Informal Urbanism

Cities around the world are growing without the capacity of top-down control. Informal urbanism is an example of bottom-up processes that shape the city. Can these processes be harnessed in ways that make them more effective and productive?

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Jacqueline Tellinga : On Politics, Building and Almere

International New Town Institute conference New Towns & Politics Friday 12 november 2010, Library Almere With the fourth INTI conference, New Towns & Politics, we wish to explore thoughts, analyses, projects, designs and political actions pertaining to the political dimension of New Towns, old and new. http://www.newtowninstitute.org

Top-Down, Bottom-Up Urban Design - The New Yorker

About three years ago, the sociologist Richard Sennett asked his friend and colleague Joan Clos, the executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program, if he had ever read the Athens Charter, by the architect Le Corbusier. Published in 1943, the charter shaped the design of European and American cities for decades after the Second World War.

MVRDV: Freeland

Freeland, developed by MVRDV and The Why Factory for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 'Common Ground', explores the prospects of complete liberation of urban planning. (Animation by SYNPLE). While not making a specific connection to Complexity thinking, it is a good example of the potential power of bottom-up self-organizing cities.