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Slums: New Visions for an Enduring Global Phenomenon

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Harvard Center for Government and International Studies

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There are very few signs that slums will transition out of the urban landscape in the foreseeable future. Even after more than one and a half centuries of policy interventions, starting from the effects of industrialization in Europe, slums persist in almost every geography on the planet. Slums are not only visible in the Global South, but are reappearing in old and new manifestations in the Global North. Their persistence can be linked to a number of political and economic failures to effectively address poverty and inequality, distorted land markets, and systemic social exclusion. These failures are, in turn, rooted in the very way policymakers, global media, and intellectuals conceptualize and represent how, why, and by whom slums are produced, maintained, and reproduced. Slums continue to be imagined as urban aberrations, something that falls outside of (or delinked from) urban ecologies.

Slums: New Visions for an Enduring Global Phenomenon is a symposium being held at the Harvard Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts from September 20-22, 2018, that challenges its participants to discuss the range of perceptions and systemic changes needed to re-imagine integrative urban and social landscapes, as well as the labor and land markets that most often underpin the formation of slums. Organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy,
the symposium seeks to advance new policy, financial, design, and educational tools that both improve existing slums and generate alternatives to future ones.

A diverse group of academic, policy, design & media experts, and community representatives will bridge historically siloed narratives about slums and discuss innovative ways to address them.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jose Baravelli, Tereza Architechture and Urbanism
  • Somsook Boonyabancha, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights
  • Martha Chen, Harvard Kennedy School and WIEGO
  • Michael Cohen, The New School
  • Alejandro de Castro Mazarro, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (2019)
  • Fernando de Mello, URBEM Institute of Urbanism and Studies for the Metropolis
  • Alejandro Echeverri, Center for Urban and Environmental Studies of EAFIT University; Former Loeb Fellow
  • Brodwyn Fischer, University of Chicago
  • George Galster, Wayne State University
  • Sumila Gulyani, The World Bank
  • Alejandro Haiek Coll, LAB.PRO.FAB
  • Christopher Herbert and David Luberoff, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
  • Flávio Higuchi Hirao, Usina Centro de Trabalho para o Ambiente Habitado
  • Jorge Francisco Liernur, University Torcuato di Tella
  • Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • George McCarthy, Robin Hacke, Enrique Silva and Martin O. Smolka, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design and RMA Architects
  • Sheela Patel, Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres
  • Janice Perlman, The Mega-Cities Project
  • Edgar Pieterse, African Centre for Cities
  • Lyvia Rodriguez, Executive Director, El Cano Martin Pena ENLACE Project
  • Michael Uwemedimo, University of Roehampton and Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform
  • Charlotte Vorms, University of Paris
  • Peter Ward and Jake Wegmann, University of Texas at Austin
  • Theresa Williamson, Catalytic Communities
  • Nicholas You and M. Lorena Zárate, Global Business Alliance


The symposium will be held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and the Harvard Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS). It starts on the evening of Thursday, September 20, with a keynote about the representation of slums in film and media at the Harvard GSD and continues on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22 at CGIS with full days of presentations and discussions.

For the complete agenda and additional information, please visit the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies website.

Co-sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Loeb Fellowship, and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #SlumsNewVisions


PLEASE NOTE: The registration is now closed. Non-registered attendees will still be allowed in as space allows. The webcast will also be live streamed on our website for those unable to join us in person.

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