Using a broad international comparative perspective spanning multiple countries across South America, Europe and Africa, contributors explore resident-led self-building for low- and middle-income groups in urban areas. Although social, economic and urban prosperity differs across these contexts, there exists a recurring, cross-continental, tension between formal governance and self-regulation.
Contributors examine the multifaceted regulation dilemmas of self-building under the conditions of modernisation and consider alternative methods of institutionalisation, place-making and urban design, reconceptualising the moral and managerial ownership of the city. Innovative in scope, this book provides an array of globalised solutions for navigating regulatory tensions in order to optimise sustainable development for the future.
“The book refreshingly treats self-construction as a right to the city. As many of the chapters show, this practice, which emerges 'from below', has become an integral, often institutionalized, part of the urban self-regulation process.” Oren Yiftachel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
“Provides a powerful interrogation of the role of low-income residents in the articulation of their own livelihoods, claiming their rights and transforming policies at the political level.” Raquel Rolnik, University of São Paulo
“Drawing on examples from three continents, this book offers fresh insights into self-build housing processes and an analytical window into the global struggles over the urban space and urban governance.” Ali Madanipour, Newcastle University
Willem Salet is Emeritus Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam.
Camila L. D’Ottaviano is an architect, urban planner and faculty member in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of São Paulo.
Stan Majoor is Professor of Urban Management at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Daniël Bossuyt is a PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam.
Introduction: Self- building as a right to the city - Willem Salet, Camila D’Ottaviano, Stan Majoor and Daniël Bossuyt
Part I: The changing decors of governance
The institutionalisation of self-build governance: exemplifying governance relationships in São Paulo/Brazil/Latin America - Camila D’Ottaviano, Suzana Pasternak, Jorge Bassani and Caio Santo Amore
Contested governance of housing for low- and middle-income groups in European city-regions: the pivotal role of commissioning - Willem Salet and Daniël Bossuyt
Self-building in contested spaces: livelihoods and productivity challenges of the urban poor in Africa - Nicky Pouw and Marina Humblot
Part II: Changing housing regimes
My House, My Life Programme – Entities: two self-management experiences in the city of São Paulo - Camila D’Ottaviano, Adelcke Rossetto Netto, Cecília Andrade Fiúza, Flávia Massimetti and Juliana do Amaral Costa Lima
The Solano Trindade housing occupation as an urban self-management project in metropolitan Rio de Janeiro - Luciana Corrêa do Lago, Fernanda Petrus and Irene de Queiroz e Mello
Self-management and the production of habitat: a case study of the Alianza Solidaria Housing Cooperative in Quito - Hernán Espinoza Riera, Andrés Cevallos, Bernardo Rosero, Irina Godoy and Janaina Marx
Residents’ experiences and self-build models in Homeruskwartier, Almere - Daniël Bossuyt
Residential experiences in times of shifting housing regimes in Istanbul - Zeynep Enlil and İclal Dinçer
Experiences of the African city: urban areas in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Adama Belemviré
Implications of self-build for the social and spatial shape of city-regions: exemplifying the cases of São Paulo and Amsterdam - Camila D’Ottaviano, Stan Majoor, Suzana Pasternak and Willem Salet
From neighbourhood self-organisation to citybuilding: the case of Bathore, Kamëz (Albania) - Ledio Allkja
Conclusion: The normalisation of moral ownership - Willem Salet, Camila D’Ottaviano, Stan Majoor and