Public lecture: Self-built Housing: Exploring Solutions Amidst Informal Settlements

On 13 May at 13h30, Dr Alexander Jachnow will give a lecture on “Self-built Housing: Exploring Solutions Amidst Informal Settlements”. You are warmly invited to join!

Illegal land occupations are the most widespread mechanism to access land in urban areas today. Considering the low income levels of growing urban populations vis-à-vis disproportionately high land and housing prices, it does not come as a surprise that those who need shelter have no other option but to illegally occupy land. The “dilemma of informal settlements”, however, can also be seen as the starting point for decentralised, circular solutions that provide for more than housing. 

Dr. Jachnow focuses on urbanization in the Global South, with expertise in planning and policies, urban governance and management. He established the EU Commission’s Urban Development Technical Facility and led the urban policies & planning team at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Rotterdam. With a background in architecture from Berlin TU and a specialization in housing studies from UNAM, Mexico City, he earned a PhD on civil society’s role in housing provision. Dr. Jachnow’s hands-on experience includes slum upgrading and housing in Latin America, urban governance in Asia and informal settlement policies in Africa. He advises governments, agencies and practitioners on urban development, with the intention of taking the oxymoron out of “sustainable urbanization”. 

The lecture will take place in room 09.06 of the K1 building of University of Stuttgart and online through this link.