How can we improve informal settlements without bulldozing them?
What can we learn from them?
As the world moves towards urbanization, cities are becoming increasingly complex. By 2050, about 70% of the world's population is expected to live in urban areas, projected to reach 6.3 billion people. In many cities this will be informal settlements.
We must find new solutions to meet the complex challenges of the future. We pose an opportunity to rethink current models and invent new systems and strategies for a more livable, equitable, and resilient future.
A non-traditional methodology that collects and groups the different indicators and definitions of informality found in existing research and reports. By doing so, the new taxonomy will enable the development of unified standards that will allow researchers on the ground to assess informal settlements with a degree of commonality across the globe.
The Toolkit of Technologies aims to translate the knowledge gathered through the Taxonomy collected into actionable and impactful insights for new technologies shaping existing and future communities.