The majority of the ongoing extensive urbanization of East Africa is informal and occurs beyond the limits of state control and regulatory systems. This development is characterized by lack of urban planning, infrastructure provision and formal rights to the land. Lack of land rights constitute a major issue within urban development in East Africa, as it leads to forced evictions as well as exclusion from public services and citizenship, compromising sustainable development for millions of urban dwellers across the region.
The exhibition, Informal Horizons, focuses on current efforts to counter issues relating to informal land ownership in East Africa, along with research on the underlying structures conditioning the informal urban growth. This includes projects by Architects without Borders Denmark, addressing issues with land rights in Uganda and Mozambique. Additionally, the exhibition displays material from the KADK based research project, Understanding Urban Form of Informal Settlements in East Africa, which is currently examining issues related to the informal urban development in the region, in order to improve the basis for developing effective urban planning interventions and policies for such areas. Informal Horizons thus seeks to synthesize these efforts to improve our understanding of the ongoing extensive urbanization processes in East Africa and display current efforts to transform informal settlements into sustainable urban neighborhoods.
The exhibition is on from September 2 till October 11 2019 at KADK library, Danneskiold-Samsøes Alle 50, 1434 København K. The exhibition is made possible with financial supported from CISU – Civilsamfund i Udvikling.