“The world is not one big slum”: courses of action to support autonomous urbanisation

March 29, 2017

The spectre of the “worst of all possible worlds” or of the “slumification of the planet” described by M. Davis[1] conveys an apocalyptic representation of the future for developing cities. This shortcut is nevertheless dangerous, since it obscures the diverse reality of unplanned urban forms: precarious, unsanitary slums, unauthorised peri-urban settlements, or self-built and serviced […]

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