urban Management and Development- Sustainable Urbanism (UMDSU) program at HIS, Rotterdam. She is also part of IHS Master’s program research workshop- Land Value Capture. Before IHS, she worked as an architect and project manager on a housing project in Lagos, Nigeria. She also worked in Italy, UAE, South Africa, Liberia, Ghana and Tunisia.

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