Andrea Rigon

Andrea Rigon

working on inequalities, diversity and cities in global South. Based at Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London. Founder of Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre. T: @rigonandre

Location London


  • I read great comments on the challenges of dealing with the very important issue of mobility. one of the key elements for a just city

  • just a small point. state retreated in the late 1970s and 1980s following the most hardcore neoliberal policies but more recently there has been an increased recognition of the importance of the role of the state. in many contexts, including in African countries, the state is building its own capacity, including in urban planning

  • thanks for sharing this example from Wolwerivier

  • totally agree

  • nicely put

  • very interesting comparison with Accra whose residents also suffer from regular flooding

  • you have identified the core of the issue. too often, they just get evicted or a threat of eviction. Also the situation in some high risk area can be mitigated. Although in other areas, relocation is the only viable option

  • Thanks for your thoughtful comments

  • Welcome to week 4!

  • this sounds better. unfortunately, in the UK often you have time to submit some written comments that are barely considered

  • thank you for this very interesting example

  • I am not sure that giving time for comments is a form of participatory planning. like you say it should be an interactive process

  • thanks, great to read about this great work in Lima

  • Thanks, very interesting example!

  • interesting perspective adding a time dimension

  • great comments but I don't see direct answers to the question posed. What policies towards informal settlements can unleash residents’ resources and capacities, and so improve their lives? Can you think about a positive example?
    The example can be from any country. The more details you provide about the policy, the more we can learn!

  • Thanks for your nice comment!

  • nice example!

  • which city?

  • great example. I live in Elephant & Castle and I have seen exactly what you describe

  • very interesting point about inside views. When we move to participatory planning we will discuss how communities develop their own understanding of spatial injustices. On the inequalities within informal settlements, I have a book coming out in May.

  • complex concept but opens up the way we look at social phenomena spatially

  • Thanks for sharing this great sourcebook

  • great to see this historical comparative discussion!

  • whose perspective? for whom? and with whom are key questions. Thanks for pointing it out @EileenJahn

  • very comprehensive understanding of planning!

  • @AndreaOyuela great to hear about this. My colleagues have worked on food systems and urban health in nairobi. Here is a summary of their project: Integrated studies on the emergence of zoonoses in urban settings

  • nice to see you here. I read your pice with Acuto and Butcher on urban knowledge in an infodemic. Brilliant work

  • welcome!

  • look forward to hear if there is any connections or comparative learning we can do between Buenos Aires and Freetown

  • Salvador is one of my favourite city! look forward to hear more about your work there

  • bienvenida!

  • Welcome!

  • References are not always relevant to the course but they have been quoted in the materials presented and so we have to put them, should learners want to verify or learn more

  • Thanks for sharing this interesting link

  • immanent is not about merits or not, it is there whether we like it or not. We need to understand it in order to properly plan intentional Big D development

  • great point! we will discuss relocations and evictions of informal settlements in the coming weeks and how participatory planning can counter these processes

  • I like how you highlight that urban planning is about responding to a set of values! often planning is presented as purely technical and neutral while like you say it is informed by normative values

  • I like thinking of urban planning as an interdisciplinary field. unfortunately, it is often conceived and taught as a very strict and narrow discipline and this causes major problems in African cities

  • i'd say that planning is broader and much more than physical design

  • great point about planning being a process made by a plurality

  • I like how succinct this explanation is. it gets to the gist

  • @PaulaPriebe good point about the need to clarify the meaning of development and often discussing this with all stakeholders is fundamental to collectively decide its direction

  • at the end of the course, those who want can submit an essay and the submission process will be explained clearly

  • Hello everyone! I look forward to get to know you and learning from you through this course!

  • look forward to hear about your work in Morocco