A selection of urbaninform mini-documentaries is featured at the North-South Forum, a conference on urban transormations debating formal and informal development.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 9:30 – 16:00 h
ETH Zurich, Main Building, Semperaula, HG G.60, Rämistrasse 101, Zurich
The conference is organized by the North-South Centre, which is the focal point of the ETH Zurich in all affairs that involve developing countries and emerging economies. The centre promotes research collaboration and capacity development in international development and cooperation covering the technical, natural, human and social sciences.
The global proportion of the urban population has already exceeded 50% and is constantly increasing. A substantial extent of growth and development in urban areas is “informal”, located on the border or outside of planning and legal frameworks. In a world in which one out of three urban residents live in so-called
slum conditions, the unprecedented scale, complexity and variety of both informal settlements and urban activities challenge our definition of development. Despite the existence of housing programmes, slum upgrading and governance reforms,
urban informality persists and multiplies. The North-South Forum aims at addressing the interface between formality and informality in urban transformation in order to show the peculiarities and vitality of these hybrid development processes. In the quest to understand strategies of urban survival and to develop more salient views of contemporary urban realities, we aspire to broaden the prevailing boundaries of development by incorporating both informal and formal structures and processes.
In March 2012 urbaninform established a partnership with Onepointfive, a project by Riebenbauer Design.
Onepointfive is convinced that sustainable development can only be successful if people can free themselves from the individual and visible poverty. For us, it is important to preserve the cultural heritage in each region, rather than homogenize poverty.
Onepointfive stands for the new consciousness of a generation of companies committed to building a sustainable future. As a financing platform we support projects with our partners in the tension between sustainable development assistance, architecture and design.
Onepointfive combines the industry-wide collaboration of international companies, NGOs and the creative industries. To recruit the members of the association of suppliers and customers to provide 1.5% of any service for the development and thus contributing to the development of projects.
Together with our experienced development partner urbaninform we support projects and each year we select an annual lead project. Onepointfive supports the funded projects of urbaninform with predictable financial support. Projects are supported directly and realized immediately - that's how we are able to guarantee an understandable and comprehensible use of the donated funds.
Onepointfive also acts as a documentation platform where the lead-supported project will be, in addition to financing, published in the form of a media package (film, book, photograph, etc.).
Our members receive the Onepointfive-seal for their commitment, which they can use together with the documentation package for their own communications and advertising interests.
Check-out the website Onepointfive.org !
Two of our urbaninform members have been awarded with Global Holcim Innovation prices for their integrated solution projects!
A school project in Gando, Burkina Faso, a multifunctional community center in São Paulo, Brazil, and an urban renewal plan in Berlin, Germany are the winners of the Global Holcim Awards for 2012. These leading sustainable construction projects were selected from 15 finalist submissions by a jury of independent experts. The finalists were the regional Holcim Awards 2011 winning projects that had been selected from more than 6,000 entries in 146 countries.
A secondary school project in Burkina Faso that integrates social and environmental performance won the top prize of USD 200,000. The design for the school in the village of Gando was created by Diébédo Francis Kéré of Kéré Architecture in Berlin, who are also the authors of our lead project "Women's Center in Burkina Faso" in cooperation with Onepointfive.
The Global Holcim Awards Silver was awarded to a project that transforms an eroded landscape in São Paulo into a productive zone and dynamic public space. The project is led by architects Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner of Urban-Think Tank, Brazil, who are also members of the urbaninform network, represented with the following project: