S.L.U.M.Lab directors: Professors Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner
In collaboration with ETH Zürich, D-ARCH, FCL Singapore
Editors: Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, Kees Christiaanse
Associate editor: Tessina Schenk
FCL Coordinator: Stephen Cairns
Special Thanks: D-ARCH, ETHZ, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schmitt, Prof. Rolan Altenburger, UZH
The new S.L.U.M. Lab magazine presents a cross-section of contemporary practice in the Asian region, with examples of specific modes of acting in multiple local contexts. The title ASIAN MODE refers to the modus operandi, moods, modes and modalities of researchers in different urban conditions, who are deliberately moving their focus away from the generic, tabula-rasa view of development that dominated publications about Asia in the past decade. Rural and urban, mobility and migration, density and sprawl, openness and exclusion, prosperity and disparity, water and waste, all reappear in different perspectives within this magazine. The idea of this edition is to move away from cliché views on Asia, producing an image of diversity and specificity of Asian everyday life.
SLUM Lab works as a nomadic enterprise, bringing planners, architects, and students from all areas of the globe to converge and to work towards an understanding of the link between urban planning and poverty alleviation. Using Urban Think Tank (U-TT), an already established architecture firm in Caracas, the SLUMLab hopes to stage an exploration of the intersection between social/political and environmental activism to come up with the notion of a collective territory, and also a territory of collaboration that transgresses hemispheric boundaries. The structure of the Lab is fluid with transient staff and global sights of intervention that accommodate architects and planners coming from different parts of the world to incorporate their inimitable insight and then return to their bases and pass forward the experiences gained creating a network of dialogue throughout the world of architecture and urban planning.