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Architecture and Aid: Reframing Research on Informal Settlements


Informal settlements in the Bandra suburb – Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Image © Dmitry Rukhlenko via Shutterstock

Almost seven kilometers from the green of Uhuru Park in central Nairobi, lies the informal settlement of Kibera. It is an area whose urban character consists of corrugated iron roofs, mud walls, and a complicated network of utility poles. Kibera, at this point in time, is a well-known place. Much has been written and researched on this “city within a city,” from its infrastructural issues to its navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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