Perspectives on Architecture: Anatomy of informal settlements – a story of 7 capital cities


March 18 2014 • 6.15pm
to 7.15pm



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As the issue of informal settlements around the world is uncontrollably increasing, with urban poverty predicted to rise to 50% by 2020, we look back to Charles Booth’s ‘Poverty Map of [Victorian] London’ in a search for answers for developing cities. Unique analysis of Booth's map is applied across 7 cities globally: Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Lilongwe, Nairobi, La Paz, Quito and Sofia. The aim is simple: find out if cities and informal settlements have certain behaviour patterns, which influence the slums to form in certain geographic locations depending on their wider urban context? In this talk, Sigita Burbulyte will try to examine if the results, of 3 months study trip across these 7 capital cities, can be extrapolated and suggest new insights towards greater understanding and the improvement of urban environment.

Sigita has recently graduated with masters of architecture from University of Bath and is the winner of 2013 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship with her proposal ‘Charles Booth Going Abroad’. She is interested in informal settlements formation and mapping techniques, which can suggest alternative ways of understanding developing cities.


Free event.
Advance booking (via the contact details below) is essential.




Hayley Russell
020 7307 3678







Photograph of Hanoi by Sigita Burbulyte