The Illegality of Innovation: Cities Climate Change and the Build Environment

GPIA student Michael Palmieri presented his ideas for a research paper for the course “Global Urban Futures”.

His ideas surrounded the following concepts:

Climate Change and Cities
Half of worlds population lives on or near coastlines, and most major cities in both global north and south are on coastlines, we have left the “envelope of regularity”; should new urban growth be channeled away from high risk sites?

The Right to the City
Traditional approach versus a potential new approach rooting in the material reality

Illegality of Innovation
Innovations from the ground-level tend to first be illegal and only once success is established  projects begin to negotiate with the government – should the state provide more space for “illegal innovations”? Cited examples were the Floating School in Makoko Lagos, Michael Reynold’s Earth Ship Biotecture, SDI/ Mahila Mila/ SPARC)

Floating school

Modernization and Progress
Are these two words synonyms or contradictions? After all human adaptive capacities are outpacing adaptive capacity of policy as illegal or ‘undervalorized’ (Sassen/Jabeen)

Can  illegal innovations contribute to achieving the right to the city?


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