Slum Lab


SLUM Lab 9 (Made In Africa) features articles and photo essays on contemporary African architecture and urbanism, though with an emphasis on cities in South Africa. This special edition of the magazine also acts as the catalogue for the ‘Empower Shack’ exhibitionshowing at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zürich from 14 February – 19 April 2014.

The Social Design Public Action Reader



Title: The Social Design Public Action Reader; Magazine: SLUM Lab;

Editors: Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner;

Guest-Editior: Lukas Feireiss

Graphic Design: Floyd E. Schulze; Release: September 2013

On occasion of the Social Design Public Action symposium at the University of Applied Arts Lukas Feireiss guest-edited this special edition of the Slum Lab Magazine directed by Urban-Think Tank founders Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner. The reader is a research and publishing collaboration between Columbia University New York, ETH Zurich and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Initially, the magazine dealt mainly with the theme of slums and informal settlements. However, over the course of numerous publications, S.L.U.M. Lab has grown to address a wide variety of global urban themes. Since its first edition, S.L.U.M. Lab has proven to be both provocative and popular. Knowledge sharing has always been a core aspect of the magazine.

Breaking Borders: Latin Pratt Exhibition

Latin Pratt is putting on a large and impressive exhibition titled, “Breaking Borders”, in the Robert and Hazel Siegel Gallery in New York. U-TT’s work will be featured along with over a dozen other firms’ projects. Definitely stop by between Sept. 8th and November 30th.

SLUM Lab Asian Mode



The new S.L.U.M. Lab magazine presents a cross-section of contemporary practice in the Asian region, with examples of specific modes of acting in multiple local contexts. The title ASIAN MODE refers to the modus operandi, moods, modes and modalities of researchers in different urban conditions, who are deliberately moving their focus away from the generic, tabula-rasa view of development that dominated publications about Asia in the past decade. Rural and urban, mobility and migration, density and sprawl, openness and exclusion, prosperity and disparity, water and waste, all reappear in different perspectives within this magazine. The idea of this edition is to move away from cliché views on Asia, producing an image of diversity and specificity of Asian everyday life.

Last Round Ecology


We’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of the new SLUM Lab magazine, Last Round Ecology. There will be a launch party on Friday, Sept. 16th at 7pm at Van Alen Books in NYC as part of Urban Design Week 2011. You can learn more about the free event and register for it by clicking on the photo above. We hope to see you there!