Author Archives: Quilian Riano

Final Presentation

The following is a pdf in which we outline the process used to study projects going on in slums from all over the world and the players involved. The goal is that by organizing and categorizing this information, using a system of frames we created, designers will gain insight into how to best work in slums.

Final Presentation

Social Design Chart

We hope to continue to work to make the chart above an interactive website, hopefully in a partnership with an established social design organization.



Cameron Sinclair

-Architects Without Borders:

UN Habitat

Habitat for Humanity

Solid House Foundation



Estudio Teddy Cruz

Design Corps
Design Corps’ mission is to create positive change in communities by providing architecture and planning services. Our vision is realized when people are involved in the decisions that shape their lives, including the built environment.

Arquitectura 911


Urban Think Tank
Alfredo Brillembourg
(+58 212) 951-0914 / 7363

tel. 55+21+2286-1817 cel. 55+21+8169-3416

Vigliecca & Assoc.
vigliecca @
+55 11 3082-2087

In 2000, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation was invited by the municipal authority of Rio de Janeiro to develop a model project for one of the 500 favelas in the Brazilian metropolis. This international co-operation on a project in a favela was a new departure.

South East Asia:

Tel: +91 (0)20-2444 0363, (0)20- 24482045, 020-9371015311
Email: ,
Architect Pratima Joshi set up Shelter, an organization which works with slum dwellers in Pune to improve sanitation and basic accommodation.

-Waste Concerns
+880-2-9873002, +880-2-9873067, +880-2-9873110
Waste Concern
House-21(Side B), Road-7, Block-G, Banani
Model Town,


CASE is a collaboration of architects that works in slums and tries to change the traditional role of the architect.

Magazine articles

COLORS magazine : SLUMS

Mute Magazine – Naked Cities: Struggle in the Global Slums

The Free World ….of Slums

– In These Times Article –


1- PROPOSITION (proposal)
NOTES: Need to work on it?

2.1- Amplify issues + why is it a significant subject? (proposal, thesis, etc…)
2.2- Who is involved – Players, Stakeholder, Collateral Parties
2.3- Why us (Architects, LA’s, etc…)? Lead, Follow, Collaborate?
NOTES: Architecs as problems, they are working fine?  Attractive Profitable model!


4- PROPOSAL, Discussion, etc…


6- CONCLUSIONS (recommendations, next steps, etc…) does this challenge, expand, alter, notions of practice?

Proposed Structure to Move Forward

-SOCIAL | Entrepreneurship WORK
1- Case Studies of firms that have split to form a non-profit
2- Other Designers and entrepreneurs that have found ways to design, manufacture, and sell products to the poorest people in the world
3- Architecture for Humanity’s Open Architecture Network, how does it work with current legal and best-practice models?
4- Profitability Models.

NOTES: India, Brazil and X country.  that share information.

1- Case Studies (UN, UA)
2- Technologies that can allow easier communication
3- Local vs. Global issues
4- Training Managing collaborative systems

To create a framework for practice, including technical, and economic models that would allow for a collaborative system to take care of emerging markets and consumers of design. We can talk to Design Corps, Architecture for Humanity, or any such organization to see if we can begin to test out the model.