Learning from the Slums for the Development of Emerging Cities

  • Jean-Claude Bolay
  • Jérôme Chenal
  • Yves Pedrazzini

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 119)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jean-Claude Bolay, Jérôme Chenal, Yves Pedrazzini
      Pages 3-16
  3. Spatial Typology of Slums: Confronting the Dogmatic and the Obvious

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Yves Pedrazzini, Jérôme Chenal, Jean-Claude Bolay
      Pages 19-29
    3. Jérôme Chenal, Yves Pedrazzini, Jean-Claude Bolay
      Pages 31-41
  4. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Marija Cvetinovic
      Pages 45-46
    3. Fernanda Lonardoni
      Pages 71-80
    4. Anie Bras, Abigaïl-Laure Kern, Georges Eddy Lucien, Evens Emmanuel
      Pages 81-91
    5. Javier Fernández Castro
      Pages 93-103
    6. Simone Gatti
      Pages 105-114
    7. Christoph Lüthi
      Pages 115-124
    8. Aude Nikiema
      Pages 149-157
    9. Valérie Clerc
      Pages 173-187
    10. Todo Por la Praxis (TxP)
      Pages 201-210
    11. Margaret Dewar
      Pages 211-220
    12. Jean-Claude Bolay, Jérôme Chenal, Yves Pedrazzini
      Pages 221-226
  5. Theory, Practice and Interventions: How Slums Challenge the City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Jérôme Chenal, Yves Pedrazzini, Jean-Claude Bolay
      Pages 229-237
    3. Jean-Claude Bolay, Yves Pedrazzini, Jérôme Chenal
      Pages 239-247

About this book


This book deals with slums as a specific question and a central focus in urban planning. It radically reverses the official version of the history of world cities as narrated during decades: slums are not at the margin of the contemporary process of urbanization; they are an integral part of it. Taking slums as its central focus and regarding them as symptomatic of the ongoing transformations of the city, the book moves to the very heart of the problem in urban planning. The book presents 16 case studies that form the basis for a theory of the slum and a concrete development manual for the slum. The interdisciplinary approach to analysing slums presented in this volume enables researchers to look at social and economic dimensions as well as at the constructive and spatial aspects of slums. Both at the scientific and the pedagogical level, it allows one to recognize the efforts of the slum’s residents, key players in the past, and present development of their neighborhoods, and to challenge public and private stakeholders on priorities decided in urban planning, and their mismatches when compared to the findings of experts and the demands of users. Whether one is a planner, an architect, a developer or simply an inhabitant of an emerging city, the presence of slums in one’s environment – at the same time central and nonetheless incongruous – makes a person ask questions. Today, it is out of the question to be satisfied with the assumption of the marginality of slums, or of the incongruous nature of their existence. Slums are now fully part of the urban landscape, contributing to the identity and the urbanism of cities and their stakeholders.


Developing Countries Integration of Rural Migrants Slums Urban Landscape Urban Planning Urbanism

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Bolay
    • 1
  • Jérôme Chenal
    • 2
  • Yves Pedrazzini
    • 3
  1. 1.Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31792-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31794-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0072
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