Informal, formal and collaborative (IFC) is a DESIS thematic cluster that aims to identify potential ideas for a new generation of services that could be designed from the underserved communities’ perspective.
"Collaborative services in informal settlements. A social innovation case in a pacified favela in Rio de Janeiro"

“Collaborative services in informal settlements. A social innovation case in a pacified favela in Rio de Janeiro”

A paper related to IFC thematic cluster was presented the first Social Frontiers Research Conference. 
“A construir”/Ready to build: self-build instructional guide

“A construir”/Ready to build: self-build instructional guide

Palermo, Colombia / Context: The Caribbean region is an area with a large number of displaced people reported in the last decade. In informal settlements like Villa Clarín, self-builds is the common response for housing problems when displaced from rural or urban formal settlements, most of the time made in...
Collabo Poa initiative: a co-learning space for university design students and Kibera artists

Collabo Poa initiative: a co-learning space for university design students and Kibera artists

M2 Art centre (Kibera) and University of Nairobi / Context: M2 Art centre functions as an innovative space for income generation and cultural activities for young artists in Kibera. University students, who enter into the corporate world, also have little regard for the informal creative economy characterised by projects such as...
IFC Cluster is now on-line!

IFC Cluster is now on-line!

The DESIS Network cluster, Informal, Formal and Collaborative is now on-line.
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Luta pela Paz (Fight for Peace)

Luta pela Paz (Fight for Peace)

Favela Complexo da Maré, Rio de Janeiro and Newham, East London / Context: The English researcher Luke Dowdney completed his Masters degree in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University in 1995, writing his dissertation on the violence suffered by street children of Brazil, specifically in Recife. During his research, Luke lived with young people in situations...
"Da Roça": Direct purchase of natural and organic products from farmers

“Da Roça”: Direct purchase of natural and organic products from farmers

Favela (Slum) Complexo da Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Case idea: Da Roça is a store inside favela Complexo da Maré that sell natural products for local residents. Not all natural products are organic, but high quality and free of transgenic. The organic products come from producers who employ agroecological, organic procedures, or are...
Favela experience: home hosting service in favelas

Favela experience: home hosting service in favelas

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Case idea: It is a service for tourist hosting and guiding in favelas (slums).  Foment tourism in favelas’ areas, provide cultural interchange, deconstruct prejudices and generate income for the residents. / Context: There was no organized service for hosting in the slums with the own residents. Very few residents with...
Linkage Project: designing solutions for a Children´s residence

Linkage Project: designing solutions for a Children´s residence

La Pintana’s Municipality /Santiago (Metropolitan Region) – Chile / Context: SENAME’s Residence is located in a commune with high rate of poverty and vulnerable community. They get subvention from SENAME equivalent to 60% of total expenses, and are supposed to get the rest by raising funds. As they can’t afford business staff for this, 60% become...
Dibapalwa Nageng Cooperative Trust: Adding value to natural resources

Dibapalwa Nageng Cooperative Trust: Adding value to natural resources

Gaborone, Botswana (Gabane village) / Context: Dibapalwa Nageng Cooperative Trust is made of six old women who collect the morula (sclerocarya birrea) fruits from the natural habitat and process them to add value in making organic sweets. This project aims at using local natural resources sustainably and in the process creates sustainable livelihoods of the women and...
Favela Orgânica: Total use of vegetables and fruits to cook and to fertilize home gardens

Favela Orgânica: Total use of vegetables and fruits to cook and to fertilize home gardens

Favela da Babilônia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Case idea: Service based on total use of vegetables and fruits  (including skin/peels, generally considered as waste) to prepare buffets, teach how to cook and to create home gardens. / Context: Regina Tchelly cooks since she was 15 years-old. Eleven years ago, she decided to leave Paraíba, northeast...
IFC case collection: first round

IFC case collection: first round

The participants of the thematic cluster were invited to build and share a case collection of IFC cases in their local contexts. Considering the different regions involved and the specific agenda of each participant, the “case collection” activity will be managed in short “rounds”. Through these rounds it will be possible to increase the knowledge...
Formats for case collection

Formats for case collection

IFC thematic cluster begins its activities inviting participants to build and share a case collection. It aims at mapping a range of interesting existing initiatives (in terms of local experiences and projects) related to the topic. The case collection activity will be managed on “rounds”. Through these rounds it will be possible increase knowlegde exchange...
IFC Participants and its research interests

IFC Participants and its research interests

Each participant was asked to send a question, able to express its specific research interest.
Presentation IFC cluster at Cumulus Kalmar

Presentation IFC cluster at Cumulus Kalmar

Mariana Amatullo (Designmatters DESIS Lab) was present at the Cumulus Kalmar Conference on June 7/2013, on behalf of DESIS thematic cluster: Informal, Formal, Collaborative: Designing in Underserved Communities. The DESIS thematic cluster presentations occurred at the end of the 2nd day of the conference programming and were very well attended: it was a full room...