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Asia-Pacific Informal Urbanism Symposium

Organiser(s): The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Urbanism Group Topics Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | Urbanisation
2018-09-25 10:00:00 2018-09-25 17:00:00 Australia/Sydney Asia-Pacific Informal Urbanism Symposium The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Urbanism Group are holding a Symposium on Asia-Pacific Informal Urbanism. Lecture Theatre 270 ALT2, The Wilkinson Building 148 City Rd University of Sydney Darlington, NSW The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning Urbanism Group Calendar Register
Asia Pacific Informal Settlements

Asia-Pacific Informal Urbanism Symposium
Understanding the city as it is: Learning from “bottom up” approaches

We live in an increasingly urban world of which some one third of inhabitants live in an informal settlement and slum. Informality cuts across all aspects of the lives of those living in such settlements as well as other parts of the city. This includes: informal architecture and shelter, shared public and private spaces, creative governance arrangements, street-based livelihoods, and sustainable small-scale transport systems. Disasters such as floods and famines, as well as refugee crises, are increasingly driving the breadth and depth of expressions of informality. The reality is the city is increasingly complex and diverse, being constructed and shaped through both formal and informal mechanisms and processes.

In 2015, a global commitment was made to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which includes the ‘urban’ SDG No. 11 which focuses on ‘safe, sustainable and resilient cities’. In 2016, a further global commitment was made to the adoption and implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) which emphasises ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘cities for all’. In the NUA, there is strong emphasis on effective and inclusive ‘participation’ and ‘knowledge’ creation to advance implementation of the NUA.

Within an Asia-Pacific context, this symposium asks what constitutes the notion of ‘bottom up’ urbanism so that communities and groups are empowered and enabled, thus better implementing the NUA and the SDGs, especially SDG 11. The symposium is premised on the notion that global policy must be defined and coloured by local contextual practice working with local communities.

Key Note Speakers:

  • Prof. Kim Dovey, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, and Director, InfUr- Informal Urbanism Research Hub, University of Melbourne
  • Prof. David Sanderson, Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair, Built Environment, University of New South Wales
  • Dr. Pamela Sitko, Resilience Consultant

The call for presentations for this event is now closed.


This is a free event, however please RSVP here to confirm attendance.