Category: Slum upgrading

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 3, formalize informality

21 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As I had shown so far in my fifteen minute talk at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC (here’s the full presentation, link in pdf), informality is the norm in rapidly growing global-south cities.  So […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 2, underwrite durability

20 September, 2012 (10:00) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Back in late May, at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC, I had fifteen minutes to describe AHI’s theory of impact in housing finance and slum upgrading, and somehow I managed to distill my full presentation (link in pdf) into […]

Six words to AHI’s philosophy: Part 1, underwrite informality

19 September, 2012 (12:34) | AHI, Essential posts, Global news, HALF, Housing, Housing finance, Informality, MEEs, Microfinance, Slum upgrading, Slums, Theory, Urbanization, World Bank |

By:David A. Smith   A month ago, at the World Bank’s Fifth Global Housing Finance Conference in Washington DC, I delivered (link in pdf) what may prove the most significant talk I’ve ever given.   Six words and then some   The talk was important not precisely for its content, although that will be the […]

Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 2, the future becomes the present

11 February, 2011 (11:09) | Aleppo, Bilateral agencies, Cities, Formalization, GTZ, Infrastructure, Islam, NGOs, Slum upgrading, Speculation, Syria, Urban renewal |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By: David A. Smith   As we saw in yesterday’s post, to create the future out of the past, a city’s infrastructure – including its grid layout and traffic patterns – have to be remade, all the while preserving the buildings that are its cultural heritage.    Crossroads of […]

Bypassing the twentieth century: Part 1, the past is ever with us

10 February, 2011 (11:11) | Aleppo, Bilateral agencies, Cities, Formalization, GTZ, Infrastructure, Innovations, Islam, NGOs, Slum upgrading, Speculation, Syria, Urban renewal |

By: David A. Smith   Cities are urban palimpsests, each new culture laid atop the old, which lies buried in the ruble underneath – or, if the city is continuously inhabited, like Aleppo, still coexisting, the new and the old cheek by jowl.   How many centuries can you see in this picture?   That […]