»THE SOCIAL DESIGN PUBLIC ACTION READER«

SLUM LAB MAGAZINE



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.

»THE SOCIAL DESIGN PUBLIC ACTION READER«

SLUM LAB MAGAZINE

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Pirajussara Network
This project stemmed from health care research, looking at systems of  care, health insurance, healthcare policy, and health problems related  to the open waste line that is the Pirajussara river. The favela network of Pirajussara, along the border of Embu and Sao Paulo, has 4 typical conditions:
1) backyard: the river is embedded within the favela backyard, inaccessible to the public
2) road access: the river is alongside the road
3) cross-city access: one enters the home in Embu from Sao Paulo
4) access to park: river is next to green area with potential for leisure space
Along this 2.5 km strip of river network, there are 10 areas for intervention that fall under these 4 conditions.
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Comment:
This project attempts to systematize healthcare – could there be a social model to provide health insurance and possibly an HSA for citizen groups? Individual health insurance could also be an interesting model. How could this inform a responsive architecture?
-Zachary Aders

Pirajussara Network

This project stemmed from health care research, looking at systems of care, health insurance, healthcare policy, and health problems related to the open waste line that is the Pirajussara river.
The favela network of Pirajussara, along the border of Embu and Sao Paulo, has 4 typical conditions:

1) backyard: the river is embedded within the favela backyard, inaccessible to the public

2) road access: the river is alongside the road

3) cross-city access: one enters the home in Embu from Sao Paulo

4) access to park: river is next to green area with potential for leisure space

Along this 2.5 km strip of river network, there are 10 areas for intervention that fall under these 4 conditions.

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Comment:

This project attempts to systematize healthcare – could there be a social model to provide health insurance and possibly an HSA for citizen groups? Individual health insurance could also be an interesting model. How could this inform a responsive architecture?

-Zachary Aders

Corrego do Mina

Corrego do Mina – Favela along a creek with flooding risk. Images:

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The “formal” city has numerous public facilities and parks. Corrego do Mina could use access to more of these.

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Strategy for developing housing along the hillside.

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The open hillside developed with new housing.

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Drawing connections between housing and the surrounding favela fabric.

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Boulevard La Paz

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Boulevard da Paz is a site with extreme changes in topography, located on the outskirts of southern Sao Paulo city. The area lacks nearby employment opportunities and has problems with physical access along steep slopes. Water control is also an important issue as stormwater creates the risk of landslides.

I hope to use Boulevard da Paz’s topography to its advantage – creating an economically and environmentally productive space for the favela residents. I am proposing the introduction of agricultural terracing along steep valleys that are currently unusable – growing high value crops to generate income and create jobs, reinforcing the slopes to prevent landslides and using gravity to treat agricultural and urban wastewater runoff.

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