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TU Muenchen hosts international symposium on 'informal urbanism'

UN Habitat Hub to be launched at Munich meeting Nov. 20-23, 2013

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

In developing countries millions of new residents stream into megacities - often building "informal" neighborhoods where new generations will be born. Official responses have typically been like efforts to hold back the tide. With the expected influx of another two billion low-income migrants by 2050, this challenge is being reframed, with a focus on exploring more constructive approaches that channel the energy, creativity, and resourcefulness of the new city dwellers.

Researchers at the forefront of this worldwide movement are converging on Munich from November 20 to 23 for a symposium hosted by the Technische Universität München (TUM). The interdisciplinary symposium "Metropolis Nonformal - Anticipation" assumes that collaboration, not prevention, offers the only path toward sustainable living in the megacities of the future.

The second such meeting of the minds arranged under the auspices of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study, this symposium also marks a new beginning: the official launch of a United Nations Habitat Hub on Informal Urbanism.

Journalists interested in covering the event need to register and should also contact the TUM Corporate Communications Center (


Symposium program and further information:


Juliane Schneegans
Scientific Assistant, Landscape Architecture and Public Space
Technische Universität München
T: +49 (0)8161 71 4166

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